What inspired you to write Love in a Time of Monsters?

How’s this for specific? Jaws, Downton Abbey, and Moulin Rouge, a monster of a cold, and a lot of NyQuil.

What inspired you to write Black Heart, Red Ruby?

Gone with the Wind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aguirre, Wrath of God, and Alfred Hitchcock’s “MacGuffin” concept. A quarter-life crisis is also very inspirational, though I wouldn’t recommend getting one.

What are your favorite books?

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Stand by Stephen King

What are you working on next?

The next book out will be Love in a Time of Monsters: An Origin Story. Liam. Cat. Cairo. Assassins. Sex. Drugs. And another deadly monster. After the prequel to Love in a Time of Monsters, I’ll be turning back to Black Heart, Red Ruby with a sequel. More sex. More lies. More blood.

What’s your writing process like?

Outline. Jog through the first quarter of the draft, freak out, have an existential crisis, re-plot, calm down, and sprint toward the finish line. Revise and revise again. My husband says there’s more freaking out than I’m letting on. If you want to know more, check out my blog or subscribe to my newsletter.

How do you get over writer’s block?

Treat writing like a business and think about the bills.