Author’s Favorite Video Games
- Borderlands 1 and 2
- Fallout 3
- Persona Series
- Silent Hill Series
- Final Fantasy Series
- Dragon Age Series
- Mass Effect Series
- Fable Series
- Bioshock Series
- Magic: The Gathering
- Perfect Dark
- Heavy Rain
- LA Noire
Author’s Favorite Bad Boys
- Heathcliff from ‘Wuthering Heights‘
- Jake Barnes from ‘The Sun Also Rises‘
- Will from ‘Infernal Devices‘
- Lord Byron
- The Scarecrow in ‘Batman Begins‘
- Lucifer from ‘Supernatural‘
- Mr. Darcy from ‘Pride and Prejudice‘
- James Dean
- Damon from ‘Vampire Diaries‘
- V from ‘V for Vendetta‘
- What inspired you to write your book?
I had written a short story about Derek and Lily and their first time called “Her Brother’s Best Friend.” It was just supposed to be a short erotic story. But it sold well, so I thought about writing more about the two of them. However, as I started writing Forget Me Not, the story would not work for me. Until I found Jack. And then the novel was over and there was just so much more to his story, so Lily of the Valley was born.
- How did you come up with the title?
Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are both flowers, and the series is called Flowering. The reason is that it is about love, sexuality, and growing up – sort of blossoming into the person you will be. Forget Me Not also addresses the idea of leaving your life behind and moving on. And Lily is the main female character, so hence Lily of the Valley.
- Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
People are complicated, as are relationships. The things we think we want sometimes turn out not to be what we want. In addition, the people we think we understand may surprise us. We can’t assume anything about love or each other. They are too complex.
- What books have most influenced your life most?
The Catcher in the Rye, because it was the first time I understood that other people felt like me and it also said it was okay to be different. And The Sun Also Rises, because there can be beauty in suffering.
- If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Hemingway. I know he’s dead, but he knew how to write true.
- What are your current projects?
I am writing Scandal, a contemporary romance about a teacher and an actor who find each other after they are both ruined by rumors, and I am waiting to release Bitter Fruits, a New Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romance in December through the publisher. I am also working on Immortal Star, the second book in that series.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Jack’s experiences and emotions are really closely tied to my own and it was hard to write some of his scenes.
- If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Aubrey Plaza. She has the same type of biting sarcasm that I do.
- If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
Travel the world and write.
- What kind of people do you dislike?
Anyone who is cruel to other people or creatures. People who assume their own reality is the only reality. And people who don’t read.