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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Alyssa Rae Taylor Interview



Interview written July 9, 2014 (Remastered for new blog)

INTERVIEW

WITH

Alyssa Rae Taylor


Please welcome the Beautiful, bubbly and the brilliant author behind Resisting Ryann and Raising Ryann, Alyssa.
1, Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a mother of three beautiful girls,
an animal lover, and a bit of a workaholic.
I usually do my writing during the daytime,
and my reading at night when my husband
and kids are asleep. I am a huge fan
of Supernatural and Son’s of Anarchy.

2, how would you describe your books?
I would say they are a bit complex with a mixture of Romance, Action,
Humor and Suspense. There also may
be a plot twist or two inside the pages. ;)
3, what genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping (if not already) to explore new ventures?
Goodness, this is a hard question. All of my books will have Romance, but I do like to throw in some action, suspense and mystery into the plot.
I’m not planning to steer away from Romance anytime soon. I do think it would be fun to write a dystopian novel/series,
but I’m not sure if I’m cut out for that.
4, Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters?
"I’m in love with you,” he growls. “Can’t you see that? I live and breathe you. I bleed you,”
Luke Ryann.
5, is it hard to come up with new ideas and / or plot’s?

So far it hasn’t been too hard (crossing my fingers).
6, how long does it take you to complete a finished book?
I wish I could say that it’s easy, but for me it takes about 7-12 months. I have a problem with hitting the delete button.
7, what inspired you to write your book?
When I attempted my first short story in college and received a 100 percent on the assignment. I was a big reader at the time, but had no idea that I could actually write. I thought it would be fun to write a story that was different from what I’ve ever read. I wanted to write something that I would enjoy reading myself.
8, who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?
So far, I would say that Gia has been the easiest character to write. I still have most of the friends I had back in elementary school. So maybe that’s why it feels pretty natural coming up with her personality. What girl doesn’t have a best friend like Gia?
I think the hardest character to write would be Luke, probably because he’s a guy. The last thing I want to do is make Luke sound like a woman.
9, Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on TV / Movie stars?
I’m sure that certain characters from different places influenced my own. I will say that Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is partly where I came up with Luke’s character. I loved Dimitri’s confidence and self-control. I wanted to make sure Luke had those qualities when I wrote him.
10, without giving anything away, what is / are your favourite scenes in your book?
I’m not really sure how to answer that without giving anything away. I’ll just say that my favorite scenes in both Raising & Resisting Ryann are in the bathroom. Luke & Reese are together in both of them- and no I don’t have a fetish with bathrooms. I promise.
11, what’s up next for you?
Breaking Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed 3)
12, do you have any hobbies?
I love to read, & watch my girls play soccer, and dance, traveling with the family.
13, is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?
My oldest daughter writes as a hobby. She’s thirteen.
14, When did you start? What was your first piece? First published piece.
My first attempt at writing a book is my first published piece, Raising Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed 1) August, 2013.
15, do you have any favourite books or authors?
 
I love anything by Colleen Hoover,
and SC Stephens.
16, of all the books and stories you’ve written which is your favourite?
Raising Ryann, my first book of course. J
17, do you have a favourite character?
Luke Ryann
18, what is your favourite genre to write?
Romance/Women’s fiction
19, what is your favourite genre to read?
Romance/Women’s fiction
20, what are your favourite movies?
“The Notebook.” I haven’t been able to find another movie that tops it.
21, how long have you been writing?
Three years.
22, who or what has been your biggest literary influence?
Colleen Hoover.
23, How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your amazing plots?
It all just depends on my mood. Sometimes I can come up with all these ideas, and get really excited about writing them down. Other times it’s hard to come up with anything.
 
