Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
I’m asked that question a lot, so here is my stock answer:
The main inspiration behind ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL is how teens in romantic relationships face a very unromantic dilemma:
On the one hand, they may think, “I’m in a great relationship now, so I want to stay in the relationship and see where it goes.”
But on the other, they may worry, “I’m in a great relationship now, but I’m still really young and bound to grow and change in ways I can’t anticipate, so I should end this great relationship now so I’m free to grow and change and possibly meet a better match, but in doing so, I risk never finding anyone I love more and regretting losing this great relationship for the rest of my life.”
Both ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND and ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL show how young love may be at odds with your best interests, which is extremely painful since we all want to believe that “love conquers all.”
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
It was a tremendous learning experience. Whereas ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND was largely based on the experiences of my friends and me, ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL was a total figment of my imagination and demanded far more creativity. By the time I completed SINGLE GIRL, I’d become very comfortable with taking risks.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Making time to write since I also work full-time.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
So far I've written only in the present tense. A lot of writers avoid it like the plague, but I think it makes storytelling more immediate and exciting because it keeps the narrator in suspense of what’s going to happen as well.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
At this point, there are no new ANATOMY books in the works.
Q. What are you currently reading?
Justin Halpern’s I SUCK AT GIRLS. I've never laughed so much while reading a book.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
This November I’ll be speaking with a panel of writers at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. It looks like it’ll be a great time. Read more about it here.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
I used to be obsessed with Anthony Hopkins. That’s not an exaggeration—it got pretty out of hand at times. I wrote an essay about it for the anthology CRUSH. You can read my piece for free here.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A lot of the readers who write me also want to be authors, so here’s my advice: Revision is your friend.