When did you start writing?
When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me stories in the car to keep me occupied while we drove to preschool. Some were retellings of books or movies, others she made up. Eventually that turned into me making up stories myself. I never consciously started writing–I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! Storytelling is my absolute favorite thing to do.
My first book (and I use that term loosely) was about a group of teenagers who were all unknowingly enticed to a hotel via coded messages in a video game. There was a hurricane involved and a subplot about potted plants. It’s been lost to time, which is probably for the best.
Where do you your get ideas from?
Everywhere and anywhere! Very often an idea is really two (or ten) smaller ideas I’m molding together into one. Sometimes I have a lightning bolt moment (these always seem to happen in public, when I’m nowhere near a pen), and sometimes I just get curious about a subject, start to investigate, and find a story there.
Romances are just as much about personal transformation as they are about falling in love, and that’s why I enjoy writing them so much! Characters are never the same people at the end of a romance novel as they are in the beginning, and the work is figuring out how to get them there. Once you unlock that, you can focus on all the fun stuff (read: sexy stuff).
Your bio says you worked in publishing. What did you do?
I worked in the literary department of a talent agency, whose name I won’t repeat here. But if you’re imagining something between The Devil Wears Prada and Entourage, you wouldn’t be too far off base.
I’d recommend It for anyone that wants to learn more about the publishing industry or develop a tough skin.
What’s the story behind RULES OF ARRANGEMENT?
As most English majors probably experience in college, my friends very frequently asked for help on their papers— editing, proofreading, and anything in between. It became a running joke that I should start charging for it. There’s a story there, I thought.
At the same time, I was spending a lot of time studying in the Art History Library on campus (you can see the actual place here!) and something about being in that environment worked its way into my brain. Just like that, the story about a girl who wrote papers for money, also involved the art world.
The idea percolated with just those details for awhile, until one lazy weekend when I binge-watched the criminally underrated, one-season wonder, Gallery Girls on Bravo. Snobby art dealers running fancy galleries? It fit into the story like it always belonged.
From there, Rules of Arrangement (or, as I called it for most of its early life, “The Thanksgiving Book”) was born. Details and characters filled in as I went. One day, several years later, there was a rough draft of a book.