Your first book was a self-help book of sorts for middle-grade students (Get Organized Without Losing It), and this novel is a historical novel for young adults. Do you prefer to write for a certain age? What about non-fiction versus fiction?
I have to admit I prefer fiction, although I really enjoyed writing the humorous bits in Get Organized. I recently completed a middle grade novel about a character I love and I tried to incorporate that same kind of humor. But if I had to choose... I love writing for young adults. That's where most of my ideas for future projects seem to be heading.
Okay, describe the scene for us of what it was like when you received the news that Faithful was nominated for the American Library Association YALSA award… be honest…
I cried. Then I logged off the internet, and logged in again, and went back to the page and read it again to be sure I wasn't imagining things. I probably logged off and on four times before I believed it was real. And then spent a lot of time looking at the incredible company of authors on the list.
So… will there be a sequel to Faithful? If so, when?
Ah! Well – yes and no. the sequel isn't precisely a sequel. It follows the character of Kula, a secondary character in Maggie’s story rather than Maggie herself. It’s titled Forgiven and will be out late May, 2011
Tell us something that isn’t on the official bio.
I've been to the bottom of the ocean in a three-man submersible. The inside is about the size of a VW beetle. No, there's no bathroom, and a dive can last as long as eight hours. (Hint: don't drink anything.)