1. What has been the biggest challenge you've encoutered as a writer?
Honestly, marketing. The writing and editing parts were a blast, even though they took me a probably-inordinate-amount of time. Marketing is a lot harder than it looks!
2. Complete the sentence, When I'm not writing, I'm _______
Working ;), hanging out with my husband, geocaching, crocheting, watching movies, playing video games, Pinteresting. (Maybe it's been used already, but I think I just made my own verb.)
3. If you could hang out with any of your characters for the day, who would it be?
Definitely Charlie. Charlie is the main character's, Torberta's, spiritual guide, in a way. He was a musician and died in a plane crash in the 1930s, and he's seen a lot of history since. On top of being a loving big-brother character, he'd have the best stories to tell. Like hanging out with George Washington's ghost in a jazz club.
4. What has been the nicest thing anyone has said to you, after publishing your book?
Not to discount any of the other nice things people have said, but the nicest was my cousin's 12-year-old daughter saying she wanted my help publishing her own book after reading mine. And she's a great writer!
5. When writing the Death of Torberta Turchin, what was the biggest challenge to keep the story fresh and different?
I think I spent the most time making sure that I wasn't writing too similarly to whatever book I might've been reading at any time while I was writing. I never caught myself doing so, but I really worried I'd end up a copycat, whether with someone else's ideas, verbiage, or general writing style. I'd comb back over my work every once in a while to make sure it was my own.
6. If you could invite six authors to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?
Samuel Clemens / Mark Twain
I'm shy and might have trouble entertaining them, but I could still list more!