What part of your first novel did you find hardest to write?
Hmm … that's a tough one. I can't pinpoint a specific section in the story, but there were a few times I scratched a scene and wrote something totally different.
What do you read for pleasure?
All types of Genres.
What scares you most?
Too many things to mention. The way I handle fear, is by not thinking to far into the outcome of situations, and I try to stay focused on the here and now. Coming from the old county, Austria, my mother is one for idioms, and one she always shares with me is; The soup is never as hot when you eat it as when you cook it.
How much do you draw from your own life when constructing your main character?
I think I draw a lot from people in my life. But I create a character from different character traits of more than 1 person.
Do you tend to reach the word count you want exactly, overshoot or undershoot? How does it effect your editing?
I'm usually really close to what I shoot for, so far anyway.
What inspired you to be a writer and to write The Bernovem Chronicles series?
I remember I was sitting in the movie theater watching the first Harry Potter movie when I envisioned my main character Kristina walking down a snowy sidewalk. At the time that was all of story, I had. I went home that night and wrote my first page not knowing where the story would go.
So the ending of The Shard left me in total, utter suspense - can you tell us when to expect the third installment of this amazing series?
I was hoping book 2 would leave readers wanting to read more and I'm so glad it did. I am in the process of writing the 3rd book and when it is finished (within 2 months) I will definitely let all my Bernovem Chronicle fans know.
Growing up, what authors or books influenced you as a kid coming into young adulthood?
C.S Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia were my favorite books as a kid. I used to read them to my mom when she cooked dinner; they are one of my fondest childhood memories. I also love J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series, even though I was an adult when I read them. Besides them, I love all kinds of Juvenile fiction and adult fiction.
What are the job duties of being a writer?
Write every day. If you are writing a series, which I am doing, then continually read your previous work. This will keep the story-line fresh in your mind and help you to add to it. I do a lot of editing and sometimes even changing the plot. This can be tedious and frustrating but it is necessary to get it just right. Writing for me is mostly being consistent and disciplined on a daily basis. In addition, I write everyday whether I feel like it or not.
2. What are the working conditions/ environment of being a writer?
I write at my computer, which is in my bedroom. I like to have a quiet atmosphere. Though this is what I prefer, I can write on my laptop anywhere I go. That is the great thing about writing; you can do it anywhere.
Please share some advice for new writers starting out, no matter their age or work situation. Aspiring writers often hear,
Read what you want to write. Also, read other types of writing than what you write. You can get inspiration from different types of writing than your form.
Hone in on your writing craft. Make sure you write every day or at least try. If you want to be a professional writer, you must love what you do and not count it as a chore. Above all else, be patient. Don't give up when you're faced with rejection. If you feel deeply that your story is worthy of being published, then do your research and find away to get it out there. In addition, consider self-publishing, say for instance with Amazon, or other self-publishing companies that are available; it's a way to get your work read and if it's really good you may be noticed by a publisher.
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