The nerdy girl in me loves stories of all kinds—but especially the gooey ones that make make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. My novel, My Boyfriend Merlin, came from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. I started my first book at sixteen, writing in long notebooks on train rides in India. While reading, I recommend pajamas first, and a pumpkin spice anything for taste.
Why do I write? Ever since I can remember I’ve been reading. One spring break, I read forty books and admitted to it at school. I still haven’t lived that one down. I started writing because I love stories and like the voracious planet eater on Star Trek, I never want to run out of them.
My favorite book as a child: I fell into fantasy because of the Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I fell into dragons because of the series by Anne McCaffery. (I fell into Merlin later. Freshman English. Once and Future King. T.H. White.) But by far, my favorite book series was Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene. I always wanted to be a detective, but then I found I could write about even more awesome adventures. Of course, sometime later, I found boys. So I had to roll them into the story. Because, honestly, wouldn’t Nancy be bored without…the Hardy Boys? (I alwasy thought she should have dumped Ned long ago.)
Why Merlin? He's fun! I love a good superhero story. And I've been waiting for a great girl centric story about King Arthur. (Seriously, how long ago was The Mists of Avalon?) Now I don't have to! Also, I love mythology and legend. This was a chance to put my spin on it, but keep it in today's time—in My Boyfriend Merlin, Merlin escapes the cave he's been trapped in for over a thousand years to find that the world needs him again.
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