1) What inspired you to write your book "Incarnate"?
It's hard to pinpoint what exactly inspired me to write Incarnate. The truth is, I had the idea for the story three years before I decided to write it. At first, the idea was too daunting, so I put it aside and worked on other things in the meantime. By the time I was ready to write the book, I couldn't remember where the original idea came from.
> 2) Are the characters based on your life and how did you come up with their names?
Oh definitely not. My characters are all their own people. They appear to me fully formed, just like any other person, and it's my job as the author to get to know them well enough to show them on paper. As far as their names, sometimes they come named, and other times I have to search around for the perfect one, usually on baby name sites.
> 3) What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Getting the courage to write it in the first place. It always seemed like such a challenge to me -- and it was.
> 4) What do you think makes a good story?
Compelling characters and situations.
> 5) Do you believe in reincarnation?
It's not part of my personal beliefs, but I sure don't know everything. It's a fascinating idea, for sure!
> 6) What would your reaction be if you would be a newsoul?
If I were a newsoul in the world of Range? I'd think I was normal until everyone proved I was not. Then I'd probably feel a lot like Ana: overwhelmed by everyone else!
> 7) Would you like to live like the people in the book, keep being reincarnated?
Since there are some pretty shifty elements to their reincarnation . . . no. Not like that.
> 8) What made you start your writing career? When?
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was twelve years old. That was the point I figured out that books didn't just appear by magic: they needed people to write them, and writing books was a legitimate job.
> 9) What is your working (writing) schedule?
I write every day when I'm working on a draft. I used to write until I fell over from exhaustion, but recently I learned that isn't actually healthy, so I've started setting smaller goals for myself, and if I want to stop after I meet them, I can.
> 10) What have you learned from writing books?
Oh lots of things. I couldn't name everything I've learned! From useful everyday knowledge, to random research knowledge, to insights about myself -- it's been a big learning experience all around.