In what genre are you most comfortable writing? I love this question. I started out thinking I was going to write a legal thriller because I practiced law for many years, and that’s what I loved to read. The funny thing is, I started writing several novels and lost interest halfway through. It wasn’t until I hosted a number of book clubs for middle school kids that I realized how much I love YA. And, it wasn’t until I began writing YA that I realized how much fun the science fiction/fantasy genre can be. In my opinion, YA literature is much purer emotionally because it doesn’t get bogged down with all the baggage adult characters carry with them. The real surprise, though, has come with the realization that a large percentage of my readers are adults who enjoy the sci-fi and romance elements of my books. I’ve pretty much stopped telling people I write YA and instead say I write science fiction/fantasy with a young protagonist.
What contributes to making a successful writer? A great work ethic, an extensive vocabulary, a thick skin, and an enduring sense of humor.
What book should everyone read at least once? The Prophet by Kahil Gibran.
Who is your favorite author? Well, I’d love to be cool and say it’s Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, but the truth is Mark Twain is my all time favorite. Dude still makes me laugh and cry!
What is your favorite quote? “There are two great days in a person’s life, the day we are born and the day we discover why.” ~William Barclay
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Genre - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal/YA
Rating – PG13
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