The first story I remember writing was an assignment in 1st grade about myself and a fictive pet mouse! I had to make illustrations too! But the first story that contained more than five words on every page was my own version of the fifth Harry Potter book that I wrote when I was about nine years old while I was waiting for the official book to come out!
What is your writing process?
It changes from story to story. Usually I write a few paragraphs or a few pages on paper and then I type it up on my computer and then I continue it from there. I always try to make the first draft as perfect as possible so I have minimal editing left when it is finished.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a toughie! I have read so many great books in my short lifetime but I'll try to come up with five that I think were exceptionally great! I have read many great series but it would be impossible to pick one favorite book out of them so I'll not include any book series! Roots by Alex Haley is actually a piece of faction about the author's family origins. It is about an African young man who gets caught by slave-traders and brought to America and his life from there and the following seven generations all the way forward to the author himself. While I was reading about the treatment of the African Americans I was filled with rage and sadness because of all the injustice that was done to them. So it really touched me in a lot of ways. This is why 'Roots' will always be at the top of my list of favorite books. Next I'll say Little Women by Louisa May Alcott! I grew up watching the cartoon and that was the reason I even read the book and I'm so glad I did. It was amazing! I love books like that one that can describe ordinary life in such a poetic and interesting way! J. K. Rowling has always been a big role model for me so of course she would be on this list. I think she's a great writer and hence I knew I just had to read 'The Casual Vacancy' when it came out, because she wrote it! But I was not disappointed! Unlike her Harry Potter series this book was about ordinary people in a small town and their lives were completely normal but still interesting. I think Rowling has a way of making all characters lovable and making her readers attached to them. I felt like I could read an in-depth description of every day of the rest of their lives without getting bored. You sympathize with the characters even though they are not necessarily likable! It is a brilliant book! Though I admit that I have not quite finished reading it yet I feel I must add it to the list. After reading only a few pages of Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' I fell in love with the writing style and the thought-provoking ideas of the characters. I just love it, I have nothing more to say! The fifth book is a book that I read only two months ago. It is so beautifully written and so interestingly tragic and lovely at the same time! I'm talking about 'The Book Thief' of course. I just love it! Simple as that! The special narrating style of the book is what makes it so great!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am making it my mission to read as many classics as possible and learn from them so I see them more as something I HAVE TO read. For pleasure right now I read the Percy Jackson series and the following Heroes of Olympus series both written by Rick Riordan! I have always been fascinated by mythology so that makes those books especially great for me! I am also reading the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling's penname).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really like e-reading. I prefer to hold the book in my hand. But some books I only have in epub-format so for e-reading I use an app on my iPhone!
Describe your desk
It's mostly covered with mess! Both old paper stacks and dinner plates because I have to eat and work at the same time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I know this is going to sound very unoriginal but my all time favorite author is J. K. Rowling! I also really love Oscar Wilde, Rick Riordan and C. S. Lewis. Let's leave it at that, I could go on and on.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember not writing. Even before I could write the alphabet I just scribbled some jibberish and pretending I was writing down stories. When I was young I used to buy notebooks for my pocket money instead of candy like most 'normal children'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is to see your thoughts and feelings turning into art on the paper.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a short story for an anthology that I am making with a couple of other writers. The money from the sale will go to charity!
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