Photo Credit: Larry Stritof

Photo Credit: Larry Stritof

The short version:

Skylar’s first story was a tale of romantic intrigue involving two feuding factions of squirrels. Think “Romeo & Juliet” but with bushy tails and added espionage. She was seven.

Since that time, Skylar’s head has been filled with lots of characters and lots of drama. She is delighted to be able to share some of it with all of you now, because, honestly, it was getting pretty loud and crowded in there.

Skylar is a born-and-bred New Englander, which is why Boston was a natural setting for her debut novel, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Skylar shares her home with a cardboard cutout of the Tenth Doctor, lots of Mardi Gras beads from the time she spent living in New Orleans, and a harp she’s supposed to be teaching herself to play. She’d like to get a dog.

 

The long version:

Skylar was born in Rhode Island and grew up on the same block where her mother grew up. That’s what Rhode Island is like. Skylar’s two little sisters all still live within four blocks of their parents, making Skylar the wanderer of the family.

Rhode Island is a tiny place, and no self-respecting Rhode Islander will drive more than twenty minutes willingly, and an hour’s drive tends to indicate that one should be staying overnight rather than trying to drive back in the same day. So when Skylar moved forty-four miles away to the city of Boston to attend college, it was really far away! But Skylar’s favorite book growing up was “Johnny Tremain,” and she was determined to live in Boston. (That book doesn’t seem to get read much anymore. It’s a book about a boy living in Boston during the American Revolution. It’s awesome, and it’ll make you love Paul Revere and Joseph Warren and John Hancock.)

Skylar has followed her career outside of New England, but still clings to her Rhode Island accent. It’s showed off to its best effect when she’s tired or angry or talking to her family. Be sure to allow her to demonstrate the fact that she pronounces “hear,” “hair,” and “here” exactly the same way.

Skylar collects old books about New England and Christmas tree ornaments. No, seriously, she has a Christmas tree ornament problem; tell her to stop buying them, she has more than enough. She has an entire cupboard full of different types of tea, a small but treasured DVD collection, and a beloved DVR. Cereal is her favorite food in the world, so much so that she has a strict rule that she can only have it for dinner a maximum of once a week. Ice cream is her other favorite food in the world. She’s not going to say how often she eats it for dinner, because she prefers to pretend she is a grown-up.

Skylar believes fiction should take you to a world that’s like yours, only better. The idea for THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS came to her in a dream, as some of the best ideas do. (Some of the worst ideas, too; the trick is figuring out the difference.)

Skylar is a proud member of OneFour KidLit, The BookYArd Writers, and A Game of Tomes.