1. For all those not aware of your awesomeness, what should we know about you?
Wow, awesomeness, thank you! Well, there isn't much of me to know. I'm a new author originally from Vancouver, BC in Canada. I have been writing for most of my life, and it's my passion in life. I'm a University student, studying English and Business, and that's all I can think of to say about myself!
2. Why do you write?
I write because it is my absolute passion in life. Since I was really young, I think about six or seven, I've been writing, and even before that I was always making up stories with my brother, acting them out with stuffed toys. My brain is always going a mile a minute with ideas for stories, admittedly a lot are very odd and don't get written, but some of them are okay, so I run with it. I've always viewed that as one of my strengths though my life
3. What writers inspire you?
There are a few. Right now, George RR Martin is who I've been reading, and his style is something that's really inspired me. In my past I think the writers that helped shaped me are Jenny Nimmo, CS Lewis, Agatha Cristie, and especially SE Hinton, who wrote my favorite book of all time, the Outsiders.
4. What does a typical writing session look like?
Most times, it's me sitting up right on my bed with my laptop in front of me, listening to a three hour long playlist, and forcing myself to write. I have to turn off every single distraction that I can though, including internet and my phone.
5. What are you currently working on?
My current work in progress is a a Young Adult Modern Fantasy that for now I'm calling Chronobound. It's about a young girl who finds out that her life is way more complicated than what she thought because she was born as magic, but raised as entirely ordinary. The magic world disrupts her life in a huge way, and she's put in the middle of a conflict where she has to choose which side she will go to and support, even though she still barely knows anything about herself, let alone any of these people.
6. What do you love about this piece of writing?
I love it because of the characters. I've always been a huge character building person, I love making characters and exploring everything about them, and in this book especially, I think I've created a range of characters who each bring something different. They all have planned story arcs and it's been a lot of fun building them, and learning their voices. It's actually been a great learning experience to write it.
7. Give us a little sneak peak, what insights can you share about the main character?
Lily is not a timid girl by any means. In her ordinary life, she's used to being very competitive, hard working, and works until she is the absolute best in everything she does. Which is why it has been fun to throw her in an environment where she knows nothing and is the definitive worst at magic. She has to learn more to rely on people and that she can't just do everything herself now.
8. What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing is by far the self doubt. Like yeah, it's hard to focus sometimes, but you can force yourself to do that. It's much harder to talk yourself out of the doubt you feel, and I think every writer goes through it, where they look at their writing and they just think it's not as good as everyone else's. At least for me, that is where my biggest writing block moments come from, when it feels like why even bother? It's something that I've had to learn to kind of get past, but it's still hard sometimes.
9. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Stephen King. I actually haven't read a lot of his works because he writes a lot of horror, and I'm kind of a coward when it comes to horror, but I've recently been reading his book "On Writing" and it's excellent, and very interesting. He's a very prolific writer and one that I would love to just talk to about writing.
10. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself as a new writer?
I would 100% tell myself to read EVERYTHING. I used to be a great reader when I was little, I could get through 400 page novels in the span of a day if I was motivated enough, but along the way I kind of dropped off, because I found writing more fun than reading. But now, as someone who struggles with specifically writing scene description, and sensory imagery, I realize that reading is something that really helps to develop that, and I should've stayed reading a lot more when I was a teenager.