My writing process varies depending on my location, but there are several constants: I always have music on, and it must always play through headphones. I also find that I write better when I'm alone in the house - even if someone is in a different room, I'm not able to focus as clearly as I would like. In terms of the way I write, I try not to write in sequential order. I write scenes that pop into my head, whether they make sense to the plot or not, and then re-arrange as necessary. If I feel blocked, I begin editing my piece and something will usually jump out at me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I first read this book in fourth grade and I barely understood it. However, there was something about it that demanded I keep coming back to it, and as I grew older it became my favorite. 2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: The entire series, but particularly the first book, is really special to me. It was the first time I felt connected with a main character, or as Anne would call it, a "kindred spirit." 3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I think this book is an incredibly important read for anyone, but I stumbled across is just as I was beginning to learn what it means to be a woman. 4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Sure, it's a bit cliche to list this is a favorite, but I was one of the lucky ones who got to grow up with Harry. I was about the same age as Harry in book one when the series was published, so I was able to enjoy the series all through college. I actually have both the British and the American series on my shelves! 5. Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell: This is a little out of place in my lineup of favorites, and edged out Jane Austen for spot 5. I grew up in a military family, and reading this incredibly powerful and moving story forever changed my perspective on what these men, women, and family members go through in times of war.
Describe your desk.
My desk is rather small and not very conducive to writing due to the piles of books that are generally stacked on it. I reserve one side for bills, and the other for books. However, in any desk I've ever owned, two pieces have always remained: A Snoopy figural calendar, and a music note candle given to me by my late piano teacher.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Nook, and I also read on an iPad. For me, however, nothing quite beats a physical book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing comes from having an idea, usually a small scrap of nothing, and turning it into something that others want to read. it is a great way to melt away from myself and present issues, and put myself completely in the shoes of others.
What do your fans mean to you?
The amount of support I have received so far is mind-blowing. I can't believe that so many people want to read what I've created and are cheering me on. It means the world to me to know that all of these people are as invested in my characters as I am.
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