- What is your first memory of writing for fun?
The title of the story was Super Spider. Get this: it was about a talking spider who had super powers. He lived in a world full of other talking bugs who needed an awful lot of saving. This was in third grade and it is pretty clear that my interests have basically stayed the same, no matter how old I get.
- How many drafts = done?
Ugh. Let’s see. There’s the very first draft (“filling the sandbox with sand”) that no one gets to see. The second draft (“getting rid of unnecessary sand”). Probably a third draft (“building basic sand castles”). The third draft goes to my editor and some beta readers. Once those come back, it goes through at least two more drafts before I’m ready to send it out into the world.
- What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?
Let’s try this “living in the moment” thing that everyone’s talking about. In June, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness hooked me. I did not want to put it down at all. The main character lives on a planet where a chemical agent made it so that everyone can hear the thoughts all men and animals…and it killed all of the women. Definitely meant for older teen readers.
- What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?
I love dreaming up new worlds full of magic and tech. My creativity is definitely my super power, so when I get to use it at maximum force, I really feel like I’m in my element. You know how Aang sometimes enters the Avatar the state and he feels unstoppable? It’s like that.
- What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?
Currently, my favorite words are “You’re welcome.” I am SO behind the times here, but I saw Moana for the first time in July and loved it. Ever since, I’ve been playing the song, “You’re Welcome” each morning. It makes me smile.
Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Both of them would be terrible ice cream flavors.
Ha, they WOULD both be terrible ice cream flavors, you’re right. Love that.
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Author of the Agent Darcy & Ninja Steve book series.