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What kind of books do you write?

I write fantasy books for children, both middle grade and young adult. My main goal for each new project is to come up with a really original magic system, and build the world, characters, and plot around that. Everywhere I go, I keep my eyes and ears open for something that might inspire my next story. (And somehow, no matter how each story starts out, they all end up going a little dark and/or creepy in the end.)

What are some of your favorite books?

Oh, I could go on about my favorite books for hours. But Iíll try my best to be succinct.

Middle Grade

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne

Young Adult

Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (Changes is my favorite)
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The early Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey
Heartís Blood by Juliet Marillier
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Martian by Andy Weir

You donít just sit around writing all day, right? What else do you do with your time?

Well, I obviously read a lot. Pretty much all writers do. And I'm really into movies. Some of my favorites are WALLēE, The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge!, Jaws, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Love Actually, and Star Wars. Plus about twenty Disney movies that I've seen more times than I care to admit. Disney World is my favorite place I've ever been, and I even have a Disney-themed tattoo. I sing my way through about 50% of my waking hours (this is only sort of an exaggeration). I've kept the playbill from every Broadway show I've seen as an adult...and this collection is enormous. (I also have two Broadway-themed tattoos.) I have such a debilitating fear of sharks that I can't go near the water at a beach. But I think the ocean is stunningly beautiful (and am, oddly enough, fascinated by sharks). I'm less afraid of the mountains and woods, and love hiking, snowshoeing, and geocaching. Kayaking under the stars is even more peaceful and beautiful than you could imagine. As long as it's not on the ocean. Because sharks. It's a dream of mine to visit every single continent, preferably more than once. (Except maybe Antarctica. I'll probably be fine with only one trip there. Provided I see enough penguins.) So far, I'm only up to two, so I've got a long way to go.

Where can I buy your books?

Patience, young Padawan. I havenít quite made it that far on my writing journey yet. But I can promise you that I wonít give up. When it comes to my writing, I tend to subscribe to the Yoda school of thought. Do or do not. There is no try.

However, if you're interested in a sneak peek at my books, I do have some excerpts (as part of a fun little game) hidden somewhere on this site. You'll have to take a short flight to get there, though. And keep your eyes peeled. If you blink, you just might miss it.