What's the first thing you remember writing?
When I was six, I wrote about a gang of girls who rode around in a van playing musical instruments on the roof. I was heavily influenced by The Go-Go's, Josie & The Pussycats, and Charlie's Angels. And apparently, Scooby-Doo.
I wrote a song for President Regan when he got shot. When I got a letter back from the White House, the cul de sac all gathered around to look at the letterhead.
How did you become a writer?
I started in TV news and radio. I spent a large part of my career writing copy for boutique ad agencies and the internal marketing departments of some big Seattle companies. I wrote PSAs and radio commercials, notably a Hooters radio ad and printed piece for Volkswagen.
On the side, I wrote for magazines. I did the cover story on plastic surgery for SEATTLE Magazine, did some travel writing and profiles on Northwest entreprenuers.
My first book, I ONLY SMOKE ON THURSDAYS, came out the day before my 30th birthday. A year later, HAILEY BAILEY WINS THE DAILY debuted.
What are you working on right now?
I have four children's books seeking publication and a book on communication -- which reads like a very long and engaging conversation with an internationally-known communications expert, coming out around the holidays.
I developed a TV show with one of Seattle's top marijuana lawyers and I'm shopping that around. I'd love to see it on NETFLIX or Amazon PRIME's programming. I'm also developing a screenplay about the self-help industry.
Who are your favorite writers?
I would have pictures of Jenji Kohan, Diablo Cody, and Nora Ephron all over my walls like a teenage girl would have movie stars. I want to be friends with these people, text them at 1:30 in the morning.
I adore David Sedaris... I sent him my book and he wrote back and said he had it on his bookshelf. That was huge for me; I have that letter framed on my wall.
I want to write something like Haruki Murakami; his books make me feel like I'm on a wonderful acid trip -- I honestly never want them to end.
I also love the twisted mind of Chuck Palahniuk and the way Stephen King can write about anything .
My fav all time book is A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. But I also love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Auntie Mame, The Time Traveler's Wife... really, there are so many.