24, How about characters? Are they easily born and developed? 25, do you find yourself a struggling writer?
For me, I think the character writing is the easiest part. I love writing the characters.
26, about how long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?
7-12 months, but that may change.
27, have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn’t turning out as you planned?
Not yet.
28, Do you have a special time or place to write?
I get into my writing mode usually between 10:00 am- 7:00 pm. I’m not sure why that is. My brain just seems to function best during that time frame. I usually write in my home office or on the couch with my laptop when my back starts to hurt. Sometimes I go to a coffee shop and write there.
29, any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Many of the scenes that are written in Raising Ryann were developed after a bottle of wine and slurred conversation with my best friend.
30, which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?
The Bad Boy Reformed Trilogy (it’s all that I have out).
31, what is your favourite band/artist/song?
Coldplay, Warning Sign. I adore them.
32, what was it like to publish your first book?
At first it didn’t feel real, especially when Raising Ryann hit the Amazon top ten. I never would have guessed that this would have been my future- that readers would be begging me to release the next one. I truly feel blessed.
33, what advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Follow your dreams and don’t give up. It takes a whole lot of work, but you’ll get there, as long as you continue to believe in yourself. Don’t let the negative energy stop you. It’s impossible to please everyone. If at first you don’t succeed try, and try, again.
34, do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?
Yes. Whenever I get an idea that I don’t want to let go of, I either write it down, or type it into my phone, otherwise I’ll get angry at myself for forgetting.
35, how do you overcome writers block?
As long as I force myself to write on a regular basis, I usually will pull out of a funk. Sometimes I just need to take a small break, even if it’s a couple of days. It can really help.
36, Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?
I am one of those writers that need more time to write a good story. I have to think up the entire plot before I even write the first words on the manuscript. How I would love to be a turbo writer, but that’s just not me.
 

Lindsay Paige Interview


Interview Written July 9th, 2014

AUTHOR LINDSAY PAIGE

 


Please welcome the fun energetic and bubbly hockey mad. And one half of the awesome duo behind the penalty kill trilogy, Lindsay.
1, Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a full-time writer and a full-time college student. I co-write books with Mary Smith as well. I love hockey and the NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. I love Dr. Pepper and my mini Schnauzer, Bartley. Those are the things are pretty much occupy my time.
2, how would you describe your books?
Depends on which book(s). It ranges from sweet to sexy to learning how to survive a mental disorder. They are all romance books with ages ranging from 16-25. Most have hockey in them in some way, but some don’t.
3, what genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping (if not already) to explore new ventures?
As I said, they are all romance books. I started off in Young Adult and have ventured into New Adult and sports romances. I hope to dabble in sports other than hockey as well as different areas and aspects of life that a teen or college-aged person would experience. The main theme will remain romance for the foreseeable future, though.
4, Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters?
My most recent favorite couple is Ryan and Gabe from You before Me. Here’s the quote:
Gabe reaches for the door, just as I do, causing his hand to land over mine.
He cracks a smile. “I’ll get it. You’re a lady, so-”
“That means I can’t open the door by myself?” I quip.
Gabe lets my comment fly right over his head. “No. It means I’m a gentleman and you don’t have to.”
5, is it hard to come up with new ideas and / or plot’s?
Sometimes, especially if you are still in love with your last book. I listen to music, go on a reading binge, and talk to people. An idea is always hiding around the next corner.
6, how long does it take you to complete a finished book?
Depends on complexity and my obsession as well as regular everyday life that likes to interfere here and there. Writing it can take anywhere from a month to four months to a year. After that, there’s quite a bit to do before it’s ready to publish which can add six months or so to the timeline.
7, what inspired you to write your book?
Inspiration comes from a lot of places and each book has a bit of me tucked between the pages. Music and life in general are huge sources for inspiration.
8, who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?
None have really been easy, unless it’s a side character. Those are usually easy to write. Each character has demons and between that, the story itself, and whatever may be happening in my life, they all like to be difficult at times.
9, Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on TV / Movie stars?
Short answer: No. Do they have some traits of people that I know? Sometimes. Maybe. The characters grow into their own person and end up growing and changing throughout the story too. The closest character that is based on a real person is Samantha from Don’t Panic and even then, that is very loosely based.
10, without giving anything away, what is / are your favourite scenes in your book?
I love the very last scene in the Bold as Love series. It never fails to make me smile.
11, what’s up next for you?
I have an Adult Sports Romance series coming out that is coauthored with Mary Smith. I also have a New Adult Sports Romance standalone releasing later this year, which features three hockey players.
12, do you have any hobbies?
Reading, writing, and watching hockey. Do those count? My life is pretty boring between writing and school. Oh! I have recently started to run in 5Ks.
13, is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?
Nope. Just me. I’ve always been the odd one out.
14, When did you start? What was your first piece? First published piece.
My first book, Sweetness, was published in 2011.
15, do you have any favourite books or authors?
Of course! There are a ton. Off the top of my head, I love Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, and Me before You by Jojo Moyes.
16, of all the books and stories you’ve written which is your favourite?
I love them all, but my favorite is my next upcoming release with the 3 hockey players.
17, do you have a favourite character?
Maybe. Depending on my mood depends on which one I like the best.
18, what is your favourite genre to write?
If there’s romance, I love writing it.
19, what is your favourite genre to read?
I used to read pretty much nothing but paranormal romances and then that gave way to contemporary romances.
20, what are your favourite movies?
Fast & Furious, A Walk to Remember, Footloose, and Cars.
21, how long have you been writing?
Since 2010, so four years.
Whoa.
22, How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your amazing plots?
Sometimes, it’s really hard and sometimes, it’s really easy. The difficult part is taking it from an idea to a full blown story.
23, How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?
They are easily born, but not so easily developed. Sometimes, they are “just missing something,” and it can take some time before I can figure it out. It varies with each story and character.
24, do you find yourself a struggling writer?
Creatively? Not really. I have slumps here and there, but that’s about it.
25, about how long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?
Anywhere from six months to a year and a half.
26, have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn’t turning out as you planned?
I don’t ever trash a story. I will, however, toss it into a “Not Happening Anytime Soon” folder in case I want to work on it in the future. Sometimes, I’m just not in the right frame of mind to write that particular story.
27, do you have a special time or place to write?
Not really. I write wherever and whenever I get the chance. But, I do love writing on the couch in the living room and jotting down notes or scenes in the car or in the classroom.
28, any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Hmm. I was addicted to eating Smarties and Gobstoppers while writing you before me.
29, which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?
I haven’t ever thought about it actually. It would be cool if it happened to any of them.
30, what is your favourite band/artist/song?
Oh, this varies on my book. But I did write a blog post of my top ten all-time favorite songs on my blog a while back: http://authorlindsaypaige.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-top-ten-favorite-songs-of-all-time.html
31, what was it like to publish your first book?
Scary as all get out. It’s still like that. I get nervous with every new book.
 
