A: I wanted to tell a story about a girl who loses everything that matters to her and the only person who can connect with her is a boy who has lost everything, too. My idea was that this love would be stronger and deeper because they find each other when they are broken.
A: No, because SILENCE tells the story of Stella and Hayden’s journey to finding each other. I didn’t hold anything back, instead, I put it all in this book. I leave the rest to my readers to imagine.
A: I spend a lot of time thinking and dreaming about my stories before I actually begin writing. So I can spend years on a book. Once I begin writing, it can take me anywhere from six months to a year to complete it.
A: Yes, all the time! If I start a manuscript and feel like I am forcing myself to write every day, then I know something is wrong with the story. Maybe I need to make some changes, or maybe the story is just a good idea, but not a book. I think it is important to be honest with myself and to be brave enough to let a story go.
A: Write all the time. I keep a pen and paper next to my bed because some of my best ideas come to me in dreams. Read as much as you can and notice what you love about your favorite books. Then try to create those elements in your own work. If something isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to try something new, like poetry or short stories or songwriting. Every word you write makes you a better writer. Always stay true to yourself and follow your dreams.
A: You can email me here or, if you want to send me a letter, you can mail it care of my publisher, Shadow Mountain P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178.
A: Right now, I’m writing a novel about two teenagers who help each other through a really difficult time and find love.