This interview first appeared on Heather Weidner's blog:
A few of your favorite things: Good running shoes, books, and soap that smells like eucalyptus.
Things you need to throw out: Junk mail, mismatched socks, the nearly empty milk carton in the back of the fridge.
Things you need for your writing sessions: Me, a pen, and a notebook.
Things that hamper your writing: Imposter syndrome, the doorbell, and my dog’s incessant barking at whoever rings the doorbell.
Things you love about writing: Playing with imaginary friends and enemies.
Things you hate about writing: Imposter syndrome.
Favorite foods: Cranberry-orange scones, Power Crunch bars, stinky cheese.
Things that make you want to gag: Halitosis, tofu, complaining.
Favorite music or song: Anything by Lana del Rey (aka Lana del SLAY, aka The QUEEN)
Music that drives you crazy: Good crazy? Lana del Rey. Bad crazy? Death metal.
Favorite beverage: Coffee.
Something that gives you a sour face: Pickles, but I love them.
Something you wish you could do: Write 10,000 words a day.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Deep fry chicken.
Things you always put in your books: Complicated people, unsavory people who think they’re doing the right thing.
Things you never put in your books: Invincible protagonists who do nothing wrong.
Favorite places you’ve been: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, San Diego, California, DC, NYC.
Places you never want to go to again: New Orleans. But I’d go again if you were to give me a large sum of money and armed security (yes, I had a bad experience).
Favorite books (or genre): Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The Gulag Archipelago by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.
Books you wouldn’t buy: Anything romance.
Favorite things to do: Talking to people, running, reading.
Things you’d run through a fire or eat bugs to get out of doing: Laundry, kettle bell swings.
The coolest person you’ve ever met: Former Navy SEAL/author Jack Carr.
The celebrity who didn’t look like he/she did in pictures/video: JLo (pics don’t do her justice). And yes, she was nice.
The nicest thing a reader said to you: A reader said one of my books was “like 1984 on steroids.”
The craziest thing a reader said to you: Quite a few seem to think my second book is an autobiography. It’s not. But it IS based on actual events.