What is the first book that
made you cry?
“Where the Red Fern Grows” was the first book that made me, not only cry, but hysterically sob. I threw the book across the room and curled up in the fetal position. Later reflections would still prompt tears and involuntary weeping. It was quite traumatic, but in a good way. There have been very few books since that have had such a striking impact on me in the “ugly cry” way. Though, the death of Snape
was a close second.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write in a very selfish way—I write what I want to read, not really anything I imagine others would want to read. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover, however, that there are many people in the world who are quite like me and who are quite interested in reading my selfish whims. So in that way, I deliver original stories to readers like me, looking for the unusual and strange premise and character experience.