Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beautiful People: Author Edition


 It's the BP link up co-hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury! This time it's an interview with the author. How different, yes?

1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?

*smirks* I've been writing since I first learned to write.

But Officially and Sincerely, I considered myself a writer at eighteen. Ages ago! Okay, not really. I'll be turning 23 next month so I've been writing serious for about five-ish years. I also consider myself a writer since eighteen because I took it so serious that I went to a writers conference and had a Realization:

This is where I belong. This writing thing.

(I've also realized you don't always belong to a place. Sometimes you belong with certain people or doings, such as writers and writing.)

2. How/why did you start writing?

How: With a pencil. (It sounds sassy, but really, these days you have to clarify.)

Why: Oh, you know, because I was bored.

Sherlock Gif Bored <--why I should never be given a handgun in civilian life

 Many reasons, one of them being I had stories in my head, stories that were the kind I wanted to read. So I wrote them.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?

The overwhelming quality of the all of it!!

Oh, you meant my favorite part. Not the worst part. Heh, my bad.
Editing! And character building. The characters are the bestest. Then there's world-building. Never underestimate a good fantasy world with deep characters. It is a force to be admired.


4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?

You mean, THE Biggest? Can I narrow that down? *shrugs* Here's the brainstorm version:

romance scenes
no transitions
too many things going on at once
editing when I'm not supposed to be editing
forgetting the characters had a horse or backpacks or some object with them that, uh, disappears
Spelling! (thank God for spell check)
writing myself and my characters into a corner

So, yeah. That's my biggest problem. 

 Haha! *grimaces*

5. Do you write best at night or day?

Usually I write at night. People are sleeping, most of the things I needed to get done are halfway finished.

 I often "mental write" when I just wake up or before falling asleep. This is when I get my best scenes. The action is so vividly, the words are just perfect, the dialogue is phenomenal. The down side to "mental writing" when I'm half asleep is that later I can't remember everything.

6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)

My wreck of a room. I usually sit on my unmade bed which may or may not have the remnant doings of the day. Books, dictionaries, music, clogging cue sheets, clothes. There are clothes everywhere in my room. It's part of my decor.

The toothbrush, again! Where did it come from. . . camera hog. . .

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?

Uh, uh.

An ambiguous amount of time. Truly.

 I don't know

8. How many projects do you work on at once?

I used to work on everything all at once. But then I never finished anything, so that had to stop. Now I work on one project at a time. Though, if I get an idea or scene for another book, I still write it down.

Nothing gets past me to float off to the land of the forgotten. 

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?

In between. I never know how to end things (not even a blog post; it's pathetic). Because even after the book ends, the story keeps going. Life continues.

My endings are usually open ended in one way or other. Or at least bittersweet.

 Farewell, Master Burglar!

10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.

George Bryan Polivka
Veronica Roth
Suzanne Collins
Matthew J. Kirby

Indirectly. Directly. Whether through their writing, their blogs, or their encouragement. 

(Okay, I do realize that those aren't real sentences, but they sounded like sentences in my head. You know, conversational sentences?)

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?

Yes and no.

I post snippets for you guys sometimes. (You guys are special and highly favored like that. So I give you my crumpled flowers. Sorry.)

 I brought flowers

I've taken my work to be critiqued a few times. But I'm an edit freak. So if I'm not satisfied with it, nobody sees it.

Eh, I don't often let my parents read it. They're like, "Oh, my daughter is going to publish a book and become famous!!" My parents have their head in the clouds over it all. I try to hand them reality, but they just give me that "I'm the parent and I know more about the world than you do" attitude. Which is true; they do usually know more than me. But to be fair, I'm the one who's been studying, reading blogs, and going to conferences all about writing and publishing. *cough* For five-ish years. Just this once, I know a little more. And produce crumpled flowers with my efforts.  .  .

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?

To write ALL of the book ideas! Um, to be published? I'm not too hard to please. Right?

On the deep side: to inspire people, to make people think, to make them laugh and cry, to help them and myself understand the world around us.

the need for someone to understand back

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?

I would be Bat-Stitch.


