Have you ever cut a scene out of one of your novels that you wanted to keep? Why did you do it? Can you tell us about it?
Yes, a few times. In my last book, The Black Shard, I started to write a scene about Raymond—Kristina's former pet rat—stowing away in the hold of the ship. It involved a sentimental conversation between him and Kristina. As I was writing it, it just didn't sit right with me, and so I cut it.
What was the trigger for your first novel? Your aha moment that sprouted its idea?
I was watching a Harry Potter movie in the theater when I got a vision of my main character walking down a street. The snow was falling as she was heading to her school bus. That was my inspiration and I went home and started writing.
Is there one novel in your life you love to re-read? Do you continue to learn from it every time you re-read it?
I'd have to say 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.' I've read it probably 4 times and it's always an exciting adventure to me.
How do you know that your plot will hold the weight of your novel? Do you write more plots that novels then pick and choose?
I just write and the story comes to me.
Is the way you structure your novels a choice or does it come to you organically?
Have you ever used or gotten ideas for dialog from conversations you have overheard or had with others?
Yes. A lot of what I write comes from past situations, whether it be conversations, or observations.
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