A. Waiter, Barista, office manager, retail clerk, computer wonk.
A. I actually really enjoyed being a barista. Especially the part where I got all the free coffee.
A. I went to Jupiter High School in south Florida, and I went to college at Florida Atlantic University.
A. Natalie Merchant
A. Donnie Darko
A. Of all time? Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Currently? Skins.
A. Is the coffee ready yet?
A. Carpe Mortediem! (Seize the Deathday!)
A. A fresh cup of coffee, an awesome book, my friends and family, and new episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
A. That I've used up all my best jokes and haven't got any left for my next book.
A. Boulder, Colorado.
A. Sylvia Plath without the suicidal tendencies.
A. Joss Whedon
A. I begin too many sentences with SO.
A. That I didn't say yes more often.
A. I'd love to be able to play guitar.
A. So far it's writing The Deathday Letter.
A. My belief that I can do anything.
A. I really like being me.
A. My nose.
A. Ron Weasley.
A. If I could meet any historical character it would be Jack Kerouac so that I could tell him to put down the bottle.
A. People who can only see one side of an argument.
A. I like fixing computers, but don't tell anyone or everyone will want me to fix theirs.
A. I'm doing it right now. Other than this, I'd also like to write for television.
A. Honesty, loyalty, ability to brew a good cup of coffee.
A. Cheese. Yummy, delicious cheese.
A. Hometown Glory by Adele, So Right by Dave Matthews, Oh! Sweet Nuthin' by The Velvet Underground, Malibu by Courtney Love, Breathe Me by Sia.
A. J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Jake Wizner, Ned Vizzini, JRR Tolkien, Terry Brooks, The dude who wrote Beowulf.
A. The Knife of Never Letting Go, LIAR, All the Harry Potter books, Beowulf, The Hobbit,
A. I love rereading the first Harry Potter book, especially when I'm sick. It's like chicken soup.
A. If you're stuck, try writing longhand.
A. That I made them laugh. Which is the highest compliment I could receive.
A. I'd recently found out that my mother wasn't doing well health-wise. It was pretty serious and it scared me. I started thinking about how terrible it would be if anything happened to her. That night I was trying to sleep and couldn't stop thinking about my mom. I was thinking that people should have more time before they die. Time to be with their friends and family. That's when the idea of the letter came to me. The Deathday Letters. They give people one precious day to prepare. I sat there in the dark thinking for a while about what I'd do with the concept. Then from the dark, the voice of Oliver Travers began speaking to me. He was pretty insistent and cussed a lot. I got up--it was about one in the morning--and let him tell me about his family and friends. When I finally got to bed it was clear that he had gotten a Deathday Letter, and that the story was his. Six weeks later I finished that first draft and my brother and I went with my mom on her first trip to Europe. We've got another trip planned for next year.