Interview with L. A. Ong

When did you first start writing?
I'm not much of a story writer at first. My first works are feature articles and other technical writings. My very first story was written when I was a 3rd year high school (Junior). Since then, I've been writing stories though some of it are missing and some are crappy and full of childish stuff. But I'm all proud of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a place where writing is compulsory yet unappreciated. That writing is just a proof of literacy so i'ts not discouraged yet at the same time, it's not encouraged too. I've been taught to be practical. But the thing is I always had a hard time expressing. That as if my words cannot be heard by others and when they does, it always goes the other way of what i intended it to be. That my thoughts won't fit in my words when I spoke. That's why I ended up being a writer. To be able to express my thoughts in the most ingenious way possible.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Passion. That at the end of the day, it won't matter how much money you have in your pockets but if you have done the things that you are passionate about. I don't write for the sake of money, though as a writer it's our means of earning but we didn't write because of it. I decided to become an author because there are thoughts in my head that needs to get out and be written. That's what I am passionate about. Turning those thoughts into words.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I'm only starting. I have yet to seen it but just to inform you I feel like I am on a hot seat because of this interview. That contributes on my verbal reasoning skill.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To express something so great that only writing can able to to translate it. That sometimes we fell short when we speak yet when we write we're able to put the right words in our radical thoughts.
What do your fans mean to you?
My supporters. That whenever I feel insignificant of the books that i have written, I can find someone who loves them.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien is my number one idol. I'm always fascinated on how he have created a different world on his book and how he managed every aspects of the story. The creation, adventures and etc. I appreciate how he had spend his life working to make his story come alive. As of other genres, I'm fond of John Green for Y.A. and Harper Lee for classics. David Levithan is my hero on romance. I found a lot of insights on his works and I hate how A left Rhianon for good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
School ( Tragic but I get used to it) and most likely to avoid my mom nagging me on why productive people never stays on bed for too long.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most likely on school, but if not, I watch movies and tv series not to mention the times I've been forced on watching soap operas because it's family time. I also a music lover. My music choices ranges variantly like a radio.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's actually my first love story. (Hurray for that!) I've been practicing writing romance books but it always end up on the trash bin. Therefore, i devised a brilliant plan. Why not write a story where I could write Romance but at the same time with a hint of fictional plot. The fiction part would cover the romantic side of the story so that the plot wouldn't be shallow. I mean, let's face it " He loves me, I love him " is not a enough to make a plot and being in Romance genre is challenging. You are to show that your book is unique and not just another "chickflicks". And I want to present paranormal and romance in a more different angle. Though the book isn't finished yet, I want everyone to see romance on its different side. The side wherein not everyone wants to see, "The Pain and Missed Chances that we got in love". I wanted the readers to see the consequence of "choices and chances". And i hoping to put in a more creative and imaginative way. The way a writer creates magic on a story.
Published 2014-02-28.
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