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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
+ What initially got you interested in writing?
I think I was born interested in writing. When I was really young I wanted to grow up to be Dolly Parton. I would work hard on writing my country-western songs, even though I didn’t know how to do important writing-type things, like spell. Or hold a pencil. But I still remember some of the oh-so-insightful lyrics today.
+ How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?
Several things led up to me writing and subsequently publishing my first novel, but the thing that most made me think, “I can do this” was meeting some actual published authors for the first time. I realized they were just people who worked really hard and made their dreams come true. I decided if they could do it, I could at least try.
+ What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Blame it on growing up in the 1980s where all of our cartoons included a “one to grow on” or “knowing is half the battle” message, but I intend for my novels to be very didactic. I go into each of them with a message (or several messages) I want the reader to walk away with. (I know. I’m one of those adults. It’s horrible.) The biggest thing I hope my readers take away is the knowledge that we’re all strong in our own ways, and that our strength comes from staying true to our own thoughts and beliefs.
+ What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Connecting with readers. The hardest days are worth it when someone tells me that one of my books has helped them through a hard time or made them smile.
+ What do you find most challenging about writing?
The writing part. Seriously, putting one word after the other is next to impossible.
+ What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Don’t just want it. Do it. Get your butt in a chair and write. It’s the only way to become a writer.
+ Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
When I’m not writing books, I’m a YA librarian, which is pretty much the coolest job on earth.
+ What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?