Best moment as an author:
Every time I get to meet readers. I know readers get nervous about it, but trust me, I’m way more nervous and excited to meet you!
Last thing that made you cry:
Oh, lord, do I cry over dumb things (and NOT over the huge things, weirdly). I don’t remember the exact order, but in the past week, I’ve cried about A Darkly Beating Heart’s release, an animal rescue foundation’s Facebook feed, Captain America, a sweet two-sentence email from a reader, a DIFFERENT animal rescue foundation’s Facebook feed (why do I even…), and a post-important-meeting stress dump. The meeting even went well! I just had a lot of emotions that had to go somewhere!
Last thing you treated yourself to:
New fall boots. I think I do this every fall. It’s my favorite time of year!
Favorite place in the world:
Anywhere cloudy and forested. Possibly in the mountains. My brain lives permanently in Scotland or Norway or the mountainous regions of Japan.
“Bitches get stuff done.” Okay, maybe not, like, my favorite quote in the totality of the human experience, but it’s definitely a good motto! Kindness is important, but I’m never going to be quiet and polite just to keep the peace when there’s important work to be done. I think women especially have trouble pushing past our fear of getting labeled a bitch when we’re pursuing our goals. I’ve gotten better about it but still have to remind myself a lot. (Can you tell I’m Slytherin?)ABOUT A DARKLY BEATING HEART:
No one knows how to handle Reiko. She is full of hatred; all she can think about is how to best hurt herself and those people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life . . . until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.
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