When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to write books since I was in Mrs. DiFrances’s class in third grade and she assigned a writing assignment, a short story.
When it came time for Mrs. DiFrances to return our graded stories, she said that first she wanted to read one of them out loud. I was in complete shock when I realized she was reading from my story, and that the class was responding: leaning forward in their seats, laughing at the funny parts, gasping at the surprising plot twist.
When she announced that I was the writer, and that she thought it was excellent, the other kids turned around in their seats to gape at me. I was the shy kid, the klutzy one who wasn’t good in gym. I was not anyone you’d notice. But I could do this; I could take something out of my head and put it on paper, and get other people to respond to it. That’s all it took. I was hooked.
Out of all the books you've written, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favorite is always the one I’m currently working on, probably because it’s fresh and new and full of possibility.
Where do you write, and when?
Recently, I converted a bedroom into my home office and I love it! I have a mahogany desk with my regular computer, a recliner in the corner for when I use my laptop, a bookcase, and an electric fireplace (which some members of my family think is tacky, but I don’t care. I like it.). On the walls I have framed prints—gifts from the artist, Vincent Desjardins, who did the illustrations for my book, Secrets of the Magic Ring.
As to when, morning and early afternoon seems to work best. Ideally without distractions, but sometimes life interferes and I just have to deal with it.
Your book, A Scattered Life, was optioned for film. Has there been any progress on the movie?
Having a novel optioned for film was an exciting experience. Unfortunately, as so often happens, it never got past the development stage. At this time, it’s stalled and doesn’t seem likely to be made. It’s disappointing, but I’m still thrilled that someone in Hollywood envisioned it as a movie and was willing to put time and money into the project.
Will there be more books in the Edgewood series?
The fourth book is the final installment in the Edgewood Series.