On writing: I normally have several story ideas floating in my head at one time. If I’m not writing, I’m revising, outlining, or making my characters answer a bunch of invasive questions. While that’s happening, other characters persistently whisper in my ear or scraps of stories flirt with me as I’m trying to actually finish something. Sometimes it’s maddening, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

On reading: According to my mother, I started reading when I was two and I haven’t stopped since. I’ll read just about anything and I’m a sucker for complicated characters, unique settings, and snappy patter. For me, it’s part research, part creative practice, part obsession, and all love.