On books and writing:
I’ve loved to read since before I can remember. My tastes have gone through many phases: hard sci-fi, legal thrillers, chick lit, high fantasy, paranormal romance, horror…you name it, I’ve read it, and can name at least one book I loved in it. My current love is YA of all sorts, but an adult or middle grade title will still slip in there sometimes when I get a hankering.
I also write YA books. No, you can’t read them. At least not now. I’m still working on that part.
I like books with lots of action, complex plots, conflicted characters, and high stakes. It’s what I gravitate toward in both my reading and writing. None of my writing is available for public consumption (yet), but never fear. If my books ever make it out into the world, you’ll hear me screaming it from the rooftops. I may even rent a skywriter.
I’m married to an awesome guy who happens to be my best friend. He has a job making the Internet a happier place for humans everywhere. And fairy creatures too, if they are so inclined to use the Internet.
I have two beautiful daughters who think they are fairy princesses, or My Little Ponies, or superheroes. They are constantly asking me when I will become a “real” author, and if we can have a party anyway even if my book is “really, really bad.” Obviously, they have tons of confidence in me.
I’ve taught high school band and choir, crunched numbers in a university financial aid office, and currently work part-time from home editing financial earnings transcripts. Mostly, though, I frolic in fictional worlds on my computer.
We live in Nashville, TN, and it is awesome. You should come visit.
GAMES: Risk, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Rook, Alternative Guess Who (wait, you’ve never played Alternative Guess Who? Come. Join me. We shall play.)
CURRENT OBSESSION: Pandemic
BOOKS: The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow series by Orson Scott Card, Assassin’s Apprentice (and the rest of the Farseer series) by Robin Hobb, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, the Hourglass series by Myra McEntire, the Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
CURRENT OBSESSION: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
MOVIES: The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poets Society, Galaxy Quest, Throw Momma From the Train, The Princess Bride, Moulin Rouge, The Man From Snowy River, Amadeus, The Avengers, Sense and Sensibility, The Prestige, Inception, Father of the Bride, Star Wars (IV-VI), Pitch Perfect
CURRENT OBSESSION: Pacific Rim
TELEVISION: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Alias, Friday Night Lights, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek: TNG, Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team, Friends, The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries
CURRENT OBSESSION: Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad
MUSIC: R.E.M., Counting Crows, Ben Folds (with and without the Five), U2, old school Bon Jovi, Guster, Moxy Fruvous. I also have a soft spot for dance music, top 40 pop hits, and boy bands. Shhhhh.
CURRENT OBSESSION: Peter Hollens covers
BROADWAY MUSICALS: Les Misérables, Ragtime, The Lion King, Man of La Mancha, Songs for a New World, Phantom of the Opera
SOUNDTRACKS: Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, most scores by John Williams (E.T., Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Star Wars), Skyrim
CURRENT OBSESSION: Everything by Hans Zimmer