Q: What do you write?
A: YA novels and poems – or poems that turn into novels – or novels full of poems. Also, picture books!
Q: Where are you from?
A: I grew up in suburban Maryland, then moved to Baltimore, rural Pennsylvania, Washington DC, back to rural Pennsylvania, and finally ended up in Boston.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: That’s like asking someone to pick their favorite kid! But since I don’t have any kids and I do have a zillion books…A Wrinkle in Time. And Harriet the Spy. And Fangirl. And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. And…oops.
Q: What is your favorite font?
Q: What is your favorite punctuation mark?
A: The ampersand. I once told that to an auditorium of 400 students. I left that school with a shiny silver ampersand. So now I officially have an Ampersand Collection (which will also be the name of my indie folk band).
Q: What’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened to you as an author?
A: On a different school visit, I was supposed to meet with students in small groups in the school library. As I waited, someone came onto the PA system and made a very loud announcement: “All students: there is now AN AUTHOR in the library. If you would like to meet THE AUTHOR, come to the library. REPEAT: THE AUTHOR. IS IN. THE LIBRARY.” I could not have written that scene better myself.
Q: It sounds like you enjoy school visits! Will you come visit my school/bookstore/book club?
A: I’d love to! Reach out via my contact page with details.
If you want to read all about my pet plants + my favorite junk food, check out this interview on the blog That Artsy Reader Girl.
To find out about lies I told in middle school + writing a novel in 30 days, read this interview with my publisher, Boyds Mills Press.