Let’s start things off with you. Tell our readers and me a little bit about you and one random interesting fact!
Heyo! I hail from Seattle, WA, and I have the sweater collection to prove it. BUT, veritable East Coast-West Coast hybrid, having spent exactly half of my life on both sides of the country. Something random…how about a few? I’m a classically trained pianist, but I only play for my four-year-old these days.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love to play music, go running, hang out with my girlfriends. Seattle is a great city for the outdoors, but I don’t get out as much as I’d like. Honestly, my fave thing is to sit in a coffee shop and read. HEAVEN.
When did you start writing?
When I learned to write letters. I’m not kidding. I have my first “book” stashed somewhere in a cardboard box. I was six years old, and it’s a parable about a whaler who becomes friends with a whale and learns to stop killing them. My school principal gave me a Red Apple award (which was basically a sticky note that said “Good Job!” on it. But I was very proud).
Tell me about what it was like for you writing and publishing your first book.
Legally Yours came fast and furious. I drafted it in about two months, all 160 thousand-plus words of it. Then I stuck it in a drawer for two years before I got up the guts to edit and publish it. But in the end, I had to. Stories are meant to be shared.
Can you tell me a little bit about your recently published novel?
Bad Idea is an even scarier book for me to publish because it’s so personal. It’s based, a little, on some of my experiences as a student in New York City just after 9/11. The romance between Layla Barros (an NYU student) and Nico Soltero (a Puerto Rican FedEx courier) is fictionaland characters are all fictional, of course, but the way the book moves through the city and tests the differences of class and race between all its residents is very real. It’s my love letter to New York.
What’s your favorite part about being an author?
Getting licensed to be a crazy lady. I talk to my characters in my car. I mean, I did that before I actually wrote them down, but now I can claim there is a reason to it.
Where do you get your best ideas?
In my sleep. I dream plotlines ALL the time. I dreamed the entire first three chapters of Legally Yours, woke up at three a.m., and wrote for the rest of the night.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects coming up?
I’m working on the second installment of the Bad Idea series. People are already yowling at me for the second book, so I need to get on that. I also have a few other side projects I’m working on, but Bad Idea Vol. II is front and center.