1. Tell us a little bit about your book, Chasing the Skip.
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2. Can you describe your road to getting published?
In a word, it was long. I wrote nine novels over twelve years. I racked up in excess of a hundred rejections. Somewhere along the line I learned to revise, and started getting much nicer rejections. I started working with an agent, and compiled those rejections faster than ever.
In seriousness, I started writing books because it was what I wanted to do, and I sent them out because I didn't want to reject myself, even though my early work was far from publishable. But I kept writing, and once my skills were where they needed to be, CHASING THE SKIP sold rather quickly.
3. What qualities do you like most in Ricki?
Ricki's having a hard time, but she wants very much to make things better, even though she has no idea how. That doesn't keep her from trying (and failing, and trying again.) Her persistence is probably my favorite thing about her.
4. What's your favorite book of all time, and has it had any impact on your writing?
I can't pick just one. But my favorite book in the contemporary YA genre is SPEAK, by Laurie Halse Anderson. That book is pure brilliance. I'd like to say it's had an impact on my writing, but I wouldn't dare suggest that my work even leans toward something as beautiful as SPEAK. Maybe someday. It's good to always have things to aspire to.
5. Do you have anything new in the works?
Always. As a writer, the only thing I can control is whether or not I'm working on the next book. I have several more books finished, but nothing under contract yet. And, of course, I'm writing a new one. The future is always uncertain, but hopefully you'll get to read them all in the not-so-distant future.