Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I was taking a novel writing course and was just to the point of deciding what I wanted my novel to be about. We had to make a flowchart type drawing of things we love and things we hate and then just let it go for a few days for our muse to kick those things around. After two days, I had a very vivid dream about someone sneaking up to a chicken house, with 25,000 chicken inside, and opening the door to try to let the chickens go free! I knew when I woke up that this was going to be the heart of my novel, since I have very strong feelings about how wrong it is to raise animals in factory farm settings. Of course, I had to throw in a little romance and some other social issues while I was writing. It was writing that came straight from my heart.