When I’m sad, I pick up The Princess Bride and duel the six-fingered man. When I’m lonely, I reread Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot. When I’m in search of inspiration, I find Diana Wynne Jones because her words are like a lighthouse when I’m lost at sea. When I need a laugh, I pick up Artemis Fowl, and when I want to be awed by snark and circumstance I crack open Libba Bray. When I’m looking for a bit of magical girl power, I blow the dust off my copies of Sailor Moon and fall in love with Tuxedo Mask all over again.
I grew up in a small southern town and went to a small southern university (not really, it was a Big Southern University that might also have the same initials as the University of Southern California). There, I studied English because I refused to take any sort of math course (which, in hindsight, was a Very Bad Idea. There’s only so many times you can read Beowulf before you starts to ship Grendel/lost arm. In the cave. Getting… handsy).
Now I live in NYC (aka the Best City in the World, as per Starkid), working in The Industry by day and spending my nights dreaming of Hogwarts. Somewhere in the middle I write copious amounts of fanfiction about Star Trek and Dragon Age (shhhh, don’t tell my agent extraordinaire, Holly Root) and play a hella lot of video games.
My second novel We Own the Night, comes out Spring 2016 from Bloomsbury Spark.
Now here’s a picture of me and Libba Bray doing jazz hands.
Maximum Nerd Achieved.