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I'm in between books at the moment. I just finished Beautiful Creatures and I'm about to pick up the latest novels from Marian Keyes and Darynda Jones, two authors I love and look up to.
2. Book that made you want to be a writer (and why)?
I actually can't remember one specific book. I think it was the combination of devouring a lot books, movies, and TV shows as a child. I was obsessed with storytelling no matter what form it came in. I wish I could say that I had the wonderful moment that led me to say, "this is what I want to do", but I think I was trying to write before I even fully understood what an author was.
3. What time of the day is best for writing (and why)?
I try to keep my writing schedule to regular office hours, usually from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. This is because of one simple reason: Unlike a lot of other authors, writing after dark mysteriously turns me into a mean, obsessive creature. It's much like the rule, "don't feed the Mogwai after midnight or it'll turn into a Gremlin."
4. Advice for an unpublished author?
I know saying, don't give up, is cliché, but seriously...don't give up. Keep going, growing, honing your skill, and sending out your material. It doesn't matter if you get one hundred NOs, it only takes one YES. Also, a my-way-or-the-highway attitude won't fly unless your name is Stephen King. Take constructive criticism to heart, no matter how much it hurts; it will make you a better writer and a person people want to work with. If everybody keeps telling you to take out a beloved piece because it doesn't work, you have two options. Take it out, or (if you desperately want it in there) rewrite until it does work.
5. What's next for you?
Right now, I'm finishing up the Stalking Sapphire sequel, titled Silencing Sapphire, which will be published by Diversion Books and released on October 1, 2013. Once the sequel is done and in the hands of my wonderful editor, I'll be anxious to start the third book in the Sapphire series as soon as possible.