Interview with Spring Hellams

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's a tough question. I love creating each character. But I also love finishing a chapter, and when I find out someone has enjoyed reading one of my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Very much. One of the things that gave me incentive to start writing was the thought of young people, and how most of the material out there for them to read these days seems so inappropriate. I wanted to write books for young people that would be both exciting AND clean.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the 2nd of the "League of Ascenders" series. It's called "The League of Ascenders, the Secret of Nebulus".
Who are your favorite authors?
Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Alyson Noel, Debbie Macomber, Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, and many others!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make beaded jewelry; it's very relaxing for me. I can unplug, and put in a chick flick. A lot of people want to purchase my pieces when they see me wearing them. So I sell them, and then just buy more beads and make more pieces.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was awful! My third grade class actually got to write our own books that would be bound and published and everything! My book was called "The Haunted House". I still have it, and every time I pull it out and flip through it, I'm very disappointed in my third grade self, and just know I could have done a better job! Too funny.
What is your writing process?
Believe it or not, I actually still use a technique I learned in the fourth grade, called clustering, where you write an idea in the middle of the page and circle it, and then draw a line to another idea that's connected to that one and circle it, and so on...It's still a great method. Also, I get a lot of ideas from my dreams. But one valuable thing I tell other writers that has helped me immensely is--you don't have to start at the beginning; just start writing wherever you are. It might be somewhere in the middle of the book, and it might be at the end. Just start, and the beginning will come when it comes. Most of the time, I am writing different parts of my story, and then putting them together like a puzzle. Thank God for 'cut and paste'!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love clean romance--especially clean historical romance; and young adult fiction- adventure, supernatural/paranormal.
Published 2014-06-17.
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