like any relationship

I write a lot of different things, mostly because I go crazy when I stick with one story for too long. As a writer it's important that you don't limit yourself. I write a lot of YA supernatural fiction, but I write a lot of other things, too. And my favorite of the 21 novels I've written, Getting to Perfect, isn't supernatural at all. When you write as much as I do, it's more than just a hobby—it's a relationship. And like any relationship, it can get tired if you don't work at it. It's not just about variety, but also realizing that you're capable of so much more than you understand.

Everyone's heard the cliqued phrase "write what you know," but I think it's so much more than that. I knew nothing about shapeshifters when I wrote Legacy, yet I was able to create an entire world out of thin air. So obviously it's not about writing what you know, but perhaps instead writing what you can imagine. Your story's only as limited as you are...