A. Grocery store bag boy; Dollar store cashier; Student newspaper copy editor; Editorial assistant at a publishing house
Q. High school and/or college
A. Undergraduate: University of Georgia; Graduate: The New School
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Ben Folds
Q. Favorite movie
A. Kill Bill (To cheat and count both volumes as one movie)
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Office (UK)
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Work hard and be kind.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In a karaoke room singing "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Beatrix Kiddo
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Worrying that I'm not writing enough.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being Bill Murray's professional best friend.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. It already is hummus.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Philosophy" Ben Folds Five, "Surf Wax America" Weezer, "Fantasy" Mariah Carey, "Just LIke Heaven" The Cure, "Creeping Death" Metallica
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Included among them are David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon, M. T. Anderson, Sarah Dessen, David Mitchell, Flannery O'Connor, Orson Scott Card, Vladimir Nabokov, Margo Lanagan, Kate DiCamillo, Ian McEwan, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, George R. R. Martin, J. D. Salinger, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Guy Gavriel Kay
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don't write what you think you should write; write what excites you.