1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I'm left handed. I hear apparently it's an indicator of creativity, but growing up for me it just meant I would get pencil lead smudged all over my hand as I write. I also once tried to teach myself how to juggle and didn't get very far, and because I used oranges instead of actual balls whenever I smell oranges I am reminded of my clumsiness.
I once was chased by a cow across a field in Scotland. I was backpacking and hiking the length of Hadrian's wall and the trail would cut across fields; you simply had to go over the fence where indicated, hike across the field, go over the next fence and so on. There was this massive cow that made this fearsome noise and I ran, much to the amusement of my friends, who were not afraid of cows.
My bio says I love hiking, and that's descriptive but I also include climbing in that which most people might not think of. It's strenuous but I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when finishing either a trail or getting to a certain elevation. And the sense of teamwork when you summit with who you're with is incomparable, you just feel incredible and love everyone so much. The highest I've climbed is a peak in the Andes that came to 18,000 feet. That particular summit was hard won; there was a storm on the way and we had to rush, my friends and I miscalculated how much food we'd eat and on the last day of the journey had one potato and a bar of chocolate to split between four. The view at the top was incredible, though, and we were so high up I swear I could see the curve of the earth on the horizon.
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Alaska. I've made plans to go before but I've never gotten around to it; I'd love to take the time and do it over the course of six months or so, spend a good summer and the fall to see the vastness of their state parks, to climb Denali, to lick few glaciers, kayak, hike, swim, so much more. I'd love to stay and see the Northern Lights as well.
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Water. I drink so much of it. I'll probably finish at least three glasses while eating an entire meal in a restaurant. I have a ton of favorite foods and many favorite restaurants, but if I had to pick one restaurant, it would be this amazing place in my parent's hometown. I'd order: marinated beef in an onion pancake roll, juicy pork and shrimp dumplings, the kind made with soup inside so when you bite it the broth will ooze right into your mouth, savory fried turnip cake, fried leek and mushroom dumplings, and some wide egg noodles tossed in a light hoisin sauce topped with crispy duck.
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
I hope to finish my next novel!
6. What do you like to read?
Almost everything; if I find a summary that's intriguing I'll take a chance on it. I'm rather partial to fantasy and science fiction within the young adult genre as well as the adult genre but I'm open to reading anything that piques my interest.
7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Fun, engaging summary, diverse characters and diverse authors.
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Food printers for the masses. NASA already has one that will print pizza for astronauts; now I'd love to see that available for us common folk. How many times have you seen a photo on some food blog and just wished you could eat it?
9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
Romance is definitely taking the time to learn what your partner loves and is passionate about, the kinds of things they would appreciate, and incorporate those into the time you spend together. Also creating time out of a busy schedule to spend together is quite romantic, too. It's not just flowers and candlelit dinners to me, I think that generic stuff only goes so far, because it applies to almost everyone! Flowers are generally appreciated, but if you take the time to find out a person's favorite flower or something that has significance to them, that's special.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
Absolutely! My next novel is about a girl who comes from a superhero family yet hasn't displayed any powers yet, and she's striving to prove herself. She takes a mysterious job alongside her high school crush and the two of them uncover a plot that may reveal some startling truths about the world's system of heroes and villains.