Interview with Isabel Burnett

When did you first start writing?
Well,the first time that I remember writing stories, I was about 6. I was on my grandparent's computor and wrote a rather lame rhyme. It is embarrassing, thinking back on it, now.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Um... When I'm not writing, I guess that I am watching TV, chilling with friends or playing video games.
What is your writing process?
Well, first, I think of what I want to happen in the book or story, generally. For example,how it ends, or little bits that i want in the middle. Then,I will write through each chapter, thinking of good ways to help lead you to the climax and down to the conclusion. I mostly wing it, though. I am not good at third person, so I mostly do first person perspective writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, first I get a picture just how I want it. Then, I try and find the most visually appealing position for the title and my or the author's name. It must always sort of describe the perspective and style of the book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little town in Utah called Roosevelt. I think that Utah, being such a religious state, influenced me to not swear or write anything inappropriate. I do have some moments in my books that are a little bit awkward, a person falling, accidentally dragging someone else down who falls on top of the first person. However, I think that that is just something that is in life and if you can't handle it in a book, if it happens to you, you won't be able to handle it, then. I'm not saying to go looking for those awkward moments, I'm just saying that you need to be prepared.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It all takes place in the near future. Well, a boy comes from a family that was once very closely knit and happy until the mother dies. The boy, Sylas Locke, runs away, pursuing a scholarship that he was awarded for outstanding grades and performance. When he gets there, he decides that school may not be right for him. He buys a home there, anyways and with extra money, he purchases an android. It just sort of follows them through their crazy lives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think that I can let out emotions easier than almost anything else when I write. I also have a wild imagination and I want credit for my ideas, rather than asking an experienced author to take a swing at it.
If you earned a lot of money from your writing, how would you spend it?
I would pay for my family's mortgage, help pay bills, etc. But, if there was any left after that, I would get singing lessons and a Kindle Fire HD X and a new lap top and computer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Um, to try and hang out with my friends. And, in the mornings, my stomach grumbles a lot. Yup, food and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I think of what I am in the mood for and then, i type in something small. Like, if I want to read about Vampires, I type in vampires. I also type in the genre that I am in the mood for, when option #1 doesn't work.
Published 2014-07-16.
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