How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Hi, Maya! I initially got the idea for Meg after doing bullet journaling myself — and following a lot of talented creators over on Instagram! The idea of Meg hiding codes — especially in the program of an engaged couple — was a lightning bolt inspiration moment!
Enjoyed the book, such an interesting premise. Thank you.
I wanna know will you be writing any paranormal books
Do you do calligraphy yourself and do you journal?
I do keep a bullet journal, though mine is much more minimal than what Meg creates! I don’t do calligraphy, but my mother did this when I was young. I’ve always been fascinated by handwriting.
What’s an example of a bullet journal? Is it simply bullet points with a few words, rather than lengthy descriptions? If so, I’m doing that.
Who inspired for you write this book.
I asked that too
Why do so descriptive ? Prolonged book.
I usually don’t have patience for long descriptive prose. But I didn’t find this long. Maybe because I appreciated the descriptions? i don’t know.
How did you come up with the idea of Meg thinking in letter types? I loved that she assigned typesets as personality traits of characters. Very interesting concept.
Same for me!
I have always felt that way about fonts but had never seen anyone else who felt like that or put it so perfectly clearly. I almost always think in words instead of images but the fonts convey so much of the image themselves
What is your interest in calligraphy, design and lettering?
I’m autistic and I noticed that Reid has a lot of autistic traits. Was that intentional? (Examples: noise sensitivity, stimming, special interests, routine, straightforwardness. His words/actions/expressions that seem unusual or are misinterpreted by others.)
I had a question along these lines as well
Excellent question. I was wondering this throughout the book and thought it was what made me enjoy the story so much.
I saw there was a big secret and thought that he’d tell her he was HFA.
I thought the exact same thing. When we found out what his real secret was, I was truly surprised.
I had the same thought. I expected to hear Reid had Asbergers.
I was wondering that too!
I also though he had autistic traits and while I didn’t want that to be his big secret because I enjoyed the plot twist I think that was a missed opportunity to include diverse characters and show love for people on the spectrum. I also Imagined him to look more like Henry Golding and less Captain John Smith.
100% … i think that would have been a great addition to the book.
I imagined him to look like Henry Cavill but with dirty blonde hair.
I absolutely agree. I also have psoriasis and the desire to remain covered felt true.
I don’t think Reid is autistic. I think he is highly highly gifted which can definitely mirror traits of autism.
I thought that was the secret boy was I surprised.
That is such an interesting point! It DOES make sense!
Who are your favorite authors when you were growing up.
I had too many to name! But when I was very young, I loved really big book series — Sweet Valley High, the Babysitter’s Club. I always liked stories that had multiple volumes!
Do you think your book would make a good movie script? I do!!
I actually think that it would be a good movie script but at the same time I don’t
I do agree. I feel like it would remain better as a book.
I would love to see LOVE LETTERING as a film, yes!
Me too!! I need to see the art!
I thought the same while reading and afterwards. It would be GREAT on screen.
What is the secret to the key of book ideas? Is there any thought bubble that gives you an idea?
For me, inspiration comes from lots of different places — there’s no one key. I just try to read a lot — everything from news articles to long form journalism to nonfiction books to novels. I try to be alert to different forms of culture/pop culture. Basically, I think that being open to the world around me helps me feel inspired!
This story is from Meg’s POV. I was wondering about Reid’s POV. We read about a lot of his traits but not what going on through his eyes. Why is that?
That would be a great ‘sequel’. I’d love this story from his POV
Are you more into numbers or letters?
definitely a letters gal!
What made you choose Reid to be the way he is? It’s along the lines of having Aspergers. Does she know someone like that?
Are you interested in letters like Meg? It seems like something I don’t notice as much as I should. I think I will be more cognizant of the beauty and creativity of signs and letters after reading this book. 😊
Why did you make Reid the character he is
Who did she relate to more Meg or Reid ?
I related more to Meg .