Write! Duh. If I didn't write, I would write. It's a one way road. No U turns. No multiple choice A, B, or C. I don't write because I want to, I write because I need to.

Sure, I do other things. I clog. I play guitar. But I do those and I write. So I see no reason why you are making me choose. Therefore I refuse to do so.  


14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?

Yes. I have a lot of those. 

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?

The weird idea. The Sandy series. The Allegory thing. The Archeress and the Prince. Liesel and the Churan. All the ideas I've ever had.

The Oddball trilogy also. But it's the characters that have my heart and won't let go. 


(all pictures are from pinterest, excluding the one of my room)


  1. The XD XD
    I for one, like the way you write :D
    Funny answers as usual :P

    1. Yes. Everybody needs a little Lilo and Stitch to have a complete childhood. If I was a psychologist, I would try to find some way to prove this. ;)
      Thank you. I try. I don't always make my mark. But if you guys like it then I trust your judgement. :D

  2. Editing is my favorite part and my least favorite part of writing all at once. It's so difficult for me, but at the same time, it's also really fun. I mental write things in my head all the time. I try to repeat them over and over again or write them down as soon as possible so I don't forget them. Also, it's so cool that you've been to a writing conference. I really want to attend one someday.

    1. Yeah, editing is awesome! But it is kind of overwhelming at the same time. It's hard to stay motivated.

      You should go to a conference one day! It's a little overwhelming because there's so much information packed into one weekend. But the fellowship with other like-minded people is really great.

  3. I loved The Hobbit gifs. Kili is my favorite dwarf. :)
    I would love to go to a writing conference one day, but school always gets in the way. The closest I've been to one is probably Poetry Camp. XD

    Carly @ Books and Etc

    1. Kili is pretty cool. :)

      Writers conference are awesome. Sometimes there's conferences over the summer. If you ever get the chance to go to one, don't turn it down. It helps so much! And being around other writers is amazing.

  4. ajdakfldsafd me. my name. on your list. ajfdkslafsd

    I LOVE THIS POST. Because you are an awesome writer, and pfft, I'm pretty sure you'll be magnificently famous one day. I side with your parents. YOU WILL RULE THE WOLRD THROUGH WRITING, HUZZZAH!

    Your writing space looks a lot like mine. Beds are comfy for writing in. And omg, I never put a name to it before but MENTAL WRITING! YES! I do that all the time and it's the bane of my existence. My mental writing is so so much better than my actual writing. XD

    1. Thank you for your confidence in me. :)

      Comfy writing spaces are a must! I know some people sit at a desk in a wooden chair. How can you focus on writing if you're sitting on something so uncomfortable?

      Yes! Mental writing is always better in my head than on paper. WHY? Why can't it just work on paper too? It was so perfect before, why not now?

  5. Bat-stich? Not Elvis Stich? =)

    In between are my favorite endings too, I like to write sad yet hopeful endings, and yeah open endings! I'd never realized but that's totally what I do. And mental writing, there's a name for that!? I do that all the time and then I don't sleep because I'm trying to make sure I don't forget it and then I try to write it down but I'm so sleep deprived that I write nonsense sentences I can't make sense of in the morning!

    I didn't know people actually liked editing, it's my least favorite part because I second(and third and fourth) guess myself way too often when editing and revising.

    Happy writing! =)

    Hope you have time to check out Our Beautiful Books Post!

    -Alex Steele

    1. Mental writing, uh, well. . . I kind of just made it up on the spur of the moment. So if it has a proper name, I don't know what it is. But "mental writing" seemed to work in the moment. ;) I know what you mean. I'm so tired when I mental write but the scene is just perfection. It's everything any good scene ought to be and then when I get up in the morning, I've either forgotten half of it and can't figure out why I thought it was genius, because it isn't genius anymore.

  6. Always be a writer, unless you can be bat Stitch. then be bat-Stitch.

    Your writing spot looks cozy.

    1. XD That is the best comment ever!

      It's a very nice writing spot. Plenty of blankets to wrap up in when it gets cold.


[insert witty saying about comments] And you may insert your comment below. :)