I enjoyed the YA panel discussion at the Catfish Literary Festival today. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the moderator brought some questions that I hadn’t answered before.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I was one of those kids who loved horses. I’d have to say The Black Stallion. I had a whole series of black stallion books in paperback.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block? (What do you not like to read?)
I’m not a big fan of mystery or fantasy books.
Since we’re in a library, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a new book?
I research all the time using Google. People would find my search engine queries peculiar, like “what sound does a shotgun make?” I don’t do a lot of up-front research before beginning a new book but instead research all along the way.
How many hours a day do you write?
An hour and a half a day during weekdays. On weekends, it depends—sometimes more, sometimes less.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Writing conflict is challenging for me. I’m an introvert by nature, and that means that conflict is hard, even on the page. Sometimes I have to go multiple times before I can get it right.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Amber D. Tran is another writer that I’m friends with. We have lunch together every month or so and share about our writing. She’s taught me about social media and things to do with Twitter. She’s so much more extroverted than me, and she’s helped me with self-promotion in my writing.