1.) How do you get published?
Most sought after answer ever. Well, wanna know the number one way? Finish something. I know it sounds easy, but writing is such a solitary experience we can often get bogged down with the minutia and never end up finishing anything. Write, write it all, write every line. THEN go back and edit, send it to a group, what have you. Then its just polishing and persevering.
2.) How long have you been writing?
I say as long as I could operate a pencil, but before that I would even tell stories to my little sister (or anyone that would listen).
3.) How do you balance editing and writing?
Its always hard to do this. And honestly, sometimes I don’t have a good balance. But once you go cross-eyed reading, take a break.
4.) What authors influence you the most?
Holly Black, JK Rowlings, Jonathan Stroud and countless others.
5.) Do you have hobbies outside of writing?
Oh yes. I drown in hobbies! I love to get crafty and make plushies. And I cosplay.
6.) How long does it take to write a book?
It really depends on the characters and story. I have had short stories burst the seams and turn into epic tales and what stared out as epic tales wrap up in short story length. However long the project takes to compete is how long it takes. Never give yourself a time limit out side of actually finishing it. Let your story evolve naturally.
7.) Do you write the beginning then go all the way to end?
Oh no. I am an Organic writer. I write the middle first usually, sometimes the end. Then I write scenes here and there and then go back and sew it all together. Efficient? Not on your life. But its how I work best.
8.) How do you deal with writer’s block?
It doesn’t exist. Its an excuse to not write. If you can’t think of what to do next in a project, take a break and write something else. I always have multiple projects going at a time so maybe that is why I don’t think WB is real.
9.) Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere. I still have the imagination of a 5 year old and daydream all the time; used to get me in alot of trouble at school.
10.) Are your characters based on people you know?
I take aspects from people I know and incorporate them. Like attitudes and the like. But I also take direct quotes from people and conversations I overhear. I get alot of inspiration from my friends (who are also all creatives) and I have warned them that if they notebook comes out, whatever came from your mouth is getting written down. I get teased about it but no one seems to really mind.
11.) When did you choose to become a writer?
I didn’t. I was just something I always did. I am never without a notebook and I am constantly writing in them. I use Canson’s Lined Journal and I fill it up in a month (sometimes half a month).