Interview with Navi jaylove

Who are your favorite authors?
well, i'd like to take a leaf out of veronica roth's book, as she is detailed but keeps it simple, adventurous and suspensful, but still appealing to a wide audience
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
litreature. period.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading *laughs* trying to improve my writing, umm, getting inspiration for new books, but yea, my world is kind of revolved around writing, I spend most of my time on wattpad, and was wanting to get into a larger community of writers and I saw smash-words and I jumped at the opportunity
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I really do it by not restricting myself to one genre of book, it also improves my skills at different types of books and inspires me to write more in a particular genre
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes, and to be honest, it was pathetic, but hey, I was a nine year old, but i am proud that i actually finished the book, it was a, *laughs* a book about a demonic statue and two sisters, it was for naplan (national test for year 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11's) and i actually had to make my writing tiny, yet readable, because i was running out of space, (there's a set space of two pages in the naplan)
What is your writing process?
well, l figure out seventy plots, narrow it down to ones that would get a wide range of people, narrow those down to ones i had more of a want/flair to do and continue that until i find plot, i then on a blank document, write down what is going to happen in each chapter etc, i write a chapter, which i call phase one, and when i finish each chapter, i do spelling check, then in phase two i add any touch ups to the actual story, and phase three is more spell check, i continue this until i have got ll the chapters, i then let it "brew" so that i don't know the story in side out, i read it myself, do any spell check etc, and i sit there for about half an hour, being completely honest with myself, "will this story make it?" "would i read it if i was a ----" i then get other people to read it and ask for honest critical feedback, and spell check and then i publish
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
my first chapter book was scarlet by Cathy cassidy, i was in year three and i was completely and utterly engrossed in this book, and when i finished it, i put it down, and i was in shock, i wanted more, i was hungry... for words, and when i got out a paper and pen i just thought, "i want to be able to do that, i want to be the name on the front of a book," and i started to write stories for my parents, it became an obsession, and id go to school, and when we wrote narratives, i was top of the class, i began to ace English in general, i had a love for it as strong as my hate for math, years later, and im here, i think back to that book and i'm like, tgfcc (thank god for Cathy cassidy) because i re-read her books and i was like, man, im not sure any other author could had ignited me like that, i was amazing and horrifying to owe so much to one person
How do you approach cover design?
i look for characters of my book, or places, sometimes both and when one strikes me, i take it, eventually i collage them together, it looks terrible, but i think it helps me write and then if my book gets popular, i employ someone to make a cover for me
What do you read for pleasure?
any book. period.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my computer, i have a kobo, but i find my laptop is much more accessible
Describe your desk
it is a chocolate-coloured recliner with blue headphones a hot mint tea, chocolate and a blanket, i'm not a professional, but i hope to become one if the wattpad and smashwords community will see me worthy of that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
the story behind my latest book is to try and highlight problems in society, i am not an activist, but my latest story has cutting, homelessness and depression etc. i mainly like to highlight mental problems because where i live, australia, we have the highest suicide rate in the world, and i myself have been in a bad situation before, and telling my parents helped, seeking help was worth it and i am now have that two years behind me, writing helped me so much and my experience brought me closer to it, which is now my passion
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
the simplicity, the comfort, the flexibility, writing,, i just, my passion is a little to deep to explain really, it has helped me through the worst, the absolute worst and i owe it that, i owe the english language , i believe the only way i can repay it is to transform 26 letters into a work of art
What do your fans mean to you?
i dont have any, but anyone who does follow me, i owe them my books, my silent payment for their surport
What are you working on next?
i am going to keep that one between me and the computer
Published 2014-04-17.
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