Yes, I do. I was six or seven years old, in first or second grade. I wrote about 60 pages on loose-leaf, a story about a girl and her horse. My writing content has changed since then, but my passion has not.
What is your writing process?
When I start out a story, I always feel something like an itch or a burning in my chest or head-- inspiration. I usually spill out the first few pages in short order. The beginning is always the easiest for me. After I slow down a bit, I do some outlining to make sure I can keep myself on track. The last novel I've been working on is more complex than the stories I've written in the past, so I've included a lot more editing. I use Scrivener to organize my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I've ever read, but I remember the first story that had a powerful effect on me. It was The Hobbit, and I read it in third grade. I was so inspired that I wrote a (very poorly written) story like it. It was an eighty page mess, but at least it showed my fortitude.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't know much about cover design; I'm new to the ebook business.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's so hard to count down. Probably His Dark Materials, Lolita, A Song of Ice and Fire, Cloud Atlas (and anything else by that author), and Cloud Range (and anything else by Annie Proulx.) I'm cheating, so I'm also going to add everything by Haruki Murakami and Alice Munro, too.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of different fiction and non-fiction books for leisure. For non-fiction, I enjoy science (pop science, mostly) and sometimes history-- and always language. I also read a very wide variety of fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my simple Nook. It was cheap, but it works great and has no glare.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've never marketed one of my books before. Usually, I just write. But I'm looking forward to finding out more.
Describe your desk
I use one of those portable desks, as I don't have a desk to work with. I often end up writing in bed with a hard pillow to prop me out. This is also useful because I usually write the most at night.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an upper middle class/upper class neighborhood. I'm actually not sure if this affected my writing too much. I do know that in my old fantasy stories, I'd always focus on the wealthy nobles rather than the poor. But honestly, I'm not sure it's had too much influence on my writing, especially as I write so much fantasy. My favorite non-fiction piece I've written focuses on the poor, as well.
When did you first start writing?
I first started telling stories aloud at age three, according to my family. I wrote my first poem at age five or six, and it all kept going from there.
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