Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?
Speculative fiction was never really a draw for me—I just happened to want to write this story and I always saw it as magical realism. My next book is actually a contemporary story and I see myself writing mostly contemporary in the future.
Q: What are you reading right now?
Bone Gap! I think I’m the last person on earth to read it. I wanted to save it for when I had time. The voice and pacing are masterful, but the beauty of the story is the feminist message.
Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?
Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting. I love that she chooses to not live forever and instead faces the world on her own terms. She’s a great example of my favorite type of heroine—independent.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?
Honestly, I do my best writing in bed. If I have to write at a desk, I can, but when it comes to drafting, nothing beats propping myself against a heap of pillows.
Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?
I’ve always been a fan of Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate fashion icon.
Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?
I already do have my absolute favorite animal, my dog, Lexi. She’s an 11 year-old Bichon Frise, and we’ve spent the most important years of my life together.
Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?
Dark, but in small quantities. I’m not much of a chocolate fan.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I love to (over)decorate, wrap gifts, and watch cheesy Christmas movies.
Q: What’s your favorite emoji? OR What’s your favorite GIF?
I’m a fan of this one, lately.
Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were [the age of their book’s main character]?
A writer. I always say, “I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me.” It was literally the only profession that interested me—and I’m so grateful for that!
Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor
Sixteen-year-old Tal is a Wanderer—a grifter whose life is built around the sound of wheels on the road, the customs of her camp, and the artful scams that keep her fed. With her brother, Wen, by her side, it’s the only life she’s ever known. It’s the only one she’s ever needed.Then in a sleepy Southern town, the queen of cons picks the wrong mark when she meets Spencer Sway—the clean-cut Socially Secured boy who ends up hustling her instead of the other way around. For the first time, she sees a reason to stay. As her obligations to the camp begin to feel like a prison sentence, the pull to leave tradition behind has never been so strong.But the Wanderers live by signs, and all the signs all say that Tal and Spencer will end only in heartache and disaster. Is a chance at freedom worth almost certain destruction?