--> How many rejection slips did you get before your first novel was published?
Enough so that I was able to wallpaper an entire bathroom with them! Really, true story!
--> Have you ever thrown away a book that you just couldn't make work?
That’s never happened, I save EVERYTHING!
--> Is it still exciting to publish a new book even after all this time?
Every time I see a new book of mine in print, my heart races and I start smiling. I have always loved being a writer (Especially the Hannah Swensen Mysteries).
--> Do you get ideas for new books all the time and you keep them written down, or does one come to mind when you need one?
It happens both ways.
--> Do you have entire story arcs mapped out when you begin a trilogy or a series of related books?
I have each book mapped out, before I begin in outline form, but I have never plotted an “arc” of a series. I just write one book at a time- focusing on each one individually.
--> Do you know how a book/series is going to end when you begin it?
--> Do you have to enter a different mind-set to write different stories for different names / characters?
--> Is there any kind of book you would like to write but haven't?
--> If you could change anything about your writing career, what would it be?
I wouldn't change anything about Hannah. She wouldn't let me.
--> 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?
I wish I had written a check to myself for a million dollars that hadn't bounced!
--> Anything you’ve always wanted to be asked about your writing but no one ever has?
Not yet, but there is always hope