What motivates you as a writer?
The little voice inside me that nags me until I drop everything and start writing. Ha! But seriously, my love for my characters is definitely what motivates me as a writer. Even when I get discouraged, my desire to see my characters interact on paper and get their happily ever after pushes me to keep writing.
Oh, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
What types of books do you like to read?
I like books with snappy dialogue, quirky characters, lots of emotion, and happy endings. I'll read books from most genres, provided the story is well-written and engaging. Some of my favorites include: "Fire and Hemlock" by Diana Wynne Jones, the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, The Shoes series by Noel Streatfeild, and anything written by Jenny B. Jones.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
Before I became a serious writer, I was far less picky about what I read. Now, if a story isn't resonating with me within the first four or five chapters, I'll put it down and start something else. I also tend to read books with a more critical eye, always noting what I liked and didn't like about them.