Probably a bit more to Meg, though I think I relate to Reid’s shyness, too!
Do you think writing more directly, like Reid, thus shortening the book, would have improved the pacing and ability for more readers to enjoy this story??
How do you do this without getting tired?
R u married?
Would ever consider writing a story about Sibby? I think it’d be interesting to see her side of the story leading up to the confrontation with Meg. We could see her side of the distance in the friendship and learn more about her romance!
What made you think of this book
How did you get interesting in Lettering?
What made you decide to write this book?
I would have love some illustrations in your book. Did you ever think of doing that with the book??
What inspired you to write this book?
Do you have a math genius in your life? Is Reid modeled on him/her?
I do not have a math genius in my life, not that I know of! But I am lucky to know a lot of smart people, and their passion and focus inspires me. I read a lot about mathematicians before I started writing, and that was inspiring, too.
Are you a graphic artist?
I am not, but certainly did a lot of research on fonts/lettering as I prepared to write this book!
what was your inspiration to write this book?
Did you graduate from College? Did you formally study at a writing program of which there are now many? Or did you solo it?
I would ask, “who would you cast as Meg and Reid for the movie version of this book?” I think it would be a shoo-in for at least a Hallmark movie, although they would need to edit the very sexy love scenes. And on that subject, I suppose I would ask why we needed the whole “I have trouble in bed” confession. was it supposed to show how open the two of them have become with each other? I didn’t think we needed to know quite so much about that aspect of their relationship. Leave a few things to the… Read more »
I think this would make a great Hallmark movie and I wondered about the “confession” also.
Did you start out to write a book about whistle blowing or did it just develop?
I liked the differences in the two main characters but wondered why you had Meg dressing like she did. It’s one thing to dress like an artist but something altogether to dress in cartoonish clothes.
It’s probably just because cartoonish clothes are fun? I wear that kind of thing all the time. There is no one way to “dress like an artist.” People can wear whatever they like as long as they aren’t symbols of bigotry.
Why that twist to the story about Reid was added to the story?
How did you become fascinated with fonts?
How did you come up with combing signs/planners and Wall Street together? Do you have a love for fonts? What started all this thought process? Was it a sign you saw or a person who does what Meg did?
I spent a good deal of time in New York before I wrote this book, and had done a lot of research on “ghost signs” in the city — so I knew where to look for a lot of them! Every walk Meg and Reid take, I took myself.
I would ask where she grew up. I was wondering if she was from Ohio like Meg (and myself!).
I am a native Ohioan!
Not a question, but I would want to see some of the designs Meg did for planners 🙂
Me too. Or at least a list of artists that the author follows Or is inspired by.
How much did you know about Meg and Reid’s personalities before you started writing the book and did they end up doing anything surprising that you weren’t planning on?
I love the book
What type of planner do you use?
I bullet journal, and I use a leuchtturm1917, dot grid, A5 size!
What was your inspiration for creating the characters Meg and Reid with their flaws and quirks. Particularly in the relationships they had with family & friends, then with each other.
I’ve been studying the signs and lettering in my small town since reading this book! Do you still do that, or have you moved on to another inspirational activity? 🙂
I still do look at signs, yes! Can’t wait until things are a bit safer so that I can be out there again!
Should we, as readers, have been able to “decode” Reid’s letter? I couldn’t see what he meant by number?
Great book! I’m already looking forward to the next one. Any plans for a series? I would love to see Meg expand her circle of friends in NYC.
Why did Reid have to be so extremely attractive? Would Meg have been as interested in a guy with the same personality if he was only average looking? Great storyline otherwise.
Do you really know of any companies that specifically deal with calligraphy designs?? I would not have thought that there would be a demand for that and I think it is so intriguing!
what do you love about writing books?
I read the Kindle version as I assume most of us did. Would we have seen more examples of font differences in the printed book? Now and then the Kindle seemed to try to show us a different font, but it was hard to see. Would you recommend reading the book in print instead of on Kindle?