Interview with Mikayla Jones

What do your fans mean to you?
Oh gosh. Im not even legal so I still have that ''Ohhhhh'' ''ahh'' kind of mindset about everything so fans are like so exciting to me. I love every single one of them an appreciate all of them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I say im a loser and that I have no life outside of my writings but My schedule is full every day except Monday's so If I said that I just chill in my room I’d be lying. I have clubs (one that focuses on writing) and family stuff and friend stuff. You know the normal teenager things.
What is your writing process?
Step 1. Open laptop.
Step 2. Get comfortable
Step 3. Get up an go pee.
Step 4. Get comfortable again.
Step 5. Get up and get food.
Step 6. Get comfortable AGAIN.
Step 7. Open word Document.
Step 8. Open Picmonkey and Make a cover for book.
Step 9. Open word Document and write my ideas down.
Step 10. Fail & Cry.
Step 11. Stop crying 30 minutes later and start over from step 2 till i get something acceptable.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think that is a trick question on so many levels. but I'll answer the ones i find in it.

1.The first book i read (that was probably read to me) was probably a picture book or pop up book that i probably loved an that was it.

2. The first book i read (by myself) was Dr. Suess Cat in the Hat. 4 year old me absolutely loved it and I really liked it because the pictures were pretty to me and i thought Dr. Suess was so cool cause we had the same birthday.

3. The first book that i read (That made me want to actually start writing) was Book of 1000 days. It was in 6th grade that i realized I really liked books and that book showed me that masterpieces really arent decided by there covers or where they're hidden because in order to know a masterpiece you have to see it, feel it, imagine it and temporary live it, which is what i strive for readers to see, feel, imagine and live when they read my writings
How do you approach cover design?
I think that it should have something to do with the story like if its about a deadly woman carrying a switchblade than shouldnt a woman holding a switchblade be on my cover? Also the way the cover just holds together as a whole is very important to me, if the woman kind of holds a dark, dangerous sort of feel to her than the whole cover should also, including the fonts my and anything extra i decide is needed for the cover.
When did you first start writing?
I started getting a real liking of books in 6th grade, but I read my first Fanfiction in 7th and after i saw that nobodies could be somebodies from writing i started myself and i found it fun and exciting and when people told me i had potential i got even more into the thought of writing for a living because my mom told me "If you choice to do something you love you wont work a day in your life" and i live by that saying.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love a good fan fiction but the thing is with 'love stories' in general they always end with happy ending the people fall in love and there are no problems and the world is great, and i wanted to take that concept Cuddle, raise and keep that concept than snap its neck and toss it in the trash with a shocking murder of one of the people and to make it even more heartshatteringly plot twisting I wanted one of them to kill the person they 'loved' so much.
What are you working on next?
I think im going to do something a bit more dark and just demented and have people question my sanity, Some edgar allan Poe stuff!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To know that im that much closer to my dream job and that im that much closer to making my family proud, my future brighter and even maybe helping other aspiring writers when im an adult.
Who are your favorite authors?
Shannon Hale
Laura Amy Schlitz
Veronica Roth
Kiersten White
Neal Shusterman
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
food.
Published 2013-10-15.
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