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Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "When you give up your dreams, you die." I learned that when I saw the movie Flashdance at age 12 and took it to heart.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The feeling that I'm accomplishing something.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. failure

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At my desk, happy with what I'm writing

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "that's genius" "I'm so stressed"

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To be a better writer

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I haven't achieved it yet

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. pessimism

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. passion

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Maggie Lunel of Mistral's Daughter

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. yoga

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I've had many occupations, and if I liked any one aside from writing, I'd be doing that instead. Because writing is hard!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. intelligence, sense of humor, directness

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. chocolate chip cookies

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Right now I'm obsessing over "Too Close" by Alex Clare. All-time favorites include "Violet" by Hole, Lithium by Nirvana, Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Troy by Sinead O'Connor

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Anne Rice, and Susan Howatch

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Mistral's Daughter by Judith KrantzThe Witching Hour by Anne RiceThe Wheel of Fortune by Susan HowatchChances by Jackie CollinsScruples by Judith Krantz

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch. It's a perfect novel. I named my daughter after one of the characters.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Be aware of the marketplace, but don't let it overwhelm your artistic choices

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Your male characters are a**holes

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