When and how did you first notice that you had a talent for writing?
At the age of nine, I began my first novel, about a little orphan girl living in the American wilderness.  I frittered away my school years composing poetry and short stories, and my dream was to grow up and be a writer.  Well, I never did grow up, but the other half of my dream has come true.

How do you come up with ideas for your novels? And what inspired you to write WATERMIND?
We all share certain archetypal myths that help us make sense of our lives, and these themes inspire my fiction.  Current events give me specific story ideas.  While the conflicts and troubled economies around the world make me pessimistic at times, the astonishing pace of scientific advance gives me tremendous hope.  I believe our species is capable of greatness.  (more…)