1. How did you get started writing?
I went to a groovy progressive elementary school that had no desks but cushions on the floor and we got to do pretty much whatever we wanted. If we didn’t “feel like” doing math for instance (which, coincidentally, I never did), we didn’t have to. So I read books and wrote stories pretty much all day every day. While this “education” didn’t prepare me for middle school, where I had to sit at a desk and go to classes and do homework, it did program me to be a writer for good and for always.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write suspense and thrillers. I started out writing YA (because I was a YA at the time), but found that I loved dreaming up horrible and terrifying situations and watching my characters try to squirm out of them. Whenever someone tells me one of their stories, I always play the “what-if” game in my head, wondering how that story might have been different if the worst had happened. I guess I’m a little on the sadistic side.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I often plot while I’m driving. It’s the perfect place to let my mind wander and be inspired by whatever I see out the window. I also think about Disney World.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
When I get into the zone and characters begin doing things I never expected them to do.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
When I can’t make what’s on the screen as real as what’s in my mind.
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
C.S. Lewis would be my dad because he was so well-read, well-educated, cultured, and a theological giant as well as an excellent writer. And Mother Maybelle Carter would be my mom, because she invented the scratch technique on the guitar and was one of the most influential American musicians of all time. She would have taught me guitar at a young age.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
From my own varied and harrowing adventures, and true-life story podcasts like This American Life and The Moth.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
My IR likes staying up late reading, saying, “just one more chapter,” who likes fast-paced narratives and quirky characters.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I listen to movie soundtracks when I’m writing. I burn candles. My office ceiling is covered in Christmas lights, and coffee and/or bourbon are usually involved.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
END OF THE ROAD comes out January 31, 2017. It’s the story of a computer science grad student to designs a program to communicate with her autistic sister and is tapped by a well-funded startup to develop the software. But the startup is not what it seems, and neither is the reason they want the program. Peril, hijinks, and nerdiness ensue.
Be sure to come back to learn more about LS and her novel, END OF THE ROAD, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
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