Echo and Noah are both extraordinary characters--there's a real rawness and authenticity to them both. Where did they come from? Is there a bit of you in them?
I was actually free writing for another story when I found Echo’s voice. I loved her wit, but my heart also ached for her. She intrigued me so I continued to free write. Because of that, I soon met Noah.
When I write, I never consciously know that I put pieces of myself into my characters, but I discover it once I read the first draft. I’ve never put huge chunks of myself into them, but I do put pieces. Echo and Noah are not immune to this.
I was bitten by a dog in second grade and repressed the memory until college. I gave this experience to Echo.
I was very close to my friends growing up. In fact, they became my family. I gave this trait to Noah.
You handle the issues of abuse, trauma and the systems there to support their victims with real sensitivity, but also with a great deal of insight. How did you approach Echo and Noah's counseling and experiences?
I researched by reading articles and by talking to people who have had involvement with the subject matter whether professionally or personally.
Who would be your dream picks to play Echo and Noah in Pushing the Limits: The Movie? Let's say time travel's an option--anyone from anytime!
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to pick anyone to play Echo or Noah, but it is so much fun to see who my readers think should play them.
One of the things I loved most about Pushing the Limits was the love story. I mean, for many reasons, but I love the way you portrayed real love, not infatuation. It takes work, compromise and commitment. Was this something you deliberately set out to focus on?
I don’t think it was something I purposely focused on. I think it was just there. Echo and Noah could have just been attracted to one another, but they did fall deeply in love. The two battled against their trust issues and gambled on letting someone inside their heart.
In life, we’ll have people that we are infatuated with and there will be people that we love. From experience, real love takes those elements that you listed above: work, compromise, and commitment—from both people, not just from one side.
Can you tell us anything about what you're working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on revisions for DARE YOU TO, a companion novel to PUSHING THE LIMITS. DARE YOU TO follows the story of Beth, a secondary character from PTL.
Last one! Is there any one thing you hope readers will take from Pushing the Limits?
PUSHING THE LIMITS is a story of hope. I want my readers to know that regardless of the situation you find yourself in, there is always hope.