Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been married?
I have been married to my college sweetheart since 2008. I actually wrote a bit about how we met once upon a time, and you can read that post here.
What is your enneagram number?
For a long time, I was convinced I was a Type 9. But then I read about the core fears and desires of a Type 1 and had to admit I just have an intense 9 wing. I have an strong sense of morality (my therapist would say I “moralize” everything, sometimes to my own detriment) and I’m hyper-aware of my own flaws. I’m also incredibly sensitive and often find myself in the peace-keeping role among family and friends. One of the things I find most interesting about being a Type 1 is that when we’re at our healthiest we look a lot like the spontaneous, fun-loving Type 7, and I would definitely agree that I fit into that category. At my healthiest, I am a free spirit who loves a good adventure.
When is your next book coming out?
Sometime in 2020. Stay tuned!
How many tattoos do you have?
Four. I might actually have five by the time you read this, who knows?
when did you start writing?
When I was seven. My second-grade teacher (Hey, Mrs. Hurston!) invited me to read to the class one day, so I wrote my own book—illustrated and made with a cover of white poster board—and brought it to story time. I will never forget how proud I felt sitting up there in front of the class, reading my own story. Then, in 6th grade, I started a journal after reading The Diary of Anne Frank and wrote in it almost daily until I was in college. (Where I majored in Creative Writing and Music.) I still have dozens of half-filled journals around my house that I pick up and use at random. I never go anywhere without a pen and paper.
was homeschooling fun?
Yes! I loved homeschooling our daughter, Lucy. Bearing witness to her delight in the world was such a joy to me. I hope that one day we’ll get back to it, but for now she’s loving her first year of public school.
Will you ever write any more fiction?
Sometimes I get a wild hair and think I should write a historical novel based on some of the stories my grandmother has told me about our family in the late 19th/early 20th century. But then I think about the research involved and it just sounds exhausting. My late fiction professor told me to write what I know, and I know motherhood, marriage, and mental illness…so that’s what I’ll stick to for now.
What are your favorite harry potter books?
Um, all of them?
Okay, I’ll do my best. Here they are, ranked in order of best to least-best (because “worst” is not a category for Harry Potter):
1) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
2) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
3) Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
4) Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
5) Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
6) Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
7) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
8) Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
what is your favorite period drama?
Outlander…no, The Crown…oh, wait, Poldark! Or maybe Victoria…but also I love Larkrise to Candleford and Bomb Girls and Charité and…