The first story that I ever wrote was a story that I titled "Jenny Rush," it was back when I was in Jr. High and was about a girl who was a secret agent and had to defeat a mob boss. It wasn't all that good and I would never show it to anyone now. It was still a fun story I think, for Jr. High kids at least.
What is your writing process?
My writing process mostly comes from dreams that I have or things I remember imagining up from when I was a kid. Basically I sit at my computer and in a way I talk to the characters of the story that I'm writing and my imagination just takes it from there. The only issue that I have is that sometimes my characters decide to change the story on me so I have to go back into my work and adjust it from there.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was seven years old. My first few stories were mostly simple or things that I had heard before but just changed a little bit. As I've grown up I've been able to develop my writing and also I learned about plagiarism, so its been a growth since seven years old. I've always enjoyed writing though, in fact I used to write so much in my classes that my teacher would have to take me notebooks away so that I wouldn't fail my class.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Utah, and yes that means I grew up Mormon. The influence that this had on my writhing was mostly that I thought I couldn't have any violence or sex in my stories. When I got out of my dad's house I discovered a whole new world of people and beliefs and that's where I was able to truly find my writing voice; through rebellion. I laugh about it now, but honestly that's what influenced my writing the most.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Disappearing into another world. I love going away with my characters into their world and letting them show me around. I love to write their stories because all these years the only thing that has been there for me when I was down was my writing and my art. It's a part of me and at times I feel like I was born to be a storyteller, I hope that my stories can bring the same joy I feel when I write them to my readers.
Describe your desk
Messy. A large white folding table where artwork and notebooks are scattered across the surface. Pens and pencils are available in any direction I reach, ready to write or draw anything I desire. Behind me is a large computer screen, my PC humming softly in anticipation for my rough drafts to be typed up.
How do you approach cover design?
Personally I talk to the artists in my family. Everyone in my family was raised to be one kind of creative or another. I talk to them and I tell them what I'm looking for and they are more than happy to help me out. I would try to do the design myself, my boyfriend tells me that I'm an amazing artist, but I don't have quite enough confidence in my art work yet to be publishing it to the world.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Maximum Ride by James Patterson This book was the first to inspire me to truly write and to put my soul into my work. 2. The Cleaner by Brett Battles An amazing book full of romance and action. There were points where I could not put it down; I was so filled with anticipation of what would happen next. 3. The Beyonders Series by Brandon Mull Yes, I know its a children's book. However its a wonder and enjoyable book for all ages! I could read this series over and over and never get bored of it. 4. The Sword of Truth Series by Terri Goodkind This series is amazingly complex and fantastic! I love the character development and the morals behind the story. 5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolken Who could forget this amazing series? Full of amazing character and a latching story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I read that had an impact on me was 'Maximum Ride' by James Patterson. I learned from reading that book that you can do anything with story, any writing style works so long as it interests the reader, and even if it doesn't as long as you are having fun writing; that's all that matters.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read fantasy books, they take me to another world and I love to discover and get to know all the characters. I've dabbled in Sci-fi books, but there's something about space that scares me so they don't particularly peak my interest.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know that it's hard to get out into the world and I'm hoping one day that I'll be able to quit my dead end job and live on what I love doing. I don't want to have to stand behind a cooperation and have deadlines because sometimes stories need a little time to rest. Another reason is that I'm a solitaire in my belief system so I'm used to standing on my own and getting done what needs to get done on my own.
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