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First, what inspired you to write The Elite?
I attended High School on the Upper East Side of New York, so it was a world I knew very well, and wanted to explore in a way that was more meaningful than the books I'd seen on the subject.
Did you plan on making it a series from the beginning or did it eventually become one as you wrote?
No, it was conceived as a series--I actually wanted 9 books total, but, well, that's not going to happen!
What was the easiest part about writing the story?
Once I really figured out who my characters were, the story just sailed along and was a pleasure to write--It really took on a life of it's own.
What was the hardest part about writing the story?
All the characterization I had to do in order to make the plot fly! And plotting out the three books--I hate plotting and would much rather just start writing and see where it takes me--but most editors won't go for that!
There are quite a bit of fashion references in The Elite. Did you research the clothing and brands or were you always into fashion and finally thought it was a good time to put your knowledge to use?
I was always into fashion! I generally look like I'm going out to a fancy dinner or a club when I'm really just doing something dumb like taking out the garbage :) So, I didn't have to do too much research--I'm pretty obsessed with fashion.
What themes/genres are you hoping to touch upon in the future?
I'm working on a paranormal series right now, and a novel loosely based on my experiences of being a club kid in the 80's in NYC.
Lastly, give us one interesting fact about yourself that not many people know of!
I can be really shy if I don't know someone very well. Since I'm so outgoing on the surface, no one ever believes me that I'm actually pretty shy and reserved, but I am!