Question: How did you decide to become a writer?
Answer: It was that or study to be doctor, and I really don’t like all that blood… But seriously: I love a good story—always have. When I was a little girl, I used to read Roald Dahl books way (way, waaaay) past my bedtime. When I got older, I decided to put my love of stories to good use. At first, I wasn’t very good at writing, but over time I got better. Bookstores and libraries are still my favorite places to go.
Q: Where did you get the idea for Double Vision?
A: Double Vision really started with Lincoln Baker (better known as Linc), the main character of the adventure book series. From the very beginning, Linc was very strong in my mind—sometimes I feel like he's telling his stories right in my ear! I was lucky to have amazing people on my team that helped me turn Double Vision into the great book it is today: my agent, editors, and even my husband helped me brainstorm ideas for the story.
Q: So is Linc a real kid?
A: I wish—he’s that much fun to hang out with! I still never know what he’ll do next. His friends Henry and Francoise, and even his double, junior agent Benjamin Green are just like real people to me. I hope that kids reading Double Vision feel the same way.
Q: What’s with all the codes and ciphers in your books?
A: I love a challenging puzzle and a good mystery. The codes Linc and Francoise have to solve in the first book were my way of having fun by adding some clues to solve.
Q: Is the Vault at the Paris bakery real?
A: Hmmmm, maybe it could be? There are many stories about top-secret warehouses that hold dangerous artifacts, and that’s where I drew my inspiration from. But the Maison du Megere is totally made up. The places Linc and Francoise visit on their quest across Paris are very real though: the Eiffel Tower, Pont Neuf, Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur. And so are the tunnels—but you’ll just have to read Double Vision to find out more about all that.
Q: George Washington wasn't really a spy, was he?
A: Actually, he was! He organized the Culper Ring, a group of spies who gathered intelligence to help defeat the British during the Revolutionary War. In Code Name 711, Linc finds out all about our first president's history as a spy, and the codes and methods the Culper Ring used. Spies go back hundreds of years...
Q: I want to be a writer! Do you have any advice?
A: Being a writer is the best job in the world (well, I think so anyway). Writing is a lot like playing an instrument or your favorite sport: you have to practice a lot before you’re good at it.
Have fun making up stories, and start a reading or writers group with some like-minded friends. Be sure to read lots of books—the best way to learn how to write well is to read books by authors you love.
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