He also shared with fans a fun little story about the first encounter he had with the Napoleon Dynamite and Bones actress:
Back in 1996, I received an email from a 11-year-old asking me questions about my first novel, RATS SAW GOD, that had come out that year. The girl was doing a book report, and she'd gone the extra mile by tracking me down. One of her questions was, "What do you want to do next?" I replied that I was hoping to transition into the TV and film business. She responded that she'd done some film work herself.
A girl with big dreams of being an actress! How sweet! I thought to myself. I should say something encouraging!
I figured she'd been an extra in a friend's short film, or something along those lines, I wrote back asking her, politely I hoped, what movies she'd been in.
"Waterworld," she wrote. "Corrina Corrina. When a Man Loves a Woman."
She was very sweet, though. She told me I should keep chasing my dreams.