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Katie Cruz's Interview

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Katie Cruz talks about her work, inspiration, and her hugely successful novel 'Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not?'.

Submitted:Feb 16, 2012    Reads: 261    Comments: 14    Likes: 10   

Q: Where are you from?
A: I'm originally from the Philippines but I moved to the states around 2003, in Honolulu, Hawaii. I lived there for 6 wonderful years. Now, I currently reside in San Diego, CA along with my family.

Q: What is some of your latest new for writing?
A: I have a few more romance novels in line but I'm about to continue the ones That I would have fun writing the most. I have "Struck By You", "The Key To Your Heart" And "Between You And me". I also have another one that's untitled at the moment but so far those are the main ones coming out soon.

Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started writing when I was like twelve. I used to write "Sailor Moon" fan fictions. Please don't laugh? :P I write stories and my classmates would read it and they would be so addicted they wanted more. Oftentimes I keep my stories to myself. Then I used to keep a thick notebook where I write my story ideas. I was always wondering what it feels like when you're an actual published writer. It would be so cool developing a whole new world where you play god to your characters, you know. It excites me whenever people read my work and they tell me they love it, who wouldn't? You must admit it gives you a great feeling. I started writing because my head is always swirling with endless ideas. Everywhere I go, I see someone or I see something then my mind just wanders off. I swear, my imagination just runs wild and it's an amazing feeling when you produce a whole new story idea, you fall in love with it and then next thing you know you'll be like "Wow, I wish they were real." that's how I feel about writing.

Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: Last year, January 2011, when I joined Booksie. I've written some pieces a few years back and the first site I joined was Fictionpress. Well, those stories remained hidden in my laptop and were never released online. I'm planning on resurrecting them and Hopefully later on I'll have a chance to post them online. To be honest, I don't consider myself as a writer but then again, I am writing stories so I guess I am a writer now. :)

Q: What inspired you to write 'Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not?'?
A: I had a classmate back in the 4th grade and she was one of my good friends. She was a tomboy and we had one of the popular boys in class who had a serious crush on her and he also confessed his love for her, it's really funny. He seeks her attention and even though he's cute she really hated his guts. But I think as time went by, she accepted him and they're friends up until today. I just had to look back into the past for a good story idea and I was like hey, there aren't a lot of tomboy stories, movies yeah, but I haven't come across one just yet so I decided to do one even though it's so cliché but still. I'm not a fan of helpless main female characters. I'm all about feistiness-even in real life. I want a girl who doesn't give a damn what other people think.

Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Oh gosh, that's kinda hard. How Would I describe it? Fun and edgy? LOL I have no clue! My writing styles depend on the plot of the story. Majority would be in the romcom section of course. Some will be very dramatic but most people love humor very much.

Q: How did you come up with the title for 'Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not?'?
A: Oh, yes. It was this picture I found on deviant art. There's a daisy in between a girl's lips. So you're thinking "He loves me, he loves me not" so, in this story, the guy or the girl would be asking "Do you love me? Or You don't love me?" something like that. It was just perfect for it. I also love plucking the petals of daisies back when I was a kid, so yeah.

Q: Is there a certain message in Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not? that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: There are a lot of messages hidden in the story like bullying. Bullying starts at a very tender age and we need to prevent that as soon as possible. Bullying is a serious case and people get hurt a lot because of this. Being judgmental, people need to realize that we are all humans. We all make mistakes. Stop assuming and sometimes it's better not to judge a book by its cover. You never know what you're going to get. Last but not the least, never ever lie. Lying gets you nowhere. And never give up on something that's really special to you. Just because he/she hates you doesn't mean they really hate you, you know. It's just a facade. You need to dig deeper to see the real meaning of love.

Q: How big of a part did reality play in your novel?
A: A lot. There are scenes in the story that happened in my past relationships. School names were real, those were the two schools I had loved so far, I had to add them in. I just had to change some things a bit. One of them was my niece's alma mater. The tomboy character is real. Some characters were modeled by my niece and my nephew. The name Celina came from my niece who's a real tennis player from High school. She was a cheerleader, too but she's not a bitchy one like the villains from DYLM. Evan, who's the jock in the story is kinda like my nephew. A football player and an overachiever. :)

Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the most?
A: A lot of young adult books like Meg Cabot's, for example. She has a lot of funny high school romances that I love. I'm still a kid at heart even though I'm already 28. I have always loved High school so that's where my inspiration comes in.

Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: From time to time, yes. On my phone I have a huge library of ebooks that I'm dying to read. Being a working mom, I just don't have the time. :/

Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Yes, pretty much. :)

Q: What are your current projects?
A: So far I'm working on finishing DYLM, next will be "Struck By You" and "Between you And Me".

Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: I used to, back when I was a kid. But then I don't really see myself as a potential author. I'm just not good enough, you know. I mean, I love writing! It's just that I write for fun and that's not going to change anytime soon.

Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in 'Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not?'?
A: All the scenes were planned out before I released the novel. Choosing the best scenes were tricky, and this was by far the best that I have done, humor wise. I love making people laugh and I wouldn't dare change anything. Not even one bit.

Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Dialogue and writing funny scenes. It's really hard. Sometimes I'm too lazy to think. There are days I'm oozing with inspiration but there are days that are so… Blah.

Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: I have a lot but I'll mention a few that are really special to me and were a part of my writing life when I started on booksie. That would be teindre, aviana, inky30, vanessaxoxo, forever after, daisyjohnson and ryderstokes just to name a few. We all have something in common on the way we write and one thing would be humor within the storylines. They are all the best and they are all amazing in their own way.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: That would be the ending. Every time I write the last chapter of a story, sometimes I would sit back and think, wow this is really the end. I get sad because all my characters and the whole story itself has been a big part of me and it takes a lot of courage to whip up an ending. To me, I don't really want it to end.

Q: Did you learn anything from writing 'Do You Love Me…Do You Love Me Not?'?
A: Definitely Patience and Perseverance. You really need that drive to stay focused on what you're writing. At first I thought DYLM was going to be another scrapped project like my very first fantasy novel on booksie, but I had already completed my first romance novel so I know DYLM would be headed in that direction as well.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Yes. If you come to a point of having massive writer's block or you think that your story is not good enough, try taking a break from it and come back later on. Read books and watch movies, stroll around the park, etc. Believe me; it always helps your brain gain back that writing mojo you just lost. Whatever happens, never ever give up. Always remember to write for yourself and not for others. Plus, don't let negative remarks put you down. Constructive criticisms are always helpful and will lead you that path of success in the writing world.

Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who have been there for me since day one. Without you guys, there won't be any me. I love you all and please… STAY INSPIRED! :)


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