On writing: "Stories I love operate on three planes at once—the popcorn element that gives you that swept-away feeling; the propulsive engine that enables readers to experience a thrill and be satisfied at the end; a depth that prompts you to an understanding of the artist's intention."
On reading in summer: "I grew up on 27 acres of land in the high desert of central Oregon. Summer for me was the looking glass, the rabbit hole. I fell into books."
Most looking forward to reading: "NOS4A2, by Joe Hill, and The Once and Future King, by T.H. White."
Background check: "In sixth grade, for a research paper, I followed the instructions in a library book and tried to transform myself into a werewolf."
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