When I was having my website done, I didn't do a FAQ section since it would only have included stuff like can I have some chocolate milk? and will you draw cars with me? But now that The Mark's been out for a few months, there actually are book-related questions that come up pretty regularly so, if you've been wondering... Are your characters based on real people? No, they're really totally fictional. I wouldn't even say they're composites of people I've known. They usually develop as I'm writing the story, based mostly on who I need them to be for the plot to go where I want it to go.
How did you get the idea for the story? I don't really have a great story-behind-the-story like I had a dream about it or it's based on so-and-so's true life experiences. The idea - what if you knew it was someone's day to die - just came to me when I was trying to find something interesting to build a novel around.
How are sales? I have no idea. Once you've sold a book, the publisher owns all that sort of information. I'll probably see my first sales numbers when I get my first bi-annual royalty statment in late summer.
How do you find time to write with three kids? I have a great babysitter who comes fifteen hours a week. I write when she's here and sometimes at night, too.
Are you touring or doing book signings? Not yet. It's pretty unusual for a publisher to set up events like these for new authors. Often authors will arrange their own signings, but I haven't quite found the time for that yet.
Will there be a sequel? Yes. It's called VISION and will be published by Bloomsbury next year.
Can I have some chocolate milk? Not until you finish your dinner.