Author's Comment: Q: What's your daily writing routine like? A: Usually, when I get up in the morning, I take my dog for a run... I've found that it's really helpful to clear my head, and to focus myself. By the time I'm finished running, usually I have the first paragraph of what I'm gonna write that day mapped out - that's usually the hardest part for me, to get a little bit of momentum. So that way, when I sit down, I'm ready to go. I turn off my phone, I turn off my e-mail alerts, I turn off everything, and I just write for about 6 hours and then I'm totally brain dead. Usually, to unwind, on an average night, I love to cook. It's very hands-on and also mindless. I don't have to think - I can just zone out, watch TV, do something with my hands - it's very different from writing. Then I wake up the next day, and do it all over again.