- My Family: Some
of the most diverse and amazing people I've ever met.
- My Friends: Quality
over quantity; see: above.
- Creativity: I'm
a creativity junkie. Enjoyment, for me, is doing something
artistic or inventive; writing tops the list.
- Beliefs: God and
my belief in Him have always been a huge influence in
- Home: My husband
and I live on a third of an acre in Boise, Idaho and we
have four grown children. Lucky for us, they all live
- Writing: There are hoards
of people who "want to be a writer". I'm not one of them.
Instead, I just want to write. To me, there is a difference
between craving the attention and kudos of "being a writer"
as opposed to the rush of climbing inside a character's skin,
living their experiences, and watching their story-world build
itself. Seeing words come together on a page in a hundred
fascinating ways is immensely rewarding.
I am fortunate to be represented by Jessica
Regel of JVNLA, and my first YA novel, The
Vanishing Game, is a 2012 debut with BloomsburyUSA.
- Sign Language: I work
for a local school district as a sign language interpreter,
and I've been in every grade from first to senior. (I suspect
this is God's way of making me learn all the stuff I didn't
pay attention to when I was going through school the first
time.) I get along great with kids of all ages, but I especially
enjoy teenagers and constantly interact with both the deaf
and hearing kids at school.
- Photography: I enjoy
taking pictures and using photo-editing
software. My camera is a Canon EOS 40D, and portraits are
my favorite to shoot. I'll do anything for that great photo,
including riding a mule to the bottom of Bryce Canyon, boogie
boarding on the Oregon Coast, making naked babies cry while
I try to get that perfect picture, climbing a mile-high sand
dune, trespassing, going camping (which I dislike) or even
shooting unsuspecting Amish girls out of my car window. (I
still feel bad about that one, even if I got a great photo.)
- Journaling and Scrapbooking:
It's important to me to document life events, and I only enjoy
doing this if I can be creative. I have a lot of tools and
papers, but I also like using Photoshop for digital scrapbooking.
So far I've made more than 25 albums focusing on my family
and the stuff we do.
- Reading and Movies:
I read novels of all sorts, though my favorite
is YA, of course. The one thing that keeps me from reading
more than I do is my writing. While I'm writing I don't read
other authors' work because I don't want to pick up their
style or voice. I learned this the hard way when I was nineteen
and wrote my first book. The dialogue in my sci-fi novel started
turning gothic because I was reading Jane Eyre. I don't run
into that problem with movies, though, unless the endings
are bad. Then I rewrite them in my head the next morning.
- Childhood: grueling
- Teenage Years: worse
- Adult Life: great
means that even if you're living in a rotten situation right
now, eventually you'll have a chance to make your life become
what you want it to be. Although I'd never choose to relive
the first two decades of my life, I wouldn't change them either,
because they shaped who I became. It was those hours spent in
daydreaming escape that later created the storyteller in me.