Ooh, I love naming characters. Emma Vaile has a rich ancestry which is integral to the plot, so I wanted a name that felt old-fashioned and New England-y. The same with her love interest, Bennett Stern. The secondary characters are more trial and error. Finding the right name for the right character and making sure I have a good mix of both common and unique names.
What was your road to publication like?
I started almost ten years ago by co-writing three non-fiction books with my husband, then we decided writing was way better than working and why didn’t we just become novelists? Yes, we were young and full of ourselves. But eventually I wrote Tales of a Drama Queen, which was published in 2004, then four more chick lit novels after that. Then while plotting Deception as an adult novel, I kept making the character younger and younger until I finally realized, “This is a YA novel.”
Hmm. I’m actually in love with so many YA authors right now. And living in Maine I don’t get to meet a lot of them. But I’ll go with the safe answer and say Jane Austen, because I’m sure she was wicked and charming.
Would you rather see Deception as a TV show or movie?
I think it would make a great TV show, thought it’s currently being pitched as a movie. But really, I’m just happy it’s a book.
Who would be your dream cast?
I love the model the publisher chose for the cover. Maybe she acts? Otherwise, I tend to like totally unknown actors who surprise you with how good they are.
What is one thing you can’t live without while writing?
My husband, Joel N. Ross, who will be making his YA debut next year with Egmont. He keeps me sane.
What’s next for you?
I just finished the revision for Betrayal, the sequel to Deception, and I'm about to start writing Possession, the third book in the Haunting Emma trilogy.
Thank you, Lee!