What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
Ogunquit, Maine. It’s a small, beautiful town on Maine’s southern coast with long stretches of sandy beaches and a walking path along the iconic Maine cliff rock. I feel instantly relaxed whenever I’m there.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I’m most comfortable writing realistic, contemporary fiction, probably because of the old adage, “write what you know.” I’d love to write a historical novel or a ghost story, but I don’t have time to do research while also maintaining a full time job, and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to craft a believable ghost story.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My students. I used to moderate a weekly writing club at the high school where I teach. Each week I’d write with the kids. They were so enthusiastic and creative, and I think their excitement infected me, too. My first novel WATCH ME DISAPPEAR is for teens. I wanted to write something my young writers would enjoy.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Revision. Drafting is easy and fun, but taking that raw material and shaping it into a meaningful, organized finished product takes a lot of time, effort, and insight, and the ability to self-reflect. I can draft all day, but revision takes discipline.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I think my greatest strength as a writer is my ability to sympathize with people, even people whom I disagree with or who do things I would never do. I’m really interested in what makes people tick, and fiction allows me to explore that. In THE LATECOMERS FAN CLUB, I wrote from the point of view of Nathaniel, who is a total jerk, but it was so fun to peek inside his head and even though he’s despicable, I had a lot of compassion for him.
Genre – Women’s Literature
Rating – PG-13