32, what advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Write all the time. Keep improving and keep writing. Persevere through all the ups and downs and love your readers.
33 Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?
I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go for when I get ideas at random times. But if I’m driving or in the shower and can’t readily write it down, I’ll repeat it over and over in my head until I can.
34, how do you overcome writers block?
I haven’t ever had writer’s block, but I have been in writing slumps. That’s usually when it’s been forever and a day since I’ve read a book. Binge-reading is my solution to take a break from the writing side and relax in other people’s characters and worlds.
35 Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?
Both. It depends really on the story. With my co-author, I can pretty much write on demand, but sometimes I need the time and space too. I have a tentative writing schedule of when I would like to have things done, but I don’t set a date or have a deadline because then, all my creativity stops. It’s a mental game, one I haven’t figured out a way to win in that area. In general, I don’t rush my writing.

The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken Review


 

Review written July 8, 2014 (Remastered for new blog)


THE DARE, oh my this had my crying with laughter. You have to love Grandma Nadine everyone needs a grandmother like her she’s freaking awesome and very wise woman. What Grandma wants Grandma gets :D There were many many parts that had me in a fit of giggles but here is one that stands out for me.

“What say you Thor?” Jake asked, hands on hips.

“If he’s Thor, I’m Iron Man.” This from Travis.

“Dibs on Green arrow.” Jake raised his hand.

“Children.” Kacey shook her head.

“It’s like we’re honeymooning with little boys and capes. “

This book is highly recommended sad that this series is over or maybe it’s not as the fabulous Rachel Van Dyken as hinted there could possibly be another one in the series who knows. But for now what an amazing series.

THE BET
THE WAGER
THE DARE

Eliza Gordon Interview



Interview written July 6, 2014

Interview

With

ELIZA GORDON


Please welcome the brilliant and talented lady behind the awsome book that’s been kicking up a storm on amazon.

