I actually don't have a desk! I write ether in bed, at my kitchen table or the couch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and spent half my childhood in Russia. Then me and my family moved to Canada. I started writing as soon as I learned English, which was about when I was 10. I wrote about my experience in Russia and the ways moving has influenced me. I think coming to Canada was an amazing decision that I have my parents to thank for.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 10.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love movies, books and TV shows about supernatural beings and such and that is what inspired me to start writing Angels Of The Golden Forest. I always thought that angels and demons and creatures like that existed and I've always wanted to write about them but never quite knew how.
What motivated you to become an author?
I've always loved writing and I thought, hey, why don't I put it to good use and just write as like, a job. I know I'm still very young and I have my whole future ahead of me but I think I'll just enjoy writing for now. It's fun and it sure is even more fun to see people react to my own work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to bring my characters to life and put my ideas down on paper (or in my case, a laptop haha).
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my first book, Angels Of The Golden Forest, which I think will be a success.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that one day I might be remembered by my work and knowing that hey, just four more years of high school and then I can do whatever the fuck I want!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch my favorite TV shows and I go out with friends. I like spending time with my family, going for bike rides and excersizing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes indeed I do! In, fact I still have the notebook I wrote it in. The story was about my journey to Canada and how I adjusted to my new surroundings.
What is your writing process?
I usually make myself some coffee and set a timer on my phone for 30 minutes. Then I write and when the timer rings I take a small break, maybe stretch or something. The I set the timer again and repeat the process until I feel like my fingers are gonna fall off the my clock reads 3am. Fun times.
How do you approach cover design?
Oh crap. I haven't even thought about that yet. I mean, I want to design the cover of my book of course but I'm not that great at it and I might need some tips.
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