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If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I used to want to live in Middle Earth, but after watching Peter Jackson’s movies I’ve decided people there don’t bathe enough to suit me. So I think I’ll go with Hogwarts, but only if I could be a wizard. It would kind of suck to be there as a Muggle.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
I wanted to write and direct my own movies. I was bossy and liked to make up stories, so it seemed like a good fit for me at the time. I obviously never outgrew my love for stories, but I’m definitely not Hollywood material.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There are pieces of me in each of my characters; I think that’s what brings them to life on the page. I wish I were more like Watcher, but I am probably most like the protagonists of the two humor pieces I’ve been working on lately. One is a sarcastic art teacher with commitment issues, and the other is an anal-retentive accountant with a dry wit. Basically I’m a worrier with a sense of humor. I make it work.
What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
To borrow from Green Day: don’t let your doubts be someone else’s point of view. Be willing to make changes to your work, but only if it fits with your style and what you are trying to accomplish.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I adore Capote; his metaphors are to die for. Tolkien was a genius; The Hobbit is what sparked my love of fantasy. I also like Stephen King; Needful Things and the Green Mile were stories that really stuck with me, long after I finished reading them.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’d love to meet Mother Theresa. She had this brilliant way of putting things into perspective in addition to being one of the most selfless people of all time. There would be a lot to be gained from a conversation with her.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms. I’m always in the mood for chocolate.
I love baseball. It’s a game of strategy and statistics, it has a rich history, and there’s always a chance to come back from behind and win, no matter the score. Plus there’s the peanuts and Crackerjacks.
Action or Drama?
Action. I don’t care if the stunts are so unrealistic it insults my intelligence, I’d much rather watch something blow up than watch someone cry.
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Audra's love of writing began in the third grade, when she was chosen to go to a young
author’s conference based on a story, The Dragon Cookie, which she wrote about a giant
cookie that comes to life. She continued writing, and was sometimes asked to write
stories for friends as birthday gifts.
Audra went to college thinking she would go into journalism, but opted to go into
publishing instead, and even took an internship at Yale University Press. Audra married
right after college and was unable to find a publishing job where they were living in
Seattle. Audra took an office job. After helping put her husband through law school,
Audra went back to school and got her teaching degree. Audra enjoyed teaching, but
once her oldest was born, she chose to stay home. At the encouragement of friends Audra
started writing again, the result being her first novel, Watcher, releasing January 2013.
Audra and her husband with their three boys, now live in a small town in eastern Washington. They have a black Lab named Benji who eats shoes, gophers and packages left on her front porch (thanks Fed-Ex). When Audra is not chauffeuring and refereeing her children, she writes, dabbles in on-line shopping and plays Texas Hold ‘Em with her friends.
What do you guys think of Watcher? Audra seems like such a lovely person and I am so glad I got to interview her for the tour. I agree with having to be a wizard. It would suck just to be a Muggle.