Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
It's a bit of a cop-out, perhaps, but I read - I read a lot! - and I feel that every book I've ever read, good or bad, has informed my own writing.
I've always felt that Beauty & the Beast is one of the most compelling of the Disney-fied fairy tales. Certainly it's the one that's been best translated to stage and screen. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that it's the only one where the male lead is more than a glorified Ken doll, there simply to make the girl look good. So one day I decided to do my own contemporary version, where the boy has done something beastly, resulting in him having hooks for hands, while the girl is, well, beautiful.
In the way that high school kids can sometimes label other kids based on mere surface things, Lucius Wolfe with his hooks is immediately labeled crazy in his new school, while everyone considers Aurora Belle to be beautiful. Together they're crazy beautiful.
What did you enjoy most about writing Crazy Beautiful?
That no matter what you think you've written, there are readers who will read something entirely different into your creation, usually something you never intended them to do. In the end, you can only write what you write, but you can't control how others perceive it.
What was the hardest part of writing your books any why?
You have written for Adults, YAs, and Kids, which is your favorite genre to write for and why?
What projects are you currently working on?
Thanks for having me!
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