Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write books for teens and mid-grade readers. I have written 14 novels and three collections of short stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Someone Like Him is my latest book. It was inspired by the fact that I grew up on the east coast and now live in Oregon, and the beauty of the old-growth forests.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m a “punster.” I don’t outline, I write “by the seat of my pants.”
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Judy Blume and Sarah Dessen
What are you working on now?
I’m mulling over an idea, but it isn’t really at the working-on-it stage yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I try to promote as many places as I can. You never know which kinds of readers are where.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up, and write, write, write!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To just go ahead and write. Don’t worry about what your great-grandmother or anyone else will think. 🙂
What are you reading now?
I just finished Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
What’s next for you as a writer?
A new YA novel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s hard to pin down, but I’ll say Gone with the Wind is the most memorable.