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EmptyStarGazer's Interview

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Read what EmptyStarGazer has to say about her novel, rising star 'The Hushed Notes of Your Piano', the inspiration behind the writing, and much more!

Submitted:Feb 16, 2012    Reads: 101    Comments: 11    Likes: 4   

Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from England
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I probably started about…two years ago. My reasoning is I found it fun at first to just describe things, you know, like I remember we were describing a planet in school. It it's also really fun to create your own world, my characters are like little pieces of me. I just fell in love with the fact I could create my own world full of my own fantasies and dreams.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: Hmm…I guess I've always really considered myself a writer. Although I'm still young, I do enjoy writing and if you write-even if you're not published-you have the ability to be a writer.
Q: What inspired you to write 'The Hushed Notes of Your Piano?
A: See, I was expecting that question! What inspired me is probably the idea of having nothing and nobody. Laying in bed at night. I thought, 'what would it be like to have nothing but one thing from a family member that you truly loved?' Then I extended on it. I also took the pain from losing a family member and thought it would be a brilliant way to use my own experience for a character.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Easy to read, fun and just interesting. I try to make it as fun and as readable as possible. And very dramatic. I love drama and I can always promise cliffhangers!
Q: How did you come up with the title for 'The Hushed Notes of Your Piano?'
A: I knew I wanted to do something with the piano, since it is such a beautiful instrument to play. I think it mostly has a message in it. 'The hushed notes…' A way of saying, Willow is crying out, but she's being hushed by the grief inside of her and by the people around her. Also because it's her father's piano, which means so much to my character.
Q: Is there a certain message in 'The Hushed Notes of Your Piano' that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: Actually, yeah. It's that you are never truly alone and even hatred can turn to so much more. Just the memory of Willow's father brings her so much comfort, joy, and grief. Even if someone is gone, their memory is forever there and nothing can wash it away. Not even a new life.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in your novel?
A: Not too big. I mean, the death of my Uncle was a huge part. I can relate to my character when it comes to the pain of losing someone. Other than that, most of it is just me imagining the pain of losing my family.
Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the most?
A: That's actually a really difficult question for me. I would say 'The Morganville Series' by Rachel Caine. I know it has nothing to do with my novel, but the way she writes and the adventures in the story really made me want something as dramatic and romantic and funny. It really inspired me to try to create drama and to keep my reader's on edge.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Actually, yes! I am reading something on the Kindle. I honestly can't remember the names on the top of my head.
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: There are on booksie. I would say Bella Anima and xxxEverKnoxxx. They're not very popular, but they are very good authors and really good people.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: Other than this, I'm not really working on anything. I don't like to mix up novels, or I find myself getting bad writer's block.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: Definitely. Yes, I want to actually become an editor one day, save up and then publish my own book. It's a huge dream of mine and I am determined to achieve it.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in 'The Hushed Notes of Your Piano'?
A: I've barely started it, but I would say the beginning. The Prologue for me. I actually had another version of this novel, the prologue on it was really nice but I didn't ever publish it. It's got different characters and story line, just the similar idea. Yeah, I would definitely say the Prologue.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Yes. Coming up with new ideas and interesting material for people to read. I also find new vocabulary hard, also description. I'm not very good with describing words and I could do with loads more.
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: This is hard…Really hard. Problem is, I don't have a perfect favourite. I love several. But if I were to have a favourite, the thing that would have to strike me about their work is the ability of it. The passion. They'd have to be eager and motivated, they'd have to show off their abilities and have an amazing storyline and characters you can really connect with them. I want a story that can make me laugh, cry, and just have me leave long, crazy comments. Like with Katie Cruz and Maddie Grey. Okay, let's just say they're my favourite authors!
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Actually getting down to write it. I find I know what I want to write, and it sounds amazing in my head, but on paper it's…it's not as good.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing The Hushed Notes of Your Piano?
A: I learned that I can explore new characters and places. I've never been to America and it's really challenging writing about a place you've never been to. I've also learned that it's really important to express your character's feelings and it's a challenge to write about someone who can play the piano when I can't?
Q: Why did you delete your old account, star reader?
A: I deleted my old account because I felt like I didn't deserve it- the fans, the comments, etc…I feel so much more proud of myself with this new account. Starting again has provided me with the opportunity to meet new people and to escape from any possible drama that I had at my old account. It's just amazing to re-start.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Wow, me give advice? Hmm…Yeah, I guess so. I would say that comments and reads really do not matter. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the passion you have for your writing. If you can read your work and honestly think, 'yes, I love it, I'm so proud of myself.' Then…That's better than getting thousands and millions of comments. To be self-proud is the best achievement.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Definitely. I would like to say the obvious. I love you a lot, haha! I would also like to say that your support means the world to me and to just have one little comment or fan is awesome. I appreciate anyone who even bothers looking at my work and I would also say, readers, talk to me! :)


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