Tell us a bit about your family. I’m originally from Lake Tahoe but went to grad school in Australia, where I met my husband (a musician). We’ve been married for eight years now and have a four-year old son.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? It’s a proverb: “This too shall pass.” My grandmother used to say it all the time and I like that it applies to every situation, good or bad. It’s a great reminder that nothing bad lasts forever and that everything good deserves to be appreciated in the moment.
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? My husband’s coconut curry. It’s amazing.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Ooh, that’s a tough one. My favorite writing place is the Encinitas public library. It has a view of the ocean, a coffee cart outside, and the perfect cozy chairs for writing. My favorite city is definitely New York, though.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I grew up in the mountains and spent a great deal of time outside, playing sports. I learned a lot about pushing through the difficult times in order to achieve something I was working for and I think that mentality is what got me through my first draft.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve loved stories and reading since I was two years old. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t interested in writing, but for a long time I was intimidated by all the wonderful writers I admired, worried I could never be good enough to compare.
When and why did you begin writing? I really started writing in college, particularly grad school. I’d just been through a really traumatic experience—my boyfriend at the time committed suicide—and I needed a way to work through my grief and find a way to come to terms with it. Writing saved me.
How long have you been writing? In some form or other, since elementary school. Writing novels? About two years.
When did you first know you could be a writer? I don’t think there was a deciding moment. It’s been something niggling me for many years, but I only started seriously writing when I stopped thinking about myself and started thinking about my story as its own entity.