Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
I wrote CHANGELING because I wanted to write a story that my 13-year-old daughter, Darcy, could read. I've written nearly 30 books and none of them have been what would call age-appropriate.
WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
It's taken more three years for CHANGELING to make it to print. I had the idea sometime in 2014, while driving from Paducah to Murray State University to meet a student who wanted to interview me about publishing for a class project. I was thinking about the Voldemort credo, "Magic is might,"and nuclear weaponry - as one does - and how magic was all well and good until your non-magical opposers had nuclear missiles and how magical people would feel watching the Industrial Revolution play out, how scary it would be realizing that the non-magicals were about to outpace them.
All I had in the car was a pen and a stack of Post-It notes, so every time I hit a red light, I scribbled furiously. By the time I met with the student, I had about 15 Post-Its filled with absolute non-sense. But somehow, I manage to interpret into the first two chapters of what would become CHANGELING when I got home.
WILL YOU BE WRITING MORE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS?
CHANGELING is the first in a three-book series. I'm working on a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. My "major" is young adult fiction. So the chances are pretty good!