Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Hers is the tone I always shoot for when giving advice – loving and compassionate with just a touch of “but seriously, get your shit together.”
Your favorite show to binge watch when you’re not writing?
Right now I’m all about Jane the Virgin. Binge-watching happens very slowly when you have a 9-month-old, though, so please don’t spoil anything that happens after season 1.
What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?
May the gods of cinematic taste forgive me, but the only movie I’ve seen in theaters since my daughter was born was The Purge: Election Year.
Do you listen to music while you’re writing? If so, what kind?
I don’t usually write with music on, but Alabama Shakes is incredible to edit to.
Do you prefer writing in a buzzing coffee shop or silent library?
Coffee shop. That way I have an excuse to over-caffeinate myself – hey, it’s rude to use the table if you haven’t bought anything for two hours.
Desk, bed or couch?
Couch, but right now I’m writing in bed next to the napping baby.
Does your process consist of writing it all out in one big messy draft and then editing, or perfecting as you go (or something in between)?
I swear by terrible first drafts. And they’re usually way too long, too – my editing process is all about taking out the parts where I rambled around before getting to the point. Also removing the word “awesome.”
How do you pay the bills, if not solely by your pen and your wit?
I married well. My partner has a good career and benefits, so I can get by on freelance writing and occasional teaching gigs. (For the record, my partner and I were both broke when we got together.)
What is your trick to finding time to write your book while also doing the above?
Um… not getting enough sleep, mostly.
If you could write fanfiction about any pop culture character, real or imagined, who would it be?
If I ever wrote fanfiction it would be Buffy/Faith femslash. I don’t! But I’ve thought about it.