ELIZA,
1. How are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m good, thanks. Keeping busy, which is what I like. A little about myself? I’m an American, born and raised in Oregon (yay, Portland!) and elsewhere on the West Coast, but I’ve lived just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the past 12 years. As a product of my environment, I love rain and have appropriately webbed feet (not really). I have a soft spot for critters and trees, and I consume likely unhealthy quantities of coffee because COFFEE.
2. How would you describe your book(s)?
Eliza Gordon’s books are meant to serve as pure entertainment, a little something different than what one might expect. Light romance with the intention of recreating real people who are faced with life’s often-unfortunate circumstances. Oh, and laughing. I love making people laugh.
3. What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping (if not already) to explore new ventures?
While Eliza Gordon set out to write romantic comedies primarily, our next book, Neurotica, has slid more into the realm of chick lit and/or women’s fiction. Jayne Dandy is a different girl from Must Love Otters’ Hollie Porter, with a little less comedy and more emphasis on personal growth and overcoming private obstacles.
Under Jennifer Sommersby, I write YA, although you wouldn’t know this because I’ve been working on the same book for four years and we’re still “in surgery” with my publisher. (A version of the story was self-published in 2011, but it’s completely different in its current incarnation.)
4. Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters.
This is a tough one … how about a favorite quote from a character who no longer exists? A fellow in an earlier version of Sleight said, “When God slams the door on your fingers, he opens a window so you can scream for help.” I like that quote. Darling Irwin is no longer in the story, but his line stuck with me.
In Must Love Otters, I love it when Ryan says, “Our raft, our rules.” You’ll have to read the book to know what it means.
5. Is it hard to come up with new ideas and/or plots?
 
Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas that will stick. If something shiny floats by and I think, hey, that could be fun, the idea really has to go through a serious set of questions and answers before I will deem it good enough to carry its own weight. A lot of ideas come and go, but few actually get the attention that will carry them forward into a full-fledged story.
6. Who is your favourite actor?
There are many: Mark Strong is my #1. But I love Richard Armitage, Peter Mooney (Canadian actor who inspired me while writing Must Love Otters), Henry Cavill is pretty to look at, Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower, among others) … For the ladies, I love Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. I love actors who make me laugh. Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence because I think she’d be amazing to hang out with—she and Bradley Cooper. Silver Linings Playbook is one of my favorite movies. This is a dangerous question—I LOVE movies so I have a huge list of favorite actors.
7. What inspired you to write your book(s)?
I wanted to write something that I would read myself. Something funny and not angst-ridden, set in my favorite locations. Light on the sexual content, heavy on laughs and character relatability. And of course, with critters.
8, who is the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?
For me, there is never an easy character to write. I want to make sure all of my characters have their own layers—I think that getting into the head of someone readers aren’t going to like is an interesting challenge. Although for some reason, I do find writing villains the most enjoyable. Oh, and smart-asses. I’ve always been a little cheeky myself, so writing a smart-ass (like Gretchen in the upcoming Neurotica) is easier for me than someone who isn’t so cynical.

9. Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on TV/movie stars?
Often I rely quite heavily on TV and movie actors when I’m building characters, especially my male characters. It helps solidify in my mind what he looks like. The girls, not so much—the looser, the better, so that she could be Every Woman. And my writing style is sparse when it comes to character description; I give the readers a few details about what the character looks like but I don’t spend very much time on it because I really want a reader to have his or her own impressions. It’s part of the fun of reading—imagination!
10. Without giving anything away, what is/are your favourite scenes in your book?
In Must Love Otters, my favorite scene is probably when Ryan takes Hollie to watch the otters. The cougar scene was pretty cool to write—as was the end scene. I just … *sigh*. Yeah. I liked that scene.
11. What is your favourite colour?
YELLOW! And the turquoise-y blue on the cover of Must Love Otters.
12. Do you have any hobbies?
Photography. And of course, reading.
13. Is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?
Yup. Our family boasts a screenwriter, a journalism student and blogger (my daughter Yaunna writes for Page to Premiere), a sometimes poet, an avid journaler, and a kid who loves to write comics.
14. When did you start? What was your first piece? First published piece?
Wow … I don’t even know. I’ve always just sort of written stuff. I wrote a story about a dentist when I was six. I started university studying journalism and then changed to English, but I’ve always been a rather shy writer when It comes to fiction efforts, really only sharing work when I absolutely had to as part of a workshop or writers’ group. I’ve written nonfiction articles for online and print magazines, as well as movie and book reviews. I’m not as sensitive to the rejection of my nonfiction work as I am about fiction. I’m a scaredy cat! In 2007 I was accepted into the fiction cohort of The Writer’s Studio, a program here in Vancouver, and I slowly released my tight grip on my fiction work. My short story about a thirteen-year-old girl growing up with a circus evolved into the YA project (Sleight) now with a major publisher.
15. Do you have any favourite books? Authors? Movies?
My favorite book ever is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. That book changed my life. I have so many favorite authors, from Shakespeare to Jane Austen to J. R. R. Tolkien. I recently read a book by Andrew Smith called Grasshopper Jungle, and it was a most incredible experience. What a ride! I’ve finally succumbed to the Diana Gabaldon OUTLANDER fever—Jamie Fraser … wow, talk about the perfect book boyfriend!—but I love Chuck Palahniuk, Flannery O’Connor, Suzanne Collins, Libba Bray, John Green, Kenneth Oppel, Laini Taylor (you’re seeing a lot of YA authors in here, hey? LOL …). Oh, and Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle is a masterpiece of imagery. I love writers who INSPIRE me to aim higher.


As far as movies are concerned, I am a total nerd for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. My very favorites otherwise are probably Welcome to the Punch, with Mark Strong (!) and James McAvoy, Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version), Perks of Being a Wallflower, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty (Jessica Chastain—Mark Strong has a small part in that too!). Pretty much any Mark Strong movie is my favorite. Except for The Eagle. That was one of the worst films ever made. (Sorry, Mark.) I also love Man of Steel because my husband worked on it AND because Henry Cavill is dreamy. Oh, and Bridesmaids—because LAUGHING. My girlfriend introduced me to the BBC miniseries North and South with Richard Armitage, so I tend to watch and rewatch that more than is likely healthy. See? These sorts of questions are dangerous because I could go on forever.
16. Do you have a favourite character in your books?

