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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Author Q&A: readers, reading, and DBAW secrets!

Cass from Words on Paper asks:

What do you hope readers will gain from reading Tell Me A Secret?

Many ideas went into this book — so many questions I ponder about relationships and time and the universe, and how different people can experience the same events and come away with completely different memories. If I had to boil it down to one or two things I hope readers will take away, I’d say you can’t find yourself in other people, and the past does not have to define the future.

What has been your favourite aspect of being an author so far?

Getting to connect with readers, definitely! It has been a privilege.

How did you come up with the idea for Don't Breathe A Word?

Years ago, I had an idea for a girl who fakes being homeless (she was going to be maybe a cheerleader by day, and she spends time on the streets after school). I'd sort of forgotten about that when a couple of years ago my friend who was a youth pastor was looking for donations - socks, toiletries, etc., to take to the homeless teens in Seattle.

Quite suddenly, I had this picture of a girl who runs away for real. She meets up with a group of homeless kids and has to make a terrible decision. When I actually started writing, her boyfriend...Asher...suddenly appeared. He was dark and sexy and menacing, and it turns out he's intimately tied to her reasons for running away. Much of the writing process was figuring out her secret reasons - at first, they were secret even from me...

Anyway, I can't wait to see what you think about it.

Thank you, Cass, for your questions!


  1. Great questions and answers. So interesting how you came up with the idea for Don't Breathe A Word.

  2. I SO want to read Don't Breath A Word now!