Are prickly women and strong, beautiful, independent women the same thing? XOXO discusses this hot button topic with SIMPLICITY OF CIDER author, Amy E. Reichert. Check out Amy’s answers to our new True Confession questions after the jump!

True Confessions: Amy E. Reichert

Q: How do you prepare yourself to be creative? What’s your ritual?

A; I make sure I have coffee, a notepad and pen, and my computer. I like having pen and paper to brainstorm ideas before typing. It seems to give my brain permission to be more creative. I don’t know why it works, but I’m sticking to it.

Q What place is most conducive to working?

A: My office. Everything I need or could need is there.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to work?

A: I prefer to work when my kids are in school, that way I can focus on them when they get home. Otherwise, after my family is asleep. I can get a lot of work done at night.

Q: How do you take your coffee?

A: With an side of cow. Seriously, it’s an embarrassing amount of cream.

Q: What’s your go-to snack?

A; It depends if I’m being heathy or not. If I’m making good choices, I’ll have a handful of nuts. If I’m not, I’ll have a bowlful of Cheetos. Though I don’t snack too much while working because it gets crumbs on the keyboard.

Q: Who’s your favorite collaborator?

A: My editor, Kate Dresser. She always gets what I’m trying to do before I do. Plus, I can show her the worst draft and she’s contractually obligated to help me make it better.

Q: What do you do most often to procrastinate?

A: The internet in general. If it’s a bit of light procrastination, then Twitter or Instagram is a nice distraction. If I want to go down the procrastination rabbit hole, I’ll head to YouTube—usually starting with the James Corden Carpool Karaoke—Broadway video with Lin-Manuel Miranda. After that, I’m gone for hours.

Q: What’s your dream project?

A: I really want to write a Hallmark movie—preferably a Christmas one.

Q: What have you learned from failure?

A: The only way past it is through. If I keep working, eventually a better solution will come to me.

Q: What do you hope your creative legacy will be?

A: That when people want a book that will give bring them comfort or the warm fuzzies, they’ll turn to one of mine.

Q: What’s your best trick for overcoming a creative block?

A: I start brainstorming on pen and paper. If that doesn’t work, I’ll take a drive, walk, or shower, then come back to the paper. It hasn’t failed me yet.

Q: What’s your favorite romantic book?

I really love ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell. It’s sweet, funny, and impeccably well written.