I honestly don't have a desk. Man do I wish I did! I just write wherever and whenever I can. Most times I write at school if I finish something in class before others do. Other times I go into school early since I don't have a first class and I sit in the library and write where it's nice and quiet. Sometimes I write at my dining room table before dinner and have papers and pens and pencils everywhere and I have to frantically clean up before dinner. It's a little insane. I just write whenever inspiration strikes me, and if I'm in the middle of class, or sitting outside somewhere, so be it. (:
When did you first start writing?
I think the first time I really started writing was when I would get bored and somehow come up with a poem. I was never really good at writing papers and creative things until high school, but the poetry came around middle school. I have one of those poems supposedly published in some random thing somewhere, I have no idea what it's called or anything like that, but it's kinda cool knowing it's out there somewhere and people are reading it.
So I guess the answer to this question would probably be that I started writing around middle school, and then again around high school when I gave up on the poetry and went for the short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I don't really have a book going right now, unless you count the book of short stories on my Wattpad, and this really stupid one I started writing as a joke with one of my friends, called The Reasons I Hate Sharon Fraser.
The Reasons I Hate Sharon Fraser is exactly what it sounds like. It's literally the reasons I hate Sharon Fraser. But in reality, it's not the reasons I hate her, because I actually love her. She's my best friend, and we write the book together. But right now it literally has more reads then anything else I have out there on my Wattpad.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It actually hasn't yet, because I just started this page not very long ago. Sorry Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is probably the fact that I can make other people happy with things that I think up, and I love doing it. Writing has been a savior to me for years, especially in the past two years, and I honestly don't think I could ever give it up. Even writers block can't bring me down ;)
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans (however small of a number that may be) mean everything to me! I know I really don't have that many because I'm still young, and I haven't gotten anywhere, but they mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
Next I am probably just going to be working on more short stories. I am in the process of two right now, one of them that might be posted but only if I think it comes out good!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors at the moment are John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jodi Picoult.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a lot that inspires me to get out of bed every day. Things are really hard for me right now. But one thing that does get me out of bed is knowing that I will be able to write and escape my world a little bit more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about what I am going to be writing next, reading, or finding more writing prompts for when I have writers block!!!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I only read ebooks when they're on Wattpad tbh, and I find them by looking for things that I know I will like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do actually, and it was never posted because it is seriously the most embarrassing thing ever. It's really not awful, because it's a fanfiction, but I wrote it even before I knew what a fanfiction was, which is why it's more embarrassing to me. Plus it was so bad because I had horrible grammar, and to this day I cringe whenever I think about it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a bit weird. Currently all it is is going on my google docs and opening the page full of prompts that I have because I can't think of much of anything on my own. Then I try to imagine what I want that particular story to be about, and write a rough outline of it without going into much detail. And then I think of how I can begin in, and once I get there, everything else comes easy! I write out the story, then I read through it to fix spelling, grammar, or parts that just do not sound right. And then when it's perfect, I post it!
How do you approach cover design?
This is a tough one. This is always the hardest part for me. Since I post everything on Wattpad, I always put my username and the title of the book on it. And then I have to think about what it's about. And I usually pick a theme that's represented in the book, or a central image and find something that relates to that somehow. It's a terrible process actually.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is so hard!! Okay. 1. My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This is because it has such a strong central image. It's about fighting for what you believe in, about loving someone so much that even though what they want breaks your heart, you'll do it anyway. And it's about a sister's love so strong she is willing to die to save her sister.
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman I love this book because it really shows you that everyone has to make hard decisions, and just like you, everyone has trouble figuring out what to do. It's an amazing love story, and it really shows you just how perfect the kind of love people have is to them. I want a love like Adam and Mia's one day.
3. Paper Towns by John Green Paper Towns is such a good book because I feel like in some ways, everyone can relate to it. I can because I have been in love with/had a crush on someone that didn't feel the same way back to me, and that happens in the book. It makes you feel connected to people. It's also an amazing adventure story, and I just love it. I also love John Green more than should be normal for a person to love an author, so there's that too. 4. Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand This book is AMAZING because it shows how messed up of a world we really live in. Adults sleeping with minors is just disgusting in my opinion, but in this book it sort of just fits, and it's a scandal, and I love scandals. This book also shows that people have to make hard decisions in the midst of a tragedy, and it shows that things happen sometimes that no one wants, and you have to find a way to deal with it.
5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire And this book!! This book is the perfect mix of everything that I love in a book. Bad boys, secrets that can change lives, and a love so strong and so real that it makes me want to cry for the kind of love I feel I will never have. *sigh* why can't I be Abby?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything. (just not werewolf or vampire books. Yuck. Sooo over that craze)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cellular device ;)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town. I don't really think it influenced my writing that much, except maybe the school that I went to, everyone knows everyone, and everyone grew up together. When I got to middle school, there was more towns mixed in, but I grew to learn who everyone was, and now I know everyone. High school is hard, but that's what everyone told me. I love it.
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