Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I like writing about characters that face a variety of social challenges in their life. I think those are the types of characters that are the most interesting. The idea for In my latest book, FIRST, LAST, AND ALWAYS, started with the simple image in my head of a girl who was overweight, insecure, and desperate to experience love.
Initially, I pictured a love story, but as I wrote the book it evolved into so much more. It's also a story about friendship and family (two themes that I try to weave into all my books), and it's a story about unexpected surprises--good and bad--and how the unexpected shapes us in ways we never imagined.