It was fan fiction, I think that's how most of us start out. It was about One Tree Hill which is still one of my favorite shows in the world. I used to write it by hand and then give it to one of my best friends to publish online, I can't remember why I did that...
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite is probably John Green, and he's pretty big at the moment since he's been delving into the movie world and all but I like that he writes intelligent YA. I read somewhere that most YA is written at third grade level, although the intended audience has long surpassed that age. I was very frustrated when I hit my teens because I felt like I was a demographic that was forgotten about; I could either read the 3rd grade level books or move on to adult books about 30 year old divorcees. These stories can at times be interesting (i.e "Eat, Pray, Love") but I certainly can't relate to them. I also like Rainbow Powell, Suzanne Collins, Stephen Chbosky, Jennifer Shaw Wolf...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like to think of people, in media or in my own life that get out of bed everyday even though they're going through things that I feel would break me down. I guess I look to people that are stronger then me and I draw inspiration from them. I also think about how much I want to accomplish in life, and how you never know how much time you'll have to accomplish it...sorry if that sounds morbid.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I certainly have no shortage of hobbies. There are two categories for me; there are those hobbies I pick up and put down almost as quickly and then there are those I'm relatively committed to. In the past the former has included fencing, knitting, yoga, running, swimming, you can probably see a pattern with sports. Also on this list is ballroom dancing but that's something I would like to pick back up because I actually really enjoyed it.
So the other category includes cooking, especially baking. I've always dreamed about having a cooking show and sometimes when I'm cooking alone I talk to myself and explain all the steps, pretending there's a camera there. I am also passionate about music, I have written lyrics to more than a hundred songs, I am a mediocre guitar player, and I like to dabble on the piano. Of course reading is one of my hobbies and I love travelling. I would go almost anywhere if given the opportunity.
What is your writing process?
It depends on the story. I have one short story called "Easy as 1, 2, 3" that came about in that strange state that's somewhere between dreaming and awake. Once I woke up all I had to do was write it! A lot of them begin with "What if..." then I play out a loose sequence in my head and try to decide if it's interesting enough that I would read it. Sometimes I'll write down a quotes or song lyric I found interesting and months or years later revisit it and seem what comes to me.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a "collection" of short stories to publish digitally. I say "collection" because though there will be a unifying theme, the stories will probably be released individually.
Where can your readers connect with you?
I have a blog, rosesarecool.wordpress.com for anyone that wants to leave comments, questions, pictures of their cats...
I also have a twitter (@rosesarecool) though I'd be lying if I said I'm an active twitterer.
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