When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
My entire high school career I thought I was going to major in social work or journalism and save the world but midway through my senior year I had a mild crisis of spirit and realized that I really wanted to be an artist. I'd always loved to read and spent more time with books than people and even though I'd always glamorized the idea of being a writer I'd never actually attempted it. I'd written short stories and really terrible poetry but making the decision to major in Creative Writing was the real turning point for me.
What made you create (your book)? How did it come to you?
I started working on this novel in April of last year and, to be honest, I can't really remember where the original idea came from. Probably because I can't really remember what the original idea even was. I know that it started out as a contemporary standalone and I'd been really interested in exploring dual narrative again but I suppose the story started out the way all of my stories have--with the central relationship. It isn't always a love story that's central to my novels but I do like to focus on human relationships, whether that's familial or within the context of first love. The characters always come to me first and the various means of torturing them always come later.
Who is your literary hero?
My favorite author is Melina Marchetta. Every single one of her books is so poignant and breathtakingly real and every time I finish reading one I learn so much, not only about the human spirit but about myself. She is the pinnacle for me of everything I want to be and do and say as a writer and I think if every person on the planet read her books the world would be a more beautiful place.
Describe your main character in six words.
Thoughtful, resilient, creative, headstrong and kind.
What scene was the hardest for you to write?
The final scene was the hardest for me to write. I usually take my time with endings and sometimes don’t perfect them until the very last minute before publication. But this ending was a particularly emotional experience because I’ve lived every move Bryn makes and experienced every thought she has in that moment. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but the roller coaster of emotions Bryn goes through is taken straight from my own experience and it was definitely difficult to relive it.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the middle of finishing the third book in The Girl In Between Series and plan to get back to revising the fourth and final book in the series in December!