In Must Love Otters, my favorite character is probably Ryan Fielding. In Neurotica, I really have a special place for Jayne, but I also love Luke. In Sleight, the YA project, hands down, my favorite character is my villain, Lucian Dmitri. Mmmmmm, Lucian.
17. What is your favourite genre to write?
It depends on what kind of mood I’m in or where I am emotionally. Sometimes I feel feisty and silly, and that’s when comedy writing is easiest. When I’m in a darker mood, I tend to write more emotionally charged stuff. Makes sense, hey? I can only guess this is the same thing that other writers experience, but I cannot write happy-fun-time when I’m down.
18. What is your favourite genre to read?
Again, it depends on my mood. Lately I’ve been reading OUTLANDER, because it’s lush and rich and full-bodied and very, very involved. Other times I will want to read light and fluffy that doesn’t require me to think too much. And still yet, I go on YA binges where I seek out young adult stories that really stand apart from the rest. Andrew Smith does this for me, as does Libba Bray and Barry Lyga.
19. How long have you been writing?
I learned how to read around five years old. My older sister was disabled and had to use a typewriter to do her schoolwork, so I would steal into her room and use the sky-blue Smith Corona electric typewriter to make up my own stories. So … a long time.
20. Who or what has been your biggest literary influence?
“My editors,” she says, crying into her beer.
21. How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?
Almost never. Characters are a complex business. I spend a lot of time thinking about every detail, and I learn something new every time I build a new person.
 22. Do you ever find yourself a struggling writer?
Do you mean, do I suffer from writer’s block? I absolutely do. I wholly believe this is a real thing, and folks who say it isn’t maybe just have a different approach to their work. It is all derived from fear, however—if I’m not feeling confident in my abilities or my work, I have to wrestle with those demons before I can make anything meaningful happen. This can take minutes or hours, though rarely it can take days. I have to force the fear away because my writing time is precious—I have a busy life with my day job, so I don’t have the “luxury” of whisky-soaked episodes of writer’s block depression. LOL …
23. How about how long does it take for you to complete a novel, from concept to completion?
Depends on the project. I give myself four to six months for writing because of life’s other interruptions. The editing and other non-writing details can add even more time to that. I don’t know how some writers churn out books so fast—maybe because writing is their sole job—but I insist that my stories be given time to percolate and age. Like wine, fiction gets better with the passage of time.
24. Have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn’t turning out as you planned?
I’ve done this very recently. It’s sad when this happens. I mourn those lost characters.
25. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I used to write in my car, longhand, outside of a coffee shop from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. I can’t do that anymore, so I typically write during the day at home, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And I power-write on the weekends. I *love* long weekends when I don’t have to be anywhere—I might not even change my clothes for three days. (Okay, I do. I’m a germ freak. But still … )
26. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
How about a quirk: I have a Blankie. It has satin binding on the edge, and I absolutely cannot sleep without it. When I leave the house for any overnighter, it goes with me or I don’t go.
27. Which of your books would you like to see made in to a movie?
I’d love to see ALL of my books made into movies. Must Love Otters could be shot up here in BC—it’s absolutely gorgeous up here—and Neurotica would look fabulous in its Portland setting. And of course, Sleight would be fantastic in her rural Washington (fictionalized) locale. I tend to dream big.
28. What was it like to publish your first book?
Terrifying. And exciting. But mostly terrifying as I waited for people to share their impressions.
29. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Listen to your editor(s). Never stop learning. READ. Every word in every sentence should mean something and not simply serve as a space-filler. And anytime you fall head over heels in love with a sentence, delete it.
30. What is the worst job that you have ever done and why?
I did medical transcription for thirteen years. It was mind-numbing. Although I think the WORST job was probably as a dough tester at the Nabisco factory in Portland, Oregon. It was only a temp job during college for three days, but I thought I was going to die of boredom. My job was to test the consistency of the Oreo cookie dough as it was moved from mixing into the cooling room. It’s a miracle I still eat Oreos after seeing how they’re made.
31. Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?
All the time. Especially while driving and in the shower. And I write them down, of course! Notebooks are always handy in my house.
32. How do you overcome writer’s block?
TIME. And forcing myself to write something different. It can also be helped by reading. When I can’t make my own words for whatever reason, I read, read, read.
33. Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?
Depends on the content. If someone says that I have thirty minutes to write something, I can do it, but there are no guarantees on its readability. I tend to be stronger with nonfiction when writing under pressure, for some reason.
34. How supportive are your family of your work?
My immediate family is completely supportive. They know it’s best to let me write or else I’m a bear to deal with.
35. Are there any places in the world you would love to do a book tour that you have not yet had a chance?
THE UNITED KINGDOM!!! All over. I want to see England and Scotland so badly. And then on to Ireland, of course. Holy smokers, I’ve dreamed about that part of the world since I was a wee lass. And my family is Scottish—Clan Moffitt.
36. What is your favourite food?
Anything sweet. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies. But I’m particularly fond of breakfast crepes.
37. Is there a place you would love to do a book event that you haven’t already been to?
I’ve been nowhere, my friend. WHERE CAN WE GO FIRST?
38. How supportive are your family when you travel world to do book signings?
See #37.
39. What are you afraid of (creepy crawlies)?
Oh dear lord, SPIDERS. There are places in the world I cannot go because they have too many spiders that are bigger than my thumb. I don’t know how I will ever be able to visit Australia (golden orb spiders, Sydney funnel-web, redbacks, huntsman) or New Zealand (huntsman) or anywhere near Thailand, etc. (all the giant spiders). I think I will likely have to rely on National Geographic to get my fill of those places unless someone promises to come with me as my own personal spider wrangler. I am terrified of big spiders. Especially the kind that can make you dead or at least make you pee your pants in absolute terror. Although peeing one’s pants is better than being dead, I suppose. 
Thank you for this interview! I hope your readers will find their way to Must Love Otters and my newest book releasing in August, Neurotica.