1.) Anything written by Jane Austen is a must. I don't have to explain why other than her brilliance shines through.
2.) "Post Office" by Charles Bukowski is amazing. He simply doesn't care what anybody thought of him as an author, so he was able to just tell a story. That novel was inspiring to me, though I wouldn't be capable of writing anything as well as he could.
3.) As a child, my go-to book was "Bloomability" by Sharon Creech. She was able to capture emotions that I felt but didn't feel comfortable conveying them in words to others. Her book was a perfect form of escapism for me.
4.) "The Giver" by Lois Lowry was my first introduction to the world of dystopian literature, a world I have lived in since. I enjoy a good dystopia.
5.) My final selection would have to be "Just Listen" by Sarah Desson. She was able to cover dark and traumatizing situations while still being able to remain afloat. Many times when an author writes about something depressing happening in the past, it mangles the character's and distorts their reality of the world now. Desson was able to let the character move past it and grow.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. I love light and flirty books, dark and dystopian, male perspective, female perspective, politically charged fiction, and the occasional romance novel. I have to have spice in my life, and there is no better way to season than by variation. If you eat chocolate every day of your life, sooner or later you're going to get sick of, and eventually hate, chocolate. I love books and authors and stories; why would I ever risk getting sick of any of it?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone. If I'm reading something as an eBook, I tend to do so while I'm lying in bed, lounging around, being too lazy to get up for the day or go out that evening.
When did you first start writing?
When I was nine years old I wrote my first song. It had rudimentary rhyming, basic lyrics, and no actual music because the only instrument I played then was the flute. But because it was something I finished--I did something!--it led from writing one song, to writing many, to writing stories. My love of writing escalated until I finished my first novel. That is what I consider as my greatest accomplishment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My best friends in high school. We all led extremely different lives but managed to become each other's family in the process.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm impatient, lazy, and determined.
I am too impatient to wait around for a publishing company to decide if it's something they want to publish.
I am too lazy to stick to somebody else' deadlines. I write on my own schedule.
I am too determined to let anybody tell me 'no,' whether or not it was deserved.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I don't get out of bed to get to work, I'll lose my job. If I lose my job, I'll lose my apartment. If I lose my apartment, I'll have nowhere to write. So essentially, money inspires me to get out of bed every day. If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd sit in bed and write all day, every day.
Describe your desk
Not really, it's metal with two drawers on each side and a computer on top. I have organized clutter everywhere. If somebody else were to come find something on my desk, good luck, but I know exactly where it is.
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