Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Ontario Canada, but around my third birthday my family moