1. Was it hard to write in two perspectives? How did you make sure each voice was distinctive and that the story still flowed together?
It was tricky writing two different perspectives. I wanted the story to flow without being repetitive, and yet, I wanted to make sure that each of them got their say. Character-wise, the two of them are so very different, it wasn’t hard to “hear” them as two distinctive voices. From a craft standpoint, a lot of it came down to word choice and keeping the particular POV for that chapter firmly in mind. One of the toughest things about telling a story this was way was figuring out what scenes should happen from which perspective. Obviously, the ones where Will or Alona are by themselves aren’t an issue. But when the two of them are together, sometimes it was hard to determine who should be showing us this bit of story. And what I found was it usually came down to whoever had to make a choice in the scene. Unless, of course, watching the other person make the choice was more painful, then I switched it! J
2. I read on your website that you have three retired greyhounds. How did you come about adopting them? Have you ever had any other pets?
We adopted our first greyhound, Snostorm, six months after we got married, and it’s been greyhounds ever since! J We first started talking about it years ago. I’d seen a news program segment, like on 20/20, about how the dogs were being destroyed or starved to death after they were done racing. And it broke my heart. Obviously, conditions have greatly improved in the industry since then with the advent of many greyhound rescue/adoption groups.
When I graduated from college, I started doing some research about the breed. Believe it or not, I’d actually spent most of my life being afraid of dogs, after an unfortunate childhood incident. I loved, and still love, cats, but my husband is allergic. Greyhounds are often described as the most “cat-like” of dogs and despite their large size, they are very gentle, sweet and smart dogs who so desperately want to make you happy. Their lives are not easy, and they so deserve to have a safe and comfortable permanent home. (You can visit www.greyhoundsonly.com , our rescue organization, to learn more or just Google greyhound rescue to find groups near where you live.)
3. The covers for your series are awesome! Were they what you imagined?
I love the covers Hyperion has created for the books! Honestly, I’m not sure that I had covers in mind when I wrote the books. But one thing that I’m super pleased about is how well they reflect the tone of the story. And the models look just like Will and Alona to me. And I think it just doesn’t get any better than that!
4. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
Oh, so many! I love TV. There is some amazing storytelling going on in that medium. And I love that Netflix and DVDs make it possible to catch up on some of these years after they debuted. Supernatural, Fringe, Veronica Mars (one of my all-time favorites!), The Big Bang Theory, Shameless, Bones, Lie to Me,
5. If you and Alona could spend the day together, what would you do?
I would make her take me shopping and help me figure out what to buy. I am the WORST shopper in the world. I’d have to give her a very strict budget, though as I’m guessing her tastes run a little bit on the expensive side. On the sappy side, I’d also just want to give her a giant hug, which she would probably hate.