FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What inspired you to become a writer?
It's in my blood. I have written and created stories since preschool. Writing/storytelling is a physical need, a habit I have started young and never really stopped. Though I have paused creative fiction/storytelling while in law school, I never ceased writing since it's part of academia and the job.
- How do you come up with ideas for your books?
The real question should be "When don’t I come up with ideas?" My mind is constantly reeling with hypotheses, possibilities, and questions. I am curious by nature and always ready for anything (my worse-case-scenario mind from my legal training + OPSEC from being a Navy spouse). I also have very vivid dreams. All serve as inspiration.
- What is your writing routine like?
I write at least four hours a day no matter what. As soon as I am done with work I write, no matter where I am. Besides my desk and my bed, I have written in the car (not while driving, of course lol), on the bleachers during my children’s practices, in the plane, in the doctor’s waiting rooms, and even while in the hospital.
- Do you have any specific rituals or habits while writing?
When I write in the morning, I enjoy a cup of green tea (matcha tea on Sundays) and listen to the sound of the storm (recording).
- What genres do you enjoy writing the most?
I love writing novels of suspense (traditional mysteries and thrillers) and speculative short stories (as well as children's mysteries / adventures).
- Are there any upcoming releases or projects you're excited about?
“Threads of Deception”, my debut mystery novel will be out this fall (November 12, 2024). It’s the first book (standalone) of the SUDDENLY FRENCH series.
- Are there specific themes or topics that inspire your writing?
The search for truth, legal justice, social justice, strong women, underdogs, and what it means to be an American.
Articles and Interviews
La Jolla Light article —profile on Elle Jauffret (2010)
To the Shelves—article on the Passive Voice
CCMA on the Tussenkunsten museum art at home challenge
Elite Daily article highlighting the dishes/recipes I created for Leigh Bardugo's website (Shadow and Bone/Grisha) were higlighted by Elite Daily.