Interview with Destinee P.

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in fourth grade. I started a book where my friends and I were super heroes and we went around saving the day while also going through school. The chapters were never longer than a page and a half, and if I remember correctly, I had gotten to well over forty chapters--which isn't a lot. I wish I could show my first story to everybody, but I sadly have never found it again.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Stray Cats, is about a girl, Ember, who is a dancer at a club. The dancers are called Stray Cats and their costumes fit the titles seeing as they have cat tales and painted on whiskers and ears--but these girls are not normal. They're werewolves. Ember meets Declan, Alpha of the Silver Creek pack, and discovers that they are mates. But Ember has never wanted a mate. She sees herself as forever independent. Different challenges come about and slowly but surely Ember has choices to make. Whether to be with her best friend Kale or her destined mate Declan is her biggest choice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is losing yourself in your words. You have free reign to write whatever you want about whatever you like. I like that, when I write, I can lose myself in another character, another life. I get to be somebody else, and I get to choose what happens. It's my own world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them, I don't think I'd have the motivation to write as much as I do for one story. Before I joined Wattpad, my stories never made it past chapter one. I was constantly starting over with a whole new story, a whole new plot. But when I posted on Wattpad, I slowly got fans who were interested in what I wrote and so I continued to write. That is how Stray Cats came to be where it is today. It isn't finished yet, but with the continuous motivation from my fans, it'll get there.
What are you working on next?
After Stray Cats, I'll be working on my next book which is the first book to the Fairmont View series. It's yet another werewolf series, but this time our main character is in trouble. She's been threatened by her previous Alpha who holds a secret only she knows--and he wants her dead. So she leaves to the town Fairmont View, a small place in the middle of nowhere and starts over. There, she finds her mate. But she chooses not to go to him because then, if her old Alpha were to find her, he could use her mate against her. But she struggles constantly throughout the book: resisting the temptation of the mate who knows there's something peculiar about her and hiding her identity so that nobody could ever track her down.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Richelle Mead and Nicholas Sparks. Richelle Mead wrote my absolute favorite series The Vampire Academy. I love Nicholas Sparks work because I have a soft spot for a good romance book. His words flow just beautifully. He's a big inspiration to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I'm a huge bookworm that can never seem to read one book at a time. If I get to a slow part in one book, I'm jumping into another story until I get to another slow book. I book hop a lot. But whenever I'm not reading or writing, I'm listening to music.
What is something you plan on writing in the future?
In the future, after Stray Cats and Fairmont View, I plan on writing a series called the Five Senses. That's all I'm going to tell you right now.
How do you approach cover design?
While I don't design my own covers, I do normally have a picture in mind, something that will clue readers in and make them want to read the story. I like for the covers to be something that make people say, "Hey, that's interesting. What's this about?"
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like to read on my phone a lot but sometimes I use my Kindle. It's rare if I read things on my laptop.
Published 2014-03-29.
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