Where cooking is my portraits, baking is my African Masks, the art in which I both excel and create, an activity that, like writing, drives something strong and creative from deep inside.
The truth is, my imagination is often bigger than my gut. I’d like to think that if I ever got dropped into a situation, I’d take a deep breath and agree to some really cool things, but there’s a lot I know I’ll never get the opportunity to do.
And a lot I plan to do anyway.
It’s not every day you get to interview one of your favorite authors!
I met Laura over the summer at this year’s RWA conference in Orlando, and she was supremely kind, supportive and open.
I’ve learned so much from reading her books and from getting the chance to speak with her, and it’s my pleasure to share this interview, so you can get to know Laura too, as she celebrates her latest release, Theirs to Take.
I won’t get into the myriad reasons why this is the greatest job in the world, but every once in awhile, it’s necessary to take a step back and get away from the lonely office and misbehaving imaginary friends to regroup and recharge.
I think that the ongoing debate of pitting e-books and print books and audiobooks against each other in some fight to the death misses the point of reading entirely.
Which is why I’m not going to pick a favorite, but tell you a little about why I love each one.
The themes and lessons so to speak, that show up in my books are more a reflection of my own deep and fundamental values, things that I feel are important, beliefs that I have that I need my characters to share.
For overwriters, word count goals can be very good and they can be very bad.
Diversity in race, sexuality, socioeconomic background and more in YA books plays a fundamental role in providing young people with a sense of identity, belonging and validity.
Most of the time.
I do not have a half-naked Greek Goddess of muse and inspiration lying across my bed. Inspiration doesn’t work like that.
Because I am a mad scientist writer with my hand in several pots all at the same time, I need to be organized. Really freaking organized.