Q: What was the inspiration behind this story? The inspiration behind my story was this wardrobe that was in my room when I was a child. Its left door would never fully latch, and I had friends tell me they could hear hangers rattling around in there in the middle of the night.
Q: Please tell us about your main character. Rose is rather self-absorbed and desperate to fit into what she perceives as her proper role.
Q: Which is your favorite minor character and why? This is a tricky one. I don’t know if I really have a favorite. I think Violet is the most interesting minor character.
Q: What is your favorite personality trait of your main character? Her determination.
Q: Were you surprised by the behavior of any of your characters or the direction of your plot at any point while writing? I don’t know if I was surprised. I know that the ending was the most difficult to come up with. I pitied Rose, and in a way, I didn’t want anything bad to happen to her.
Q: Please share a few favorite lines or one paragraph. “She couldn’t imagine being alone in the dark, the wardrobe looming over her, its door creaking, hangers rattling. Anything could sneak up on you in the dark when you closed your eyes. Anything.”
Q: How long did it take you to write this book? To write the initial story, probably about 2 years.
Q: Tell us about your cover art and how it pertains to your story. The depiction of Rose on the cover is surreal and dreamy, sort of the state she is in through much of the book.
Q: Is there an underlying theme in your book? The sin of omission. I believe this is something many people don’t pay attention to, that people don’t seem to realize is equal to the sin of commission. Because it is an omission, we tend to let it slide and act as if we could do nothing different, that we didn’t really do anything wrong.
Q: Fiction can often provide powerful life lessons. What message do you hope readers get from your book? You are required to act, even if you are afraid, even if the consequences could be dire.
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