I really enjoy when readers ask me questions, and I have a lot of fun answering them. If you have a question for me – don’t hesitate to reach out and ask it. Twitter and Facebook are great venues for asking me things, or you could email your questions too!
One thing I like to do in FANnigans (my little Facebook group for “fans”, get it? Hannigan…FANnigans…yeah) is keep an open discussion for questions. Here are some questions that have been asked recently there (and a few from other places as well):
Q: How did you get your characters names from in Damaged Goods and Reckless Abandon?
A: Everly, Aubrey, and Grayson were leftover from my “baby name list” when pregnant with my boys. The other names I just kind of threw in while I was writing and they stuck. One of the characters was very difficult to name, and I spent forever trying to come up with a name that encompassed a lot of meaning. We’ll talk more about that when Reckless Abandon comes out though. 😉
Q: What type of things move you? Emotionally or intellectually?
A: Good music and good novels always move me emotionally and intellectually!
Q: How many tattoos do you have and what made you get those particular ones?
A: I have seven right now. My first ever tattoo is a rose on my stomach – I got it to represent inner beauty (and because I’m secretly obsessed with Beauty and the Beast). My second tattoo was a Celtic ankh on my wrist that I later got covered with a massive owl that starts at the bottom of my wrist and almost goes up to my “ditch” or whatever they call that inner elbow part. I covered it because the Celtic ankh was done poorly and I chose the owl because it’s one of my favorite animals, plus it represents wisdom. I have a terribly done sun and moon tattoo on my back that I WILL be covering up as soon as possible (it looks like a child’s drawing). I have a butterfly and flower on my right foot, and Max from Where the Wild Things Are with my son’s name and birthday on my right forearm. I have a skull with an ink pot and feather on my left calf; the ink pot and feather represent my love for writing and the skull is just bad ass. Finally, my latest addition is Jack and Sally (from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas) making out on a gravestone. I’ve always loved Nightmare Before Christmas and I’ve always related to Sally, as I’m “stitched up” too. Jack and Sally is kind of for Matt and me, but mostly for me. 😉 I have more planned for the future too.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve? Guilty pleasure?
A: I have a lot of pet peeves. When people promise they’re going to do something and then they don’t is probably my biggest one. Reading is definitely my guilty pleasure. I could loose myself in a book for hours. 😉
Q: Day or night?
Q: Forest or lake?
A: This is Canada…both. 😉
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
A: On the family lake in a house that overlooks it.
Q: Did you always want two boys?
A: I didn’t really have a gender preference, but I thought having one of each would have been cool. I’m totally happy with two boys though, especially after seeing my nieces in action! 😉
Q: How does it feel knowing so many people love your books and think you are amazing?
A: It’s really, really strange…but in a good way! When I published Collide, I didn’t imagine the reach or the way it would be received by readers. I definitely never imagined anyone would think I was amazing or cool or anything like that. I’ve never really been described as “cool” before. “Socially awkward” and “odd”, sure.
Q: Why is the sky blue?
A: Pretty sure this is an answer for Science!
Q: What’s your favorite movie? What are some of your other favorites?
A: I don’t have an all-time favorite, really. I have a bunch of movies that I thoroughly enjoy and would watch again, but I can’t really remember them all to name them. I mostly just stick to recently enjoyed movies that I would enjoy again…and they are: Jurassic World, The DUFF, Jupiter Ascending, Maleficent, and The Longest Ride.
Q: Was there a real life inspiration for Jax?
A: Physically? Yes…Jason Momoa was my “physical” muse for Jax. But the character itself; no, Jax wrote himself basically. I think that’s what makes him so great!
Q: If you could sit down with any author, who would you choose and why?
A: J.K. Rowling. Her Harry Potter series got me through so much crap when I was a kid. I escaped into her book after multiple surgeries and any time I needed a “break” from my life.
Q: What was the inspiration for Collide?
A: In high school, we had a hot young male teacher. He didn’t get with any students, but we all liked to blatantly flirt with him because teenage girls are infamous for being dicks like that. I always thought it’d be cool to write a story about the what ifs… 😉
Q: What’s next?
A: On September 15th the first book in the Damaged series, Damaged Goods releases. The Damaged series is an all new book series with different characters. Eventually, the Damaged series and the Collide series will “meet up”, but you won’t NEED to read all of the Collide series novels to understand the Damaged series.
Here’s a little blurb for Damaged Goods:
Everly Daniels can’t seem to fall out of love with Grayson Dixon.
Five years after locking eyes with him, Everly is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He has a pull on her that she can’t seem to break, even if she wanted to. Grayson may be the love of her life, but he doesn’t make it easy. He has built walls around himself that only Everly can breach. But Grayson knows he is not the good guy. He is reckless and careless, and even if Everly brings a little color into his life, he worries he will destroy her, and cares too much to let that happen.
She has always been the shy wallflower who is afraid to participate. But senior year, all that is about to change.
This captivating new adult novel will take readers on a riveting journey of emotion and growth.
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On November 15th, the final Collide series novel, Collateral, will release and January 15th, 2016 the second book in the Damaged series, Reckless Abandon, will release. So, three brand-spanking new books within five months of each other. I think that will please the masses a little bit.