Interview with Delaney Collie

When did you first start writing?
I began in 3rd grade. My elementary school took part in a Young Author's competition every year, and this was my first time participating. I wrote a short story about a girl whose dog was accidentally put under a spell by her uncle. This spell allowed the dog to talk, and the story revolved around the mischief that ensued. After that, I decided that writing was my purpose in life. It is the thing I'm most passionate about. My first and truest love.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos. I think my desk is a physical manifestation of the way my mind works. I will often start a project and put it aside until a small accumulation of papers and writing utensils gathers in a corner. I will eventually go through it and put things away, only to start the process over again.
My desk is also my happy place. It's where I spend the majority of my time. It's where all of my characters get to travel out of my mind and onto paper. I could live without a couch or a bed, as long as I have a desk and chair. It's the most important piece of furniture in my living space.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope that I will someday be able to share my stories with everyone and inspire people. I want to open up my mind to the world and let the contents come spilling out, available to anyone who's willing to take the time to listen. I want to be someone's favorite author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My life is not all that exciting in itself, which is fine. I like boring. Boring is safe. But, when I write, I get to live vicariously through my characters. I go on their adventures with them. I feel their joys and sorrows. I share in their accomplishments and mourn with them in their losses. They know things I don't know. Writing allows me to create my own world(s) and explore them. My greatest joy is the feeling I get when I am immersed in my creations.
What is your writing process?
Well, my current process involves writing the story first by hand in a notebook and making comments to myself in the margins as I go. Then I type it up chapter by chapter and make changes based on the notes I made to myself. I also usually write out a basic summary of the plot progression so I can get all of my ideas out before I forget them.
I always listen to music while I work. I even have playlists dedicated to each story to help get me in the mood.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to draw, so I spend a lot of time drawing my characters. Other than that, I like to waste time on Pinterest and expand my music library. Oh, and I'm currently a college student. So, like, homework. A lot of homework.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorites would have to be Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) and Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons). The latter has probably been a great influence on me, because Dealing with Dragons was my favorite book series throughout the later elementary years and middle school.
Published 2018-01-28.
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