Yes! I love being an author! Writing stories for kids is the best!
Are there any fun facts (Easter eggs) about Miracle?
Most of the names in my book come from my daughter’s class list from Kindergarten. “The Firebird” is one of my favorite classical pieces. I played “Simple Gifts” in middle school band (on the flute). I sorted into Slytherin, like Amie and Bella. I have composer statues, like the ones in Ms. Sato’s music room!… Read more »
How does being an engineer influence your writing?
Part of my writing is an escape from my engineering job, which is very technical and precise. But some skills have transferred over. I’ll give you three: In engineering, the idea is to design something, test it, and if it doesn’t work, redesign and retest. It’s a cycle. Writing is a similar cycle: write, get… Read more »
You say you’re an engineer during the day. What do you do?
My day job is called Experimental Flight Test Instrumentation Operations Engineer. That’s a lot of words. Basically, I work with helicopters (Apaches and Chinooks). In Experimental Flight Test, sometimes people want to switch out parts: a different engine or a new blade. They want to know what the vibrations are (or the temperature or the… Read more »
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a sophomore in college (that’s like grade 14). So, it’s been about 23 years!
What are you writing next?
I’m working on a few projects. They are all for grades 3-7. One is a mystery, where two 12-year-olds figure out why their math teacher suddenly disappeared. Another is about a girl who tries to prevent her grandmother from moving to Taiwan.
Are you going to write a sequel to Miracle?
Not at this time. Amie’s story came to a nice conclusion. But if another book were about one of the other characters, that would be fun. But it’s not in the works right now.
What is your favorite book?
I like SO many books. I was a huge reader before I became a writer. I love the Harry Potter books, the Wrinkle in Time books, the Amari books, lots of graphic novels, and many books by my author friends.
What was the inspiration for Miracle?
Miracle came from several places: I heard a Bible story about Simeon, who waited at the temple until he met Jesus. And once he met Jesus, he said his life’s purpose was complete and he could die happy. (It’s speculated Simeon was very old). I wondered, what if there was a young girl who fulfilled… Read more »
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas everywhere! A lot of my ideas come from my own life. I had a difficult middle grade experience, so a lot of tidbits come from there. Sometimes a character will stay in my head for a long time and doesn’t have a story until another idea comes along.