Iâm a writer of young adult novels who loves to write books with a twist of strangeness, magic, or unique plot. I began writing in high school, dabbled with it some more in college, and finally got around to writing seriously years later when my daughters went off to kindergarten. I love dragons and collect them. I adore music of many different kinds, from rock to classical to Celtic to folk. Even opera (donât gag, now).
2. What are some of the early books you wrote?
I wrote 13 novels before my debut, involving magical mazesâ¦a strike of lightning zapping a teen girl into the 1960âsâinto the body of someone she didnât like. Teen twins separated at birth but accidentally dating the same guy one summer. A girl, kidnapped as a child and forced to be a palace slave for a Rajah with 13 daughters. A teen journeying with a Ferm, a rare creature whose eye color changes with its mood. Five classmates transported on New Yearâs Eve 2020 into alternate dimensions created by each characterâs dreamsâand nightmares. I had a ton of fun, even though none of these books got published.
3. What made you decide to write BOTTLED?
From watching "I Dream of Jeannie" as a young girl (yes, I am that old), along with "Bewitched." I loved the magic of those shows, except sometimes Jeannie drove me nuts with all the scrapes and tangles she got her master into. BOTTLED is a more serious tribute to the enchantment of the show. Unlike Jeannie, however, my genie has limited powers; she isnât able to reach her goals by using her abilities. She has to find ways to work around those limitations.
4. Do you enjoy writing to music? If so, do you have a go-to playlist?
I actually do not/cannot write to music; hence, no playlist. I find that my words and sentences have rhythms of their own, so music (especially if it has words) messes me up. Itâs too distracting for my one-track brain. I can use music beforehand to set a mood, but the only sound I really like to hear is the sound of pouring rain outside my windowâ¦itâs very soothingâa white noise that drowns out the real world and gets me into the writing zone.