Book Nerd Interview
I always loved stories, and getting lost in books. I think becoming an author was the logical next step. Or, at least, the one I wanted most!
Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
I'm a big believer that reality is what we make it; there are very few things in life that are truly beyond changing. So, I think the beauty of stories is that they let you see beyond what is to what could be. That's important.
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
Of course! I have so many favorite books. Right now, in this moment, if I had to pick one it would probably be Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. Outside of my genre? Probably anything by Kate Morton or Jane Austen's Persuasion.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
I think a lot authors, myself included, try to give what we know. But the best advice I've ever gotten, and the little piece I try to always give is this: What's good for one is not always good for all. Follow the rules but follow your heart, and then break the rules if you need to.
In your book; Light of the Moon, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it?
Yeah! Light of the Moon follows Calum and Kate as they journey to find themselves in a world on the brink of a paranormal war. There's so much happening in this book. Mostly, it's about Calum and Kate finding themselves, discovering their powers, and slowly falling in love.
For those who are unfamiliar with Calum, how would you introduce him?
Calum is a mix between confident and emotional. If I had to pick, he would be exactly like Scott from MTV's Teen Wolf.
What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Currently, I'm finishing up the sequel to Light of the Moon called Shadow of the Sun. That will be out soon. And I'm also finishing up a secret project that I can't say much about, though I will say it has something to do with aliens.
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I would introduce Kate from Light of the Moon to Isabel or Cole from Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. I think it would be insanely hysterical watching three huge personalities go at it. Poor characters. C'mon, Kate! You can take them!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Kate?
She was secretly emotional. When I started writing Kate, I wanted her to be this strong female character that was completely independent and courageous. But as the story continued, and she was fleshed out a little, she became raw and emotional. And that is more than okay. We all are, a little bit. And it was surprising to me that I couldn't stop that. Kate was who she wanted to be.
When asked, what's the one question you always answer with a lie?
Them: "You've seen Veronica Mars, right?"
Me: "OMG YES. I loved it!"
You guys, I will! I promise. One day.
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
I was a counselor for a summer camp one year. That was probably the most fun and educational summer job I had.
Who was your first girlfriend?
Oh my goodness. This interview took a turn. Technically, my first girlfriend was in 1st grade, I think. We shared crayons. It was magical.
Tell me about your first kiss
This happened in kindergarten. Near the pretend kitchen during free time. Our eyes met across the dollhouse and the rest is history.
What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back?
That I did not love them back. We always say that giving love is so easy, and it is when it's right. But when it's not and you don't it's almost impossible to let the other person understand that you just don't, and that's okay. It's not okay, but it is.
When was the last time you cried?
When I read Brigid Kemmerer's SECRET last summer.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
Anytime people wrote letters more than they do now.
What is your greatest adventure?
Publishing. Falling in love. Can I pick more than one? I'd also really like to go on a road trip.
Where can readers stalk you?
One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy...
Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of demons, enchanters, and witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate's blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn't. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.
Sometimes being brave just means falling in love.
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