FAQ and IAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I find your book(s)? 
My debut is dropping at the end of August, 2016! It will be available at bookstores and online. Woo hoo! 

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

Who is your agent? 
The fabulous Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency.

How did you find your agent? 
She pulled me from the slushpile! 
If you're in the throes of looking for your perfect agent match, I suggest you research as extensively as you can. Querytracker is a great resource. So is AgentQuery. Also, there are endless threads about agents on the forums at Absolute Write. Sign up for a free account-- you'll be so, so glad you did!
Be sure to check out the agency's website to make sure the submission information you find is correct and up to date. Also, check to see if there are any recent interviews with the agent to see if you can get a feel for his/her personality and a better idea of what s/he is looking for in a manuscript and a client!  

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 allowed you to borrow his or her perspective. 


So, if you're ever published, you'll have to thank Ira Glass in the acknowledgements? 
Yes. I suppose I will. And Diane Rehm for sure.
 


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 sucks in publishing)

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

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

Where would you like to live?
Hogwarts.

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

What is your most treasured possession? 
My family (schmoopy, I know!)

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

Okay, fine. Favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Specifically: Pitango Gelato Raspberry Sorbet or Chocolate Noir Sorbet. Generally, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Political Views?
Hazy.

Religious Views? 
Clear.

How do you take your coffee? 
Black. When I was 15 I thought it would make me seem edgy and cool (ha!). Now, I can't take it any other way.

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

Bonjour & Welcome