Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? I write because I can't imagine not writing. Writers hold up a mirror to the world and allows readers, myself included, to view life through someone else's eyes.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? Sit down in the chair and write. It doesn't matter if the words are good, bad or indifferent; bad writing can be fixed in the rewrites. But if you don't pick up that pen or bang on that keyboard, the negative voices in your head will win and you'll achieve nothing.

What is your favorite time to write? I am a morning writer, but basically, I can write anytime except at night.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Write to a schedule--discipline is far more important than inspiration. Writers write.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? The internet and social media have given me a chance to connect with readers all over the world. That's exciting, but can also be strange and rather scary.

Cheryl Arguile's Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice, written as Emily Blackwell, is out now with Berkley.