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How did you get the idea for THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS?

Believe it or not, in a dream. I dreamed of a man walking into a Boston brownstone to find a blonde woman he’d never seen before asleep on his couch. It took me a long time to find the story associated with those two. It wasn’t until I focused on their daughter and shifted into Selkie’s head that the story solidified.

 

Are the places in THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS real?

The Boston places in THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS are almost all real. It’s possible to pinpoint the area where Selkie lives, and the stretch of Boston Common that she spends most of her time hanging out on. Cottingley is also a real place in England, where there was once a scandal involving faeries. As for the Otherworld, well, one can only guess whether or not that’s a real place. (I’m convinced there really are goblins on the T, however.)

 

Wait, a scandal involving faeries?

In the early days of photography, two girls in Cottingley took photos of themselves with paper cutouts of faeries. People thought the faeries were real, including some pretty well-respected people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and for a little while the Cottingley faeries swept the nation. Eventually, the girls admitted it had all been a hoax. (In THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS, I choose to believe it was real and the girls said it was a hoax in order to protect the faeries who call Cottingley their home.)

 

Are the people in THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS real?

Wellllll. Complicated question. Selkie and Ben and Kelsey and Safford are all completely fictional. As for Will, well, William Blaxton actually did found Boston. Or maybe it was William Blackstone. Will’s name has been well concealed in history. Which is just how he likes it!

 

Who are your favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling taught me how to plot. Aaron Sorkin taught me how to write dialogue. And Steven Moffat taught me to always have a blast while doing both.

 

What are your favorite books?

JOHNNY TREMAIN, by Esther Forbes. WATERSHIP DOWN, by Richard Adams. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, by J.K. Rowling. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, by Lewis Carroll.

 

What is your favorite movie?

GONE WITH THE WIND. I am convinced all modern fictional heroes fit one of two molds: Fitzwilliam Darcy and Rhett Butler.

 

Got any television to recommend?

More than you can imagine. If you check out my blog or my Twitter, I’m sure I’m talking about some of it. My all-time favorite television show is “The West Wing,” especially the first two seasons. And “Arrested Development.”

 

What about hot British actors?

Oh! Are you interested in hot British actors? You should have said much earlier. Be sure to check out my Tumblr for that.

 

Twitter, Tumblr, blog, is there any social media you’ve left unconquered?

Nope. You should like me on Facebook and follow me on Pinterest, too!

 

I’m visiting Boston! What should I do while I’m there?

Oooh, there’s so much to do! Stroll up and down Newbury Street, either window-shopping or popping in to shop some secondhand shops. If you’re there when the weather’s nice, sprawl with a book on Boston Common or the Boston Public Garden. See if there’s a free concert going on at the Hatchshell on the Esplanade for you to enjoy. Go to Harvard Square and spend some time at the cafes there, drinking in the atmosphere; buy a book in one of the many bookshops and take it to Harvard Yard and enjoy it. If the Red Sox are playing, go to a bar and cheer them on. Try to have dinner or brunch somewhere in the South End. Visit one of Boston’s fantastic art museums. And don’t forget the JFK Library and Museum, too.

 

Who drew the fabulous header on your website?

That would be my friend Noel, who is AWESOME in all ways and things and very talented with a pencil.