What is your favorite writing and reading genre?
Fantasy! Absolutely fantasy. And science fiction. Because I love those genres most, I'm more critical of them, but nothing gets my heart soaring like a good fantasy novel.
Where and how did you get your idea for your books?
I slaughter unicorns for them.
If a movie or TV show would be created for your books, which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead roles for your books?
I'm definitely not a casting director for a reason. I'm terrible with faces and I don't know who enough actors are. I'd end up with stick figures acting in my novels if it were up to me!
When did you decide to become a writer?
It wasn't so much a decision as a realization that writing was a job and it could be my job, too. That was when I was eleven.
How did you get your book published? How long did it take for you to get it published?
I got published the boring, traditional way, through lots of hard work, rejection, writing more, and getting rejected again. Once I started writing seriously, it took seven years. And seventeen manuscripts.
Do you ever get writer's Block? If so, which book did you get the worst while writing?
I don't get writer's block in the way most people talk about it. I get stuck on difficult parts of the story, or get lazy, or make mistakes somewhere and have to figure out how to move forward.
The most difficult book for me to write has been The Mirror King, although Before She Ignites has really tried to take that crown.
What is the average time for you to write a book?
I used to be able to draft a book really quickly -- two or three months. Now, it takes considerably longer.
For your own reading, do you prefer kindle or paperback books?
I like hardcover.
How are the covers made for your books?
My publisher takes care of all of that for me, thank goodness. We'd be back to stick figures if I had to do it! But they usually hire a model, do photo shoots, and have their in-house designers work up something beautiful.
What advice would you give writer wannabes and future/young authors?
Write a lot. Read a lot. And learn to give/take critique.
What do you do during your free time, how do you relax?
I knit a lot.