--> How many rejection slips did you get before your first novel was published?
I like to say that I never got any rejection letters because all letters went to my agent. I was lucky enough, though, to have multiple publishers interested in my first book.
--> Have you ever thrown away a book that you just couldn't make work?
No. I spend a long time thinking before I start to write. I don't outline, and I don't know exactly what's going to happen, but by the time I start to type, I have made a commitment to a concept or a vibe or a character that I know I want to live with for the next year.
--> Is it still exciting to publish a new book even after all this time?
So, so, so, so exciting. If I'm ever not excited to see my name on a book on a shelf, just shoot me.
I'd love to be one of those authors with the next 12 books all lined up mentally, but I'm a serial monogamist. One idea at a time.
--> Do you have entire story arcs mapped out when you begin a trilogy or a series of related books?
I believe there are a few issues that Ellie Hatcher will eventually have to tackle. I don't know when those issues will arise, and how she will resolve them, but I won't see the series as successful unless I eventually take her through these challenges.
--> Do you know how a book/series is going to end when you begin it?
No. I have an idea of the bad things that happen and who does them and why, but I don't know how the story will unfold on the page until I write, one page at a time.
--> Is there any kind of book you would like to write but haven't?
Yes. It's a book about my first dog, Duffer, and all the things I learned from him. Apparently someone else already did that, though, about some dog called Marley.
--> If you could change anything about your writing career, what would it be?
I wouldn't change my career, but I wouldn't' mind having a clone -- one person to be Professor Burke at the law school while I make stuff up on a computer.
--> If you could have written any single work – novel, screenplay, stage play, poem, history, biography – that you most admire and adore, what would it be?