When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid reader, as most authors are. Some of my favorites include Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith (hardcore Delena fan!), Twilight by Stephanie Myers, and anything by Edgar Allan Poe. I also love to camp, like pitch-a-tent-style camping. I enjoy playing video games too. I pride myself in training my pokemon. Pikachu is and always will be my favorite pokemon!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember very clearly. I was eleven and had discovered a fanfiction site. I love an anime called One Piece and wanted to write a story about my favorite character, Sanj, so I got out a green spiral notebook and wrote on my bedroom floor for at least an hour. My first story was four pages long. I still have that notebook tucked in a drawer in my room.
When did you first start writing and how did you decide on publishing?
I first starting writing when I was eleven. A year later, my 6th grade Language Arts teacher, who had read some of my short stories, asked if I'd ever considered publishing my work. That day changed my life forever. I kept writing and learning everything I could about grammar and, by eighth grade, I was ready to start looking for an agent to represent me. My senior year of high school, I wrote an essay on traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Up until then, I was completely against self-publishing. I'd only heard horror stories about it. After researching it for the essay, I was more open to it. I was intrigued by having more control over my work. Since then, I've really enjoyed my decision to self-publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I absolutely love the feeling I get of being so completely entranced in my writing that I don't notice two hours fly by. That feeling is the greatest feeling in the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I couldn't be where I am today without their support. I would be happy to sign anything for them or answer any questions they have about me or my writing. I owe them so much.
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