What inspired you to write Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime?
When I started brainstorming, I thought about what kind of book I would’ve loved at around age nine or ten. And, though I wanted to write a mystery, I didn’t want the plot to be a simple “who stole the [insert item here].” I wanted something more complex, yet still age appropriate. So that took a bit of thinking and daydreaming.
How long did it take you to write Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime?
It took about 8-12 weeks to write each one. That’s very fast for me, but I had tight deadlines so I pushed myself hard.
What are some of your favorite books from childhood? Were there any specific authors who inspired you?
It’s funny, but my favorite series as a child was Choose Your Own Adventure. I adored those books. Even then, I wanted to be in charge of the character’s choices!
Where did you come up with the characters Darcy and Norah?
Darcy and Norah are very close to my heart. I really wanted to write about two strong, smart girls who were nerds and PROUD of it. I wrote a (probably overlong) blog post about why that was so important to me here. I love those girls!
If you could befriend a character from any of your books, who would you befriend? Why?
Probably Clare from Clarity. Though it would be a bit scary to be friends with someone who could have access to your secrets. (I think that’s one of the reasons Clare has trouble making friends. People want to keep their secrets to themselves.) But Clare is very loyal and I think once she’s your friend she’d back you up for life.
Where do you like to write? Do you listen to music while you are writing?
For the most part I write in my living room in complete silence. Sometimes I can listen to instrumental music (movie soundtracks, Explosions in the Sky, etc.). I’m not one of those writers who can bang out a chapter in Panera. I’m too easily distracted.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
Right here. While I’ve done a lot of traveling, I’ve always lived in Massachusetts. And despite the snow and the long winters and the crazy drivers, I would never want to live anywhere else. I love this state. I love it like you love a person. It’s just a part of me.
Do you have a favorite part of the universe that you would like to see up close or visit (if it was safe)?
Wow! What a cool question! I’ve always been fascinated with Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. If you look at photos, it seems like it might be Earth-like. It has mountains and lakes and an atmosphere. But it is beyond cold. The temperature is –180 degrees. The lakes are liquid methane, not water. It’s a perfect example of looks being deceiving. ;)