How do you pronounce your name?

It rhymes with “dough.”

What did you do in the Air Force?

I was an Intelligence Officer for five years, which sounds sexier than it really was. I was an analyst, which meant I read a lot of what was going on in whatever region I was supposed to focus on, and then I tried to discern what would happen next. It was a bit like being a fortune teller, without the cool scarves and Tarot cards.

What languages do you speak?

English, German, Japanese, and some Russian. With each new word of German, I seem to forget a Russian word.

What sorts of books did you love the most when you were a teenager?

I read anything I could get my hands on. I spent my early teen years in Bahrain, and our library was designed more for sailors than teen girls. I read any and all fantasy and sci-fi I could find, plus some historical fiction and some classics. For some reason, I avoided anything contemporary or too-real, and I still tend to be this way. I also read loads of nonfiction books on anthropology, the ancient world, and foreign cultures.

Is The Fire Wish the first book you’ve written?

I wrote another book. It was historical fiction instead of fantasy, and set in New Zealand.