Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read...(I'm going off the one I remember vividly) was Charlotte's Web. When I was little (kindergarten age, so about five) I could not read at all. I tried everything I could think of to learn. It was very frustrating too, no one else in my class couldn't read. Sometimes I would come home in tears because I couldn't do what the other kids were doing. Then over a break (I think it was Christmas Break), I woke up one morning and picked up a copy of Charlotte's Web my teacher had given me. I remember her telling me she loved the book. I don't quite know how it happened or why I decided to read that morning, but I sat down and opened up the book. The next thing I knew, my mom came in to wake me up and I was halfway through the book. To this day, the experience of finally being able to read has stuck with me along with the book. I can't say the book itself had an impact on me, it is a good book though, but going to school after finally reading was absolutely amazing. The one thing I learned was to never, ever give up.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me, after all, they are the ones who tell me when I'm not writing a good piece. Without my fans, I don't think I would ever write. They make me a better writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing, for me at least, is being able to enter a new world or reinvent the real world. Writing also helps me to reduce stress when I have to make an important decision. After being diagnosed with Depression, Social Anxiety, and ADD I realized that it was also my way of keeping calm. It's so soothing and comforting to know that when you're writing it can be for others or just for you. I'd have to say the biggest joy of writing is sharing your work with others and getting feedback on the work. I love knowing how my writing came across to others.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author of all time is J. K. Rowling, author of the wonderful Harry Potter series. I was in 3rd grade when I started reading the books, and when I finished the 6th book the 7th was on the way but had yet to come out. I still remember staying up late the night before the 7th book came out and waiting in line for an hour just to get my copy. I raced through the book. I ended up rereading the series at least five times.
I don't have a lot of favorite authors, but I discovered a book series a while back by P.C. and Kristin Cast that I just love. The House of Night novels pull you in and hold you captive. I love that the problems might be out of this world, but some of them are just normal teenage girl problems. I've reread this series three times now, and I can't say I won't read it as many as three times more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read for pleasure, I LOVE to read. However, my guilty pleasure with reading is Historical Romance novels. Oh yes, the novels full of passion and romance...I love to read them when I have time. I curl up in bed with my sweet puppy (when she deigns herself to be around me, my sassy cat too) and read. Overall though, reading itself is such a pleasure.
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