What motivates you as a writer?
As a new father, I was dismayed by how many books still presented girls as either extremely feminine or overly masculine. I want to write stories that showcase girls as they actually are; fierce and feminine, polite and powerful, and everything in between.
What types of books do you like to read?
I read to my daughter every night. At the moment she is devouring all of the Princess in Black books as well as the entire Ivy & Bean series.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
My story ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes they might get sparked from reading another author's work, or they might pop up while watching TV or talking to a friend. Memorable stories speak to something more than just the words on the page, they illuminate a universal truth. And those truly original stories can sometimes come from the banalest of origins.