Where do you get your ideas?

I get my ideas from being nosy. And sleeping. I like to eavesdrop, and sometimes when I’m doing that I hear juicy snippets of conversation that grow in my head into something bigger. I also try to write down my dreams when I remember them. I’ve gotten some good story ideas from those.

But mostly, I get ideas from my own life. From wondering how things would turn out if they were different. Even ordinary days have extraordinary bits.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I would be an archeologist. I would love to dig up cities and poke through ancient people’s stuff. See? It all comes down to being nosy.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes. Always. I also wanted to be a lawyer on a space colony, a tightrope walker and a trapeze artist. Thank goodness, the writing thing panned out.

Is Devin Rhodes Is Dead the first novel that you wrote?

No. I wrote my first novel in my 8th grade woodshop notebook. I’ve written several other books since. Some of them will remain in my proverbial writer’s drawer. Others, I hope, will one day be published.

Do you like all kinds of chocolate?

I do not like white chocolate. Frankly, I’m skeptical as to whether or not white chocolate is actually chocolate. 

Do you always know how your stories are going to end?

When I read, I like to wonder how the story is going to end. When I write, I feel the same way. Much of the thrill for me is imagining what my characters will do next. How will they resolve a situation? How will they change in the end? But that’s just me. Some writers are able to plan out and outline their books before they write them. I’m super jealous of them, actually.

Do you play the guitar, like Cass in Devin Rhodes Is Dead?

I don’t play the guitar, but I play the flute whenever I have the chance. I also sort of play the piano. I should be better after 8 years of piano lessons, but I’m not.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

I think all writers put some autobiographical traits into their characters, as well as borrow characteristics from people they’ve known in their lives. So, yeah, I’m sure if I thought hard enough I could identify where some of my characters originated. Mostly, it’s all make-believe, which is one of the things that makes writing so much fun.

Where do you write?

I write on my laptop, curled up on the couch. It’s probably not great for my lumbar region, but it works for me. 

I want to be a writer. How do I get started?

I’m so glad you asked! Writing takes time, hard work, dedication, and in my case, a lot of chocolate. Visit my “Advice to Writers” tab to learn more about the writing process.