I am currently working on a mock self-help book. This self-help book is like any other self-help book you see out on the market, however, this one has a twist. It's not actually there to help you. Instead, if you were to follow every single advice I have placed in there, it'd totally ruin your life. I'm writing this book as a way to mock that whole industry.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, let me think here. My earliest memories of a favorite author was Anne Rice and her vampire novels. I've also been very fond of Stephen King because he was so detailed in his writing. After the hype of the show Game of Thrones, I picked up George R.R. Martin's novels as well (those Game of Thrones books, I've read so many times over that they're not even recognizable anymore, haha). Another favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. A few years ago, I was sent one of his novels "Warbreaker" for free. I literally devoured that book within 24 hours, it was THAT good (or at least in my own opinion). I was sadden at that time to find out it was a stand-alone novel. But, since learned that it's becoming a series now. This makes me super happy. After that book, I have since picked up every single book he's come out with.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To write, of course. I can't go a day without at least writing something. In a diary, a blog post, my novels, whatever! If you're not writing, what good are you?! I mean, c'mon?!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping, of course. Writing takes a lot of mental energy. Kidding, of course, haha! If I'm not writing for pleasure, I'm usually writing for my college courses. I'm a psychology major, so we're always writing papers, papers, papers, research papers, and more papers. I write so many papers for college, it amazes me that I still have the mental energy to write my novel stuff.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The website "Goodreads" is a fabulous way to find new eBooks to read. That site is so freaking amazing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I don't sadly.
What is your writing process?
I have notebooks all over the place. For some reason, I can't just sit a computer and write. Plus, I can't exactly take my laptop everywhere since it's a gaming computer (I'm a gamer). The gaming laptop weighs 17 pounds, so it'd be impractical to carry it everywhere. A notebook doesn't even weigh 1 pound. And it fits quite nicely in my purse. If I have a sudden spark of inspiration to write, boom.. I can write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading (that had an impact) was in the 7th grade. It was about this kid who ends up on an alien world. I don't remember much else, but I remember that I wanted to write for a living after that (or at least try to).
How do you approach cover design?
I don't, actually. I'm cheap and not rich. As an unknown author, I can't exactly pay for a professional-looking cover design. So, I use those freebie web sites.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't actually type of 5 favorites. They're all so.. awesome. Asking me to pick 5 is just impossible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything fantasy (I prefer epic fantasies that expands several books). I also like dystopian-type novels like Hunger Games and The Handmaid's Tale.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Amazon Fire Kindle. There's nothing out there that compares to my device. I can load up new books and buy more from the Kindle store as well.
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