A: When I went to college, I went in for journalism and the first year, I realized it wasn’t for me. … So I said to my parents, ‘OK, listen, I still want to write but I really don’t think that I want to be a journalist. Do you think I could change my major to English? Because I want to write for magazines or something like that.’ My parents said ‘no way, you need to have a degree that will make you some money. If you’re not going to do journalism, you need to find you something else that will give you a real career.’ So, at the time I was taking a class about relationships. I actually fell in love with the study of family and relationships, so when I was at that crossroad, I changed my major to family studies. Throughout the next few years, I really focused on couple relationships — marriage, dating, love, sexuality, the health of sexuality, health of relationships… When I got out of college, I did end up going to grad school right away to see if I would enjoy working in that field but there were no positions available. So, I ended up working at a mental health institution for a few years, which is really rewarding work but also really hard work. I was still doing writing on the side, but I wasn’t finding the passion at work. My husband was very supportive, and he was like ‘you love writing, why don’t you try making a go at it?’ So, I did. I started writing books and it was about two years of writing and submitting to contest, publishers and agents before I got my first contract in 2008.