1) What do you wish people would ask you about your writing?
What's the first thing you ever wrote?
The first thing I wrote was Star Wars fan fiction. I was in fifth grade and Star Wars had made a huge impression on me. I wanted more stories set in that world. Specifically, I wanted more of the robots! To my ten year old self, they were the real stars of the show and didn't get nearly enough screen time. So I wrote my own stories of the adventures of C3P0 and R2D2. Of course, back then, I had no idea what fan fiction was, or that years later there would be a whole community of people writing this stuff. Now, I kind of wish I'd saved those early efforts.
2) Which of your characters would you most like to meet and why?
My co-author and I have written lots of fun characters, from a charming cop in TAKING THE HIGHWAY to a master hacker in FATE'S MIRROR. But my favorite has to be Aidra Scott, a single mom and PI who stars in THE CALINE CONSPIRACY and LIVING ALL DAY. I love Aidra's common sense and awesome parenting skills and funny one-liners. More importantly, I feel like I know her. It's never hard to think up what Aidra would say or do. I just know.
3) How did you come up with the "pie slices" explanation for your blog, Writing Slices?
My blog, Writing Slices, reviews how-to books for writers. I give each book a traditional 1-5 star rating, but I also give it pie slices. The rating is a straightforward measure of quality, but the pie slices tells you what kind of book it is. Is it a book to help you with craft, business, or inspiration? The reason I use pie slices is because I'm crazy about key lime pie. I was going to say that if you don't like key lime pie, you can't be my friend, but that's not true. Because if my friends don't like key lime pie, then that's all the more for me!
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