Here are my questions :1. Have you always been an X files fan ?
Yes. It was a show that I started watching on Friday nights when I got home from swim practice. I got so into it that I got my sister and dad and several of my friends to start watching it. It became a Friday night tradition. We'd order pizza and all hang out in my living room and watch the show.
2. Why did you choose to have the story take place in San Diego ?
I started writing Unraveling when I first moved to NY. I really missed San Diego a lot, and geographically it was a city that I was most familiar with. (By now I'm more familiar with NY, but that took some getting used to.) I also taught high school in a school similar to Janelle's in SD, and that just made it really natural to set the book there.
3. Did you go with the FBI to research the story ?
I didn't! I wish I had though! I have a friend who I went to high school with and he's in the FBI. I've heard a few stories about his job--nothing all that exciting. The stuff he's allowed to tell people is pretty tame, but while I was writing the book I did ask him a few questions as research. Some he answered. Others he came back to me and said, "My boss says I can't tell you that." And then I'd have to research around online and see what I could find out on my own.
4. Did you study Bi-polar disease or know of someone with it?
I know several people who are bipolar, and some of them suffer from the disease more severely than others, and as a result I've seen how it can affect people and the people they live with firsthand. Janelle's mom definitely has a severe case, and part of her problem is that she doesn't take her medication. Thankfully the people I know have responded better to treatment.
5. Fave places to visit in California ?
Oh there are so many. California is a beautiful and wonderful place with fabulous weather--or at least, San Diego is. I used to go to the beach at Torrey Pines and in Del Mar a lot. Neither one of them are as crowded as the beaches in La Jolla or Pacific Beach, though they're great too. My favorite sushi place is in Old Town. It's called Miso Harney's and I'm friends with one of the sushi chefs who can do some of the most amazing and artistic things with food. I also love Mysterious Galaxy bookshop. That's where I used to buy all my books when I lived in SD.
6. Is there going to be another book in the series ?
There is a sequel to Unraveling. It's funny, despite the fact that I'd planned a sequel, I had really thought that the first book could have been a standalone. Now that more people have been asking me about the sequel, I'm really glad I wrote it! It's going to come out in 2013 and then I have another book in 2014 which will either be in the Unraveling series or it will be something a little different.
7. What are some of the must see TV for you ?
Right now my favorite show is Game of Thrones on HBO. I read the books last year before the show came out and absolutely fell in love with the characters and the world, and I have to say HBO did such an amazing job bringing it to the screen. I also really love Fringe which I think is such a creative and interesting show with fabulous acting and writing. And despite how much it frustrates me sometimes, I watch Vampire Diaries every week. I love Damon. He's such a great example of an anti-hero, the guy you're willing to forgive for anything because he's so charming.
8. Chocolate or Vanilla ?
9. Dog or cat ?
I like them both, but I'm allergic to cats, so Dog.
10. Do you think that there are other worlds out there ??
I hope so. It's more interesting to think we're not alone.
11. what books influenced your writing ?
I love The Hunger Games and I think Suzanne Collins taught me a lot about pacing through her books. I love the Vampire Academy series and Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison's adult series--they have such amazing and well thought out worlds. And I'm also obsessed with The Great Gatsby. (Kind of an eclectic mix!)
12. What are you reading right now ??
Right now I'm reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I managed to snag an ARC and I've been trying to prolong the reading experience by not opening it up right away, but this weekend, I'm planning to devour it.
Its a great book and my review will be up tomorrow. Thanks for being here at My 5 Monkeys , and great to know the author behind the book.