Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
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 might take me anywhere from six months to a year to complete it.
Q: I start stories and then can’t finish them. Does this ever happen to you?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
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. Don’t be afraid to try something new, like poetry or short stories or songwriting. Every word you write makes you a better writer. Most importantly, always stay true to yourself and follow your dreams..
Q: Where can I write to you?
A: You can email me here or, if you want to send me a letter, you can mail it care of my publisher, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois, 60567-4410.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Right now, I’m working on Ruby’s next adventure. She might be getting into trouble with a lowercase t again!