What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved books as a kid so it’s hard to choose which would be my favorite. Books I liked included Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch, Little Critters, Berenstain Bears, Franklin, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Jillian Jiggs, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, I Spy. As I got older, I read a lot of Mary-Kate and Ashley books (I grew up in the 90s) and I loved The Boxcar Children, Wayside School.
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
No, I’ve always seen it more as a hobby or something to get my thoughts down. I’ve never really seen it as a career for myself.
Given the chance to live your life again, what would you change about yourself?
The first thing that comes to mind is having confidence in myself growing up. There are so many things I quit or didn’t try because I didn’t have confidence in myself or I was too worried about what other people thought of me. Most of my preteen and teenage years, as well as some of my early twenties, were defined by my lack of confidence.
Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?
I don’t remember anyone actually telling me this but on one of my grade school assignments; my teacher wrote that I should be a writer.
Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?
Both my parents enjoy reading and I was encouraged to be a reader. I learned to read before I started school and my mom would read to me and bring us to the library. We had a lot of books growing up and my parents still have a bunch of the ones we read as kids.
How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
I think it has helped me understand that everyone has a story and I don’t know what has led people to a certain point. I don’t know their backstory or what is going through their minds. So in a way, I think being a writer has made me more compassionate towards people.
Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you?
All the time. There have been times when I’ve done it temporarily but I always come back.