I’m reading one of your books in my book club. Do you have any resources?
Why yes, I most certainly do. You can find discussion questions on my Book Club page. These discussion questions are for my contemporary titles. I don’t currently have them for my young adult. Thank you for choosing one of my books!
I’m a blogger/reviewer looking for promotional materials. Where can I find them?
Promotional Material, such as my bio and headshot, can be found here. Books covers and descriptions can be found on my Books page in the navigation bar above.
Why do you write under two names?
Because I write two different genres of fiction–young adult of the fantastical variety for the general market and contemporary fiction for the Christian market. While I hope that readers of my contemporary fiction will also enjoy my young adult, and vice versa, I want to be clear that readers should expect different things from both.
What can I expect when I read one of your contemporary fiction?
When you pick up one of my contemporary titles, you can expect stories about flawed characters wrestling with matters of life, love, and faith. RT magazine calls my contemporary work exquisite and emotionally charged. So if that’s your flavor of fiction, I hope you give it a try!
What can I expect when I read one of your YA novels?
When you pick up one of my YA titles, expect fun! They might slot themselves in different YA genres, but each novel is filled with twists, turns, mystery, adventure, romance, and at least one element that lends itself to the fantastical. These are general market books, so you won’t find a faith journey. But I do aim to keep them free of big swears and explicit sex.
You haven’t written contemporary fiction in awhile. Will you be writing more?
At the moment and for the foreseeable future, I am focusing on young adult fiction. If this changes, I will certainly notify fans via email. Make sure to subscribe to my email list if you haven’t already! The sign-up is on my home page.
What was your favorite book growing up?
Hands down, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It was the first book that swept me up and transported me into a different world. I absolutely could not put it down. I have so much nostalgia for this book that when I taught 5th grade, I read it to my students each year. The story has so much word play and symbolism that went over my head as a kid, but I can appreciate now as an adult. Plus, the message is beautiful. Don’t let the old-fashioned cover scare you off. It’s such a fun book.
When did you start writing?
In third grade I wrote this epic, life-changing story about Mr. and Mrs. Leaf. It was so epic and life-changing, my 3rd grade teacher read it out loud to the class. (It wasn’t actually epic or life-changing but it was good enough to read out loud.) A love-affair was born. I found something I could do well. From there on out, I wrote all kinds of stories and bless my dear parent, they listened as I read every single one of them out loud (sometimes with an accent).