Interview with Tahnee-Ellen M Evans

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up in South East Queensland. My home town is Beaudesert.

I would say that this has influenced my writing in the location. I have not travelled around the world, so my books are mainly placed in locations that I do know about.
When did you first start writing?
I was about 8 when I first started writing. I wrote my very first story and called it the Hidden Room. I still have it around here somewhere.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration for my latest book came from watching Catching Fire. I had the idea for my story a long time ago, but couldn't figure out exactly how to explain it. Then I watched Catching Fire, and the idea just hit me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always wanted to write stories and get them published. I would love to be an inspiration to other young writers as I was inspired by my favourite authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is seeing my characters come to life. I can feel all that they are feeling. I'm not an overly adventurous person, so I live my adventures through my characters.
What are you working on next?
I have lots of different story ideas, so I will just pick one and start writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lori Wick, Dee Henderson, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne DuPrau, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Seeing my family. I live at home with my parents and my little sister. We are a very close-knit family and I love to spend time with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly reading. Spending time with family. I am also a leader in Girls Brigade at my church, so that keeps me busy as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I see books that get good reviews and look at them. I also look at books that are similar to something I just read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do remember. The Hidden Room. It was about a little boy that found a treasure hidden in his attic that his Grandfather had left him.
What is your writing process?
The way I write, so far, is to just write from the first chapter. Once I reach the end, I will ask either my mother or sister to proof-read it for me. After that, I will go through the story again, fleshing out the chapters.
Published 2014-01-04.
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