I enjoy reading fantasy and fiction, graphic novels and Greek Mythology for my pleasure.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None, I have not published anything yet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kidderminster, England, UK where the seasons blossomed so prettily. I moved to a small town in MA, US and I guess the transition influences me to write how you change with every decision you make and that it's okay to be yourself even if nobody feels sure about it. Sometimes I write about a journey in which the characters learns and grows with each challenge or about coping with a different and usually difficult situation.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was young, only six. I would draw pictures and then write something about them to create picture stories. I always figured that I would write either as a career or a hobby, sometimes I just can't choose.
What do your fans mean to you?
"Fans" don't mean anything to me. I prefer the term "admirers of creative writing" because they aren't just FANS, they are motivation and inspiration. They are their when you're at your worst and smiling when you're at your best. I don't like the term fans because they mainly seem as dumn-stucken fools just there with no reason. I wouldn't call myself a fan even if that was what I truly was.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story about a girl with a history of confusion that is more scattered dots on a white page than anything. The girl doesn't think that she's strong, that she's worthy but then a boy who's lived in a barn his whole life (literally) changes her thoughts. It's a book I guess would rate a little less than young adult. They get romantic and violent but nothing too explict. It takes place in a place that doesn't exist, called Exodus where the people live happily like hippies. But they don't know there's another world which is where the whole trials of love and conflict comes in.
Who are your favorite authors?
OH! That's an easy one- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and more Jerry Spinelli, author of Stargirl, "Love, Stargirl", Crash and a lot more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A nice cup of tea and an egg sandwhich. Sometimes I can't function without my tea, I only go to school really because of it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Easy, reading. I've read a collection of 14+ books and 37+ fanfictions (long, good ones) in the course of four months. I enjoy fanfiction because it doesn't take all the effort to create such original characters as when you create a book but it does allow you to take the personalities of them and add new characters where you make your own plots.
How do you approach cover design?
Something simple, that sets the mood of the book. If it's nice and happy, a light background with a picture on it and the title, author etc. A darker book, a dramatic picture and gradient background with bold font. Sometimes it could be a picture of a necklace on it's wearer's neck. Other times it could be a piece of paper with notes on it. I don't really like adding too much to one cover. Often I've found silhouetts easiest to deal with.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Does series count? Sure, let's say they do, most of the books I read are series anyway. If not, I'll list specifically which book. Harry Potter- I like Harry Potter because it tells that sometimes an ordinary kid can be extraordinary and that fame doesn't define who you are, that your loved ones are closer than you think and to sacrifice yourself for the greater good is a term easily bent to what you want.
The Fault in Our Stars- Absolutely love this book. It's saying that there is always someone out there for you, you just need to know how to approach that person. That the truth is harsher than what we want it to be and that we can overcome our disbilities physically and emotionally. Personally I'd love to have my very own "Augustus Waters" if I ever get the chance and I want to know that philophobia is something that can be resolved and we CAN make whatever infinity we are given "okay".
Divergent- It makes you wonder about how we see things, on the one hand it's that the world is perfect and on the other that life is flawed. In Divergent you learn that it's both and sometimes being brave is different than jumping in to save someone. Maybe when you're brave you're watching someone else face their problems. I want to be brave like Tris because it also shows the flaws and changes of people.
Stargirl- This is one of my favorites because it's about a girl named Susan, or Stargirl, who is very different than the people at an ordinary school and that doesn't quite fit in. She has a rat and a ukelele (?) and that boy narrating the story has a crush on her. It shows to except others' differences and that it's good to be unique. That paying attention to the little things matter even to only one person.
The Lord of the Rings- This tells that the littlest of things can make a difference and that we are all the same inside but our strength and valor varies. That we are all human in the end even if we are another race. That journeys change people for better or worse. I grew up a ltitle inside and knew that war wasn't pleasant, not everyone lives and love is difficult.
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