1. What is your favorite Television show/Movie?
A: Oh, man. I have so many. I absolutely love HAVEN. I also like to watch GHOST HUNTERS, SURVIVOR & HAWAII FIVE-O. Don't snort at the last one. I'm totally in love with Alex O'Loughlin and will watch him in absolutely anything. He used to star as a vampire in MOONLIGHT. LOVED that show. *fans self*
2. What was your inspiration for Bound?
A: ACK! This sounds so cliche. Like . . . couldn't I come up with an original answer to this question? *ahem* Okay, brace yourself. It was a dream. See, I told you it was cliche. *shakes head* So embarrassing.
3. What's a perfect day for you? (sunny, rainy, etc.)
A: I have to close my eyes for this one because I don't think it exists in my world. *deep breath* Aw, there it is. I wake up to the pulsing beat of a ceiling fan as it circulates the ocean breeze drifting through the open window. Crisp white sheets drape across my body and hunk I'm all tangled up with. Waves crash up on the beach a short distance from us. We'll walk there later, but not before he makes me eggs benedict, fresh squeezed orange juice and massages my scalp while washing my hair. *cough* Yeah, right. Honestly, I'd be happy with a bowl of Cheerios, a glass of Tang and two hours of uninterrupted time to write. The beach would be nice, though.
4. How difficult was it for you to make up a whole new world?
A: Ha! I have a warped imagination, so not difficult at all. For me, creating is the easy part of writing.
5. In 1-2 sentences please explain why we should read Bound?
A: Bound is one of those books where you can completely lose yourself in the story, forget about your own problems, and experience something that makes you feel emotions you never knew you had. We all need to get away from reality once in a while and reading Bound can do that.
6. What do you do when you experience the dreaded writer's block?
A: UGH! I think writer's block is different for each writer. Some get stuck in their story and have trouble figuring out where to take it next, while others dry up and have no words to give. I've never had problems like that. I lay awake nights trying to shut my brain down because it's so full of ideas and words. Writer's block comes to me when I can't get into my "ZONE." There are so many distractions in life, so many things on my do-list that call to me—email, blogging, *ahem* interviews, etc.—that drag me away from my writing, that when I finally get the time to do it, I often FREEZE and forget how to write. I wish I had a cure, but to be honest, I just have to glue my butt to the chair and not leave until the words start spewing onto the computer screen.
7. What is one thing you have never done but always wanted to try?
A: I actually have a very long "bucket" list, but if I had to choose one thing, I'd love to go to New York and see a Broadway musical.
8. Do you have a music playlist for Bound?
A: I WISH! There have been a few songs that have come and gone during the writing process, but I've never made a list. I'd LOVE it if some fans did that for me—sent me a song or two that made them think of the story between Kira and Octavion. Or even the friendship between Kira and Lydia.
Thanks for asking me to be your guest today, Lauren. It's been fun.