Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept…?
A: I’m an ideas-gal. I love to start with a big, weird, capital-C Concept. When I stumble across a world or scenario full of questions and potential, I start looking for the tension point: the moment or location or character that makes the story come alive. Once I have a general idea of what kind of world or situation I want to explore, the first line usually staggers in, fashionably late and slightly inebriated, and the story takes off from there.