1. My favorite author of all time is Lemony Snicket (aka: Daniel Handler) because he was the first person who showed me how amazing reading could be. I love his fun, snarky writing style and I love A Series of Unfortunate Events.
2. Shakespeare- okay technically he wrote plays and sonnets, not books, but just roll with me here. Shakespeare had a way of understanding people, he captured the human condition in a way that is still relevant even now, hundreds of years later. His plays make me laugh, they make me cry, but most of all: they inspire me. Plus, his insults are FANTASTIC.
3. Jennifer L. Armentrout- This woman is an amazing writer with books that are captivating from the first page to the last. She is the queen of romance and can write a smoking hot male lead that will make you swoon. Her sizzling stories of love and adventure just about make up for the lack of those two things that I have in my life. I've absolutely loved everything that she's ever written. In fact, I have a reocurring nightmare that there is a natural disaster going on, but I refuse to leave my house without the Lux Series by my side, go figure.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have this dream that inspires me whenever I have to do something I really don't want to do, like get out of bed in the morning. It's a bookstore, MY bookstore, the one I hope to open one day. It's going to be homey, with windowseats and comfy armchairs for people to sit on and spend the whole day with a good book, and it will have a cute little café in it that serves hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls year round, and have a resident cat. This dream, of owning my own bookstore, is the thing that gets me up in the morning.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ironically, I used to HATE to read. Back in kindergarten, trying to get me to read for school was like pulling teeth, I just wasn't interested. Until one day, when my dad brought me home a copy of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning. I fell in love with the story of the Baudelaire orphans and I fell in love with reading. All of the sudden, something that had once been so tedious to me was now my favorite thing to do. Each time I finished a book, my dad would surprise me with the next book. Pretty soon, I had devoured the whole unfortunate series, but I was hungry for more. It's funny to think that one book can change your whole outlook on reading, but it's true. So, if you're reading this Lemony Snicket, thank you!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A little while ago, I found an awesome booklover club called bookbub. It's really easy to join, you just give them your email and tell them what kind of books that you like and they send you an email everyday of ebooks that are on sale. I probably have hundreds of them just waiting for me on my Kindle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Books are such a huge part of my life. When I'm not writing them, I'm usually reading them. My whole life revolves around words and paper.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a little hectic and unorthodox. First, I get the idea (usually from one of my funky dreams) and I sit down and just write my heart out until I eventually lose steam and stop writing alltogether. Then I get another idea and the whole viscious cycle starts all over again. Eventually, when inspiration strikes again, return to my old stories and finish them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Suburbia, in a sheltered little Mormon neighborhood, and I guess that's why I like to branch out with my writing and explore the strange and exciting.
Describe your desk
My desk can most easily be described in one word: chaotic. It's small and cramped, with about a million random things shoved into the drawers. My laptop shares the space with a bright pink lamp, a little garbage can full of pens, and a kitten calendar, but somehow I still get work done.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about two people with insomnia that meet and decide to have crazy adventures together during the night since they can't sleep. They end up falling in love, but an unexpected tradgedy rips them apart. Flash florward ten years and they meet again, under different circumstances and girl is forced to choose between the life she left behind and the one she's worked so hard to create.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is creating the characters. Molding their personalities, discovering their hopes and dreams, giving them challenges to overcome and grow from. You have the unique chance to step into someone else's shoes and see what it's like to BE them, if only for a little while. It's incredible.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was eight or nine, my dad gave me a typewriter and I fell in love instantly. I spent all of my time pecking away at the keys, and it thrilled me so much that I started writing passages from books and dictionaries, just so I could have something to write. When I got bored with that, I tried writing my own story. It was a silly little short story about a hitchhiking cat and dog, that I never finished, but it was a start. After I started writing, I couldn't stop.
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