If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Past. I’m too worried going to the future would ruin life for me. I mean, what if humanity’s destroyed itself? Then how do you keep living in your present time knowing doom and gloom is on its way? One ticket back in time please!
What is one book everyone should read?
My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, definitely. The novel has so many layers and entertains on so many levels. Also the characters in that novel seem more real than those from any other I’ve ever read. It’s just beautiful—that’s the only word for it. This one book everyone should attempt regardless of genre preference.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
HyperSpeed—because that’s how I live my life. If I want to get something done, I get it done. Okay, I procrastinate *a little bit* on Facebook. Okay, a lot a bit, but I still do manage to get a crazy amount accomplished. I’ve been asked more than once whether (a) I have a clone army or (b) I ever sleep. HyperSpeed to the rescue. Zoooom!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate, of course, but not just plain chocolate—chocolate with lots of chunky goodness mixed in like nuts, marshmallows, cookie pieces, cookie dough, anything nummy.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Urm, how about one of my relatives from way back? I have no idea which one, but somebody who is super awesome and impressive and had a cool life, someone who can teach me about where I came from in the best possible light. Yeah, that would be totally cool.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, 100%. And to take that further peanut M&Ms. I love the candy so much, I gave them an important role in Open Heart. No really, I did!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you’re looking for a YA read that tackles the real-life problems associated with being a teen (bulimia, bullying, parents – to name a few) and also has a compelling paranormal aspect, then look no further!
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I work anywhere from 13 to 17 hours per day, split between writing and running my book marketing business, Novel Publicity. Every day. This does not leave time for social interactions, family, taking care of my health, or any sort of leisure activity. Hey, didn’t TR say, “far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing?” I don’t mind having to give-up the other parts of my life to pursue my work, because I love it. I know I’ll eventually need to achieve a better balance, but for now, I’m content to push the pedal to the metal.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is....
Harry Potter, duh!
Here’s an answer you never saw coming from a YA author: Frank Sinatra. I love Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, anything happy. They “make me smile in my heart.” I swear half of me is stuck at twelve years old and the other half is in its seventies—whatevs.
Genre - Fantasy / Futuristic & Romance
Rating - PG13
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