1. What drew you to writing fantasy?
I grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, vampires, shapeshifters . . . and despite my career (teaching lit), that was what appeared on the page when I started trying to write. I started & rejected a few books, but they were all the result of that lifelong love of the “what if.” In 2005 when I started writing WL as a novel (it was a short story first in 2004), it wasn’t something I could set aside. The short story-that was rejected as “great but too adult” by children’s publishers and “great but too juvenile” by adult pubs-stuck with me, so in 2005, it became a novel.
2. Are any of the worlds you created places you’d actually like to live?
No. I’m perfectly happy in the real world, in my real life, with my loved ones.
3. We heard a rumor that your latest in the Wicked Lovely series is your last. Is that true? If not, how many books do you see in the series?
That’s true: the 5 th book, Darkest Mercy (Feb 22, 2011), is the final book in this series.
4. Do you have a favorite character that you enjoy bringing to life?
It all depends on which one I am writing that day. I am a little in love with all of them. My regular favourite from book one through the whole series has been Donia. Ani (in RADIANT SHADOWS) was great fun to write, and of course, Irial is fun to write too . . . and Niall . . . and . . . *grins* actually, I think I love them all.
5. If you could co-write a book with any author (living or not) who would it be and what would the book be about?
Oh, there are a few people with whom I think I’d enjoy co-writing a project. The topic would determine the writer. One of my personal goals is to try a two-person alternating pov (as David Levithan has done so beautifully in his co-authored books with Rachel Cohn & with John Green). Unfortunately, I’m not yet at a place where I’ve found the right topic and co-author to do a novel with someone else. I am currently working on a comic with someone, but I’m not ready to say anything else about it until we’re ready to decide if we want to shop it. For now, it’s a purely self-indulgent project-no deadline, no editor, just me & my partner writing.
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