When did you decide you wanted to be an author?Is this where I should answer something like, "I carried a notebook around from the age of two and wrote every story that popped into my mind, even before I could write."No, seriously, I was not that kid. I shunned English growing up, and focused on science and math, and nothing made me happier than placing out of most English in college. It actually wasn't until after having kids that I realized I wanted to give writing a shot. And the lifestyle seems to mesh well with my personality. I write almost every day and love it.
What inspired you to write science fiction?LOL. I guess the science and math :) My college degree's in engineering, and I worked in the field, designing chips, for fifteen years. Growing up, Fantasy and Science Fiction were basically all I read. So when I started writing, I never considered anything else. I'm not even sure I could write something with no fantasy or sci-fi elements involved. I'd just so want to sneak something in.
Do you have a favorite character?I'll go with Heidi, though Jack the Nogical is a close second. Heidi's got spunk. She's not the most gorgeous gal around (like Iva), but she's down to earth and isn't afraid to have a little fun. And plus...well, you'll just have to read the rest of the series to find out.
Which of the characters are you most like, Ben or Andy?Hmmm. Neither. Both. I guess if I had to pick one I'd go with Benjamin. Andy's a bit of a show-off, and that's never really been my style. Benjamin's funny without being overly sarcastic, and he's also destined to save the world.
Are you excited about writing the next 2 books? How far along are you?I love working on the next two books and have completed drafts for both of them. The second is currently with my editor, and the third will get another revision from me before my editor gets a peek.So, yeah, I know how the series will end. It's just fine tuning the path to get there.
Which would you rather have: Telekinesis or Mind-Reading?Telekinesis. No brainer for me. Sure, telekinesis would perpetuate laziness. Imagine not having to get up off my butt and move things myself. But, come on, mind reading? I don't think I'd really want to know what other people are thinking all the time. After all, not everyone has days filled with nice cheery thoughts. And it doesn't mean people hate you or are diabolical if they have bad thoughts here and there. It just means they're human.How about you?
Would you like to spend your summer like Ben and Andy?If I was a teenager, sure! Going off, away from my parents, and hanging out with my friends all summer--sounds like a dream. Growing up, I was the kid who never went to camp ever but always wanted to. Never even a day camp. So, as a new teenager, summer camp away would have been my dream.Plus, add in the benefits of discovering you're from a whole new world. I don't think there's a kid around who would resist this--even if it did mean you had to go to classes.
Do you believe in Atlantis?I want to believe! (Cue X-files music here) I like to believe there was some advanced civilization on an island somewhere near the Mediterranean, and I leave open the possibility for it's existence. After all, so many civilizations have flood myths. Why not another one whose existence was wiped off the face of the earth except in random stories here and there from Plato.
Are you working on any new projects?Yes! New projects are fun. I have an Egyptian series I've been working on for a while now, and I've just started an older YA (not really sure what genre to consider it yet). And, yeah, there's something science fiction or fantasy-ish about all of them.