Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone--this can be good but it can also be bad. For an "outsider" kid who came to a town full of established families that had their roots planted centuries ago, it was bad. I was generally rejected by my peers and shunned even more so for not fitting into the "normal kid" mold. This sent me retreating even more so into myself and when I did, I discovered a world of vast imagination. As I sat in noisy cafeterias, stuffy classrooms and chaotic assemblies, I dreamed of a place where all these "normal," beautiful kids who gathered around me in torment would actually look the part! And I imagined my insides reflecting my outsides, so much so that I became beautiful. When things were particularly bad and my suffering was at its peak, I'd dream that I could just fly away from all the bullies and the cheerleaders and their cruelty--I'd fly up through the clouds and as I did, I'd be stripped of all the things I hated about myself. That was the inspiration behind "Whole in the Clouds" and it ultimately became the story-line for the book as well.