How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I have always wanted to be an author ever since I was a little child. One of my earliest memories was working with my older sister, who took several of my drawings and my writings and stapled them together to be a book.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: The best advice is to write every day as much as you can every day. As you write, your writing will improve. I do not believe that anyone can teach you to write, I only think that you can learn the craft by doing. When I published Casting Lots, my first novel, I found out how to write a novel. I had tried many times before to write a novel and I found out that everything I had been taught about novel writing, in fact, everything I had been told about writing, did not work for me. I found that I had to let me characters be free to grow, change, live their lives, and love whoever they wanted to love, rather than trying to plan and outline the novel. A novel is an organic thing for me: it will go where it wants and not necessarily where I want. I find this gives the novel the quality of life and reality.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Fans can reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org