How did you go about writing Grimalkin? Was it harder to write him as a character, as he was not human?
Actually, Grimalkin was very easy. Originally, I just needed someone who was knowledgeable about Faeryland and could guide Meghan through, but Grimalkin sort of took on a life of his own and evolved into what he is today: a sarcastic, favor-collecting Cheshire Cat who says whatever he feels like and always looks out for Number One.
What was your favorite character to write in The Iron King?
Grimalkin was the most fun to write, I will admit. My favorite character is Ash, Queen Mab’s son, because I love dark stoic bad boys who can wield pointy objects.
What’s your favorite aspect of faerie lore?
There are so many legends, I don’t know if I have a favorite. I like how most older faery stories have a darker edge to them; no one was granted wishes or married the handsome prince without a price. I find it intriguing that the glittery winged fairies of today are much different then the ancient, original faeries, who were feared by humans for good reason.
What has been your favorite thing on your road to publication?
Ummm … getting published! Lol, no there have been many awesome things along the road to publication. Like finding the YA blogosphere and getting to know the many awesome bloggers and YA lovers I didn’t even know existed before. I think that was the most surprising for me. Also, finding the Tenners; it’s so nice to be part of a group that knows exactly what you’re going through because they’re going through the same thing.
A genie comes and grants you 3 wishes – what do you wish for?
For The Iron King to do well, a chance to visit Japan, and a lifetime supply of Mt. Dew. (If there’s anything I’ve learned about granted wishes, it’s that the big ones never turn out how you expect.)
Can you tell us about your time living in Hawaii?
There were a lot of … bugs. Very large bugs. I’ve actually scared people away from vacationing in Hawaii with my stories of giant bugs, are you sure you want me talking about it? *Evil grin.* I do miss the ocean, though. Sure, I’ve been chased out of the water by sharks and stung by jellyfish and caught in riptides, but if you’ve never seen the ocean … you don’t really know what its like until you see it for yourself. Also, I’ve swam with a wild Green Sea Turtle, which was the most awesome experience in my life, let me tell you.
So I hear you’ve had the opportunity to meet Orlando Bloom? Could you tell us about this moment?
Lol, okay I’ll tell the story, though it’s not nearly as exciting as one would think. Orlando Bloom was in Louisville that month to shoot the movie Elizabethtown. My friend and I were taking my dog to the local dog park, when this person walked up and said: “What a cool-looking dog,” (My dog is an Australian Shepherd) and started playing with him. Yup, it was Orlando Bloom. I was very proud of myself that I didn’t fangirl squee all over him (though he’s even cuter in person then his is on screen), and we talked for several minutes while our dogs played with each other. Yes, my dog got to play with Orlando Bloom’s dog. Then Orlando and his dog left, and I returned to my house and taunted my roommate for not wanting to visit the park with me that afternoon. I doubt Mr. Bloom remembers me, but I may be one of the few who can say Orlando Bloom liked my dog. ;-)
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