Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? Writing is important to me because even through fiction there are elements of ourselves and our values, which can be challenging to convey otherwise. As a means of self-expression, it is important for someone who has always been more introverted. Writing for the reader is an art form open to interpretation and imagination.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? I set a timer and do not allow myself to get up until it goes off.

What is your favorite time to write? Early morning.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? That narrative nonfiction is a respected and effective means to impart information. The creative side of nonfiction is very exciting.

Kathleen M. Blasi's Hosea Plays On, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is out now with Sterling Children's Books.