I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for this interview!
Back in 2010, the storyline for The One Thing—characters, and all— sort of just appeared in my head. I wasn’t writing back then, and I’d certainly never been published, so of course I dismissed it completely. The story picked at me and picked at me, though, for nearly a year, so finally I sat down and began making notes, just to get the premise out of my head. Those notes turned into a first draft, which turned into a manuscript that I pitched to a few agents. I found one quickly, and the story sold within months, at auction, to Disney-Hyperion. (Nobody is more shocked about this than me. 😀)
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
My agent was in charge of finding a publisher, but from what I understand the process was quick and smooth. I consider myself very fortunate!
Could you describe literature in three words?
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I can’t say that there’s a book out there that I’d vow to never read, though I do stay away from the horror genre as a rule. I read Stephen King’s The Shining when I was a teenager, and I was so terrified that I barely slept for a week. (What I’m saying here is that I’m a complete chicken. 😀)
What’s your favorite book?
There’s so much fantastic literature out there that I doubt I could choose just one favorite book, but I’ve adored everything by Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, and Sarah Dessen.
Ebooks or paper print?
I love paper print but books are taking over my house, so lately I’ve been buying more Ebooks!
What inspires you?
Generally inspiration comes when I’m not trying to write—when I’m driving, half asleep, taking a shower, or walking through the grocery store. Ha! This is the worst, because I end up with crazy notes all over the place, blowing around in my car and stuffed in my purse. And when I finally sit down to write, I can’t make heads or tails of them.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
I’d LOVE to meet Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series! She’s my absolute favorite—unapologetically herself in every way.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Public speaking! I avoid it at all costs.
The best decision of your life was?
To marry my husband.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
My second story, The Leading Edge of Now, is due to release on September 4th, 2018. The German translation, Dieser Augenblick, Erschreckend und Schön, releases earlier than that—on March 21st, 2018. I’m currently writing a third story, but can’t give any details just yet!
Thank you so much for the lovely interview!