Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Love, friendship, beauty, truth, faith, diligence, and laughter.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A white sand beach, a pina colada, good company, and nowhere else to be.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Home invasion.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Toronto. Always Toronto. Having dim sum with my family, and then drinks with my friends.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Stephen King. He's so prolific. Most of my favorite stories (whether they're books or movies) were created by him.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Seriously?", "Interesting!", and "Oh HELL no."
Q. What do you regret most?
A. No regrets. Everything in my past brought me to where I am today, and this is a really good place.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to read my cat's mind. What? Is that weird?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Starting my life over again. I think it's empowering to do that at least once.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I overanalyze everything.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Loyalty. And I'm a good listener.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Why, a superhero, of course!
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I have an easy laugh.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme.That dude seriously kicks butt.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Hannibal Lecter. Gretchen Lowell is a close second. Dexter Morgan comes in third.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Cigarette smoke and wimpy handshakes.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Traveling. Shopping with my girlfriends. Watching MAD MEN. Cuddling with Kobe (my cat).
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Opera singer.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Open-mindedness, honesty, and a sense of humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Poutine. Thick cut fries, real cheese curds, brown gravy. No substitutes will do.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Creep" by Radiohead (of course), "Everlong" by Foo Fighters, "All of Me" by John Legend, "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, "Demons" by Imagine Dragons.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver, Greg Iles, Chelsea Cain, Jeff Lindsay, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham, Suzanne Collins, Joe Hill, Joseph Finder, Chuck Palahniuk
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. It by Stephen King The Fault in our Stars by John Green Full Dark, No stars by Stephen King The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. IT by Stephen King. I've probably read it a dozen times.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Get off the internet and write your book.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "But what happens next?"