Goodreads asked Debra Dockter:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Debra Dockter The best thing about being a writer is not exploding! Okay, maybe I should explain. People have all kinds of emotions. For writers, there are always stories running around in our minds. Those stories come with characters who have emotions. So we've got all the emotions from our own life experiences and the emotions that come to us when we're imagining different scenarios with our characters. That's a lot of emotion! Writing gets them out. And even better, writing allows other people, complete strangers, to feel those same emotions with you. It's like being able to reach out and connect to people I'll never meet in person. It's magic.

There's a scene in Deadly Design that always makes me cry, no matter how many times I've revised it or read it. Hopefully when people read that particular scene (here's a hint -- it's during a high school graduation), they'll shed a tear too and somehow it will be like I've shared a moment with every reader. Like we've all been touched by the moment Kyle, the sixteen year old who has lost his twin, finally feels a connection to him. And we'll all feel a connection to each other.

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