I wanted to write a story where the main character has to struggle with the idea of falling in love with someone who could potentially kill her (and who’s already allegedly killed someone in the past). I also wanted to continue experimenting with the supernatural – showing how we all have our own inner senses and intuition, and how with work we can tap into those things and make them stronger. I worked on these concepts in my BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series, and I wanted to continue, but with new characters, plots, and challenges.
I get inspiration from all over. I check out the headlines, watch a lot of reality TV (probably more than I should), read teen magazines, eavesdrop in coffee shops, you name it. I start out with a plot idea that’s different in some way – something I can get really excited about. I’ll play the plot out like a movie in my mind, coming up with a character and his or her motivation. I tend to see my ideas as movies before I start writing. I’ll also map out the entire plot on paper before I start to draft.
You have written several novels, how do you keep your plots fresh? I try to keep my writing fresh by keeping it interesting for me. So, even though I write in the same genre, I try to constantly challenge myself by coming up with new ideas or new ways to build suspense. If I feel like something isn’t fresh in some way, I’ll scrap it, even if it can feasibly work. I’m really excited about both DEADLY LITTLE LIES and DEADLY LITTLE GAME. There are some really big twists in both of those books that I got really into writing.
How many books can we expect in the Touch Series\Blue is for Nightmare Series?
So far there are five books planned for the TOUCH Series. BLACK IS FOR BEGINNINGS will be the fifth book in the BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARE series.
What do you consider your best accomplishment?
Probably BLEED. It was such a challenge to get into the minds of all of those characters. I rewrote those stories more than any other work I’ve done. I must have rewritten Derik’s story at least 40 times trying to get the voice just right, and the motivation to come through. Also, because BLEED takes place over the course of a single day, I wanted each character to have the ability to learn something, and have that lesson be achievable/believable in such a short period of time.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on DEADLY LITTLE GAME, the third book in the TOUCH Series. I’m also writing the third book in the AMANDA PROJECT.