Poor Selena. This woman has been sick for too long. She has been trying to get this interview to me for months now. Selena was one of the original Samhain authors who had contacted me offering to do this interview. I am happy to do this with her. Selena hopefully by the time this interview has been posted you will have finally kicked this bug you have. Thank you again for your time. Get well soon. :(
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’m the youngest of five in a boisterous Italian competitive family, the rest of them are musically inclined and I’m not. None of the others write. Also, my mother was a great storyteller and I always wanted to follow in her footsteps, although I still can’t bake bread as well as she did, but I like to think I inherited her love of stories and writing.
How long have you been writing for?
Pretty sure I tapped out a story in my mother’s womb.
Of your work, which is your favorite, or that you hold dear for one reason or another?
This question is always so hard to answer. I love them all, but I think right now it would be my current book, “What a Girl Wants,” because I want it to sell well. :) Also, I’ve come a long way from my first book, and have learned a lot about self-editing and polishing.
As an author, who is your favorite to read from?
How much room do you have for the answer? Too many to really list here and I’d hate to leave anybody out. My goal is to re-read the classics a few times per year, and also try one new author every month.
What is your favorite genre?
A great story that goes with a cup of Earl Gray tea.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Writing isn't an answer.
Spending time with my family and friends as much as I can and indulging in some guilty pleasures (reality tv – Dragon’s Den, American Idol and that Model show…there I admit it). Spare time to a writer is rare, especially when we’re promoting, writing, reading and socializing on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you ever collaborated with another author? Or plan too?
I haven’t up until now. Of course if Joy Fielding or Dean Koontz contacted me I’d definitely think about it. :)
Do you have any pen names? If so why do you choose to use a pen name?
When I first started writing and learning about Internet etiquette it was common for people not to put their real names out there, and many writers adopted a pen name for privacy reason. I thought it was a good plan.
Any words of wisdom for your fans and readers?
Save a tree and buy an ebook. Save your sanity and eat chocolate.