Where are you from?
I was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Cooperstown, New York.
What are your favorite books?
Of all time? Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë; First Love, Ivan Turgenev; Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy; The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde; The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Eloise, written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight; the stories of Flannery O’Connor; Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth; To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. What are your hobbies and outside interests?
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
When do you write?
The short answer is, when I can. Sometimes I’m lucky and get in an hour every day before work; other times I feel that I can’t write, and—at its worst—this might last for months. I’ve tried a variety of schedules—before work, weekends, after work; at home, in a coffee shop, at the office; once a week, three times a week, five times a week. The most important thing is that whether I’m actively writing or not, I’m always thinking about the story.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was an act of shameless plagiarism. When I was six years old, I so admired The Giving Tree that I copied it line by line into a Hello Kitty notebook and printed my own name in place of Shel Silverstein’s. The Giving Tree, by Callie Wright. Thankfully, my sophomore effort, in the second grade, was an original work of fiction: Grant and the Martians, a novel in three chapters. The ending was abrupt, but chapter one had potential.
Where do you write?
In a red swivel chair in my apartment.