Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find your book(s)? 
My debut is available here and here and possibly at your local bookstore. 

I want to be a writer, too. Any advice?  
Read. Read some more. Books you like, books you don't. Books like the ones you want to write. Books you would never dream of writing. Fiction. Nonfiction. Essays. Short stories. Anything you can get your hands on.

Now scour the internet-- there is a WEALTH of information available for aspiring writers on everything from craft to the road to publication. Read as much of it as you can stand. 

But the truth is the best way to learn how to write is to do it. Jump in with both feet and don’t look back; I haven’t!  

Some books I recommend on craft:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
On Writing by Stephen King
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley (specifically about the long form)
Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose
Portable MFA by New York Writers Workshop

Where do you your find inspiration? 
Everywhere! No, seriously. I listen to NPR a lot and get loads of ideas or snippets of ideas from there. Also, I'm a pretty observant person (it's the journalist in me) so I draw upon lots of small things I notice in people and life around me. I am continually inspired by the work of other artists, other writers, and other books. There's nothing quite like seeing the world in a new way because someone else has invited you to open up your perspective. 


Infrequently Asked Questions 

What do you appreciate most about your friends? 
Their ability to keep things real. And make me laugh.

Your main fault? 
Impatience. (Which is the absolute pits in publishing)

Your favorite poet(s)? 
Billy Collins and Elizabeth Bishop

Your favorite color and flower? 
Color: Crayola Cerulean Crayon
Flower: Peonies

Where would you like to live?

On what occasion do you lie? 
Well, I'm a writer so....

Your idea of misery?
Hey wait... this is the Proust Questionnaire... 

Okay, fine. Favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Specifically: Taharka Brothers Honey Graham & Key Lime Pie (in combo, on a waffle cone). Generally, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Political Views?

Religious Views? 

How do you take your coffee? 
Black. When I was 15 I thought it would make me seem edgy and cool (which reveals how big of a dork I actually was). Now, I can't take it any other way.

What is your favorite word? 
Synchronicity. Come on! It's a great word.

Bonjour & Welcome