Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes! I can only write first draft at home in my teeny little study. I don’t plot or outline my novels. I wander around the house trying out dialogue and narrative in full voice and then write bits down and then wander some more and on and on . . .
What’s a typical working day like for you? Do you set a daily writing goal?
When I’m not touring or speaking I’m at my desk by 8:30am and stay there until about 8:30 to 9:30 pm. At least 8 hours of that is writing and the rest is answering stuff, emails, and social media etc. I also write at least 3 to 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Even with that, I’m a very slow writer and only crank out 1 to 3 pages a day. I know eh???
What’s your favorite thing about being an author?
Oddly enough it’s the people! For such a solitary profession writers are often in the public in a big way! I love going to high schools and universities. I love signing at bookstores and talking to interviewers. I love meeting teacher librarians and all the passionate people at book and library conferences. I love working with everyone in my publishing houses. I think what I’m saying is that I love book people!!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled for research?
Can a Le Crusette frying pan kill someone without leaving a blood trail?
How did you come up with the characters, Kate and Olivia? Are they based on people you know or have met?
I’ve met a few Olivias in my life especially when we lived in New York. Katie our scholarship student—well, lets just say that I was a scholarship student. . . .
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read out of your comfort zone—write out of your comfort zone and put your writing out there whether it’s via social media, digitally, contests, or joining a writer’s group. And NEVER EVER give up!!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Stranger Than Fiction
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that.
Are you happy?
What are you working on now?
I’m in the first draft stage of of another mystery/thriller—wandering around the house talking to myself and writing very, very slowly!
The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.
As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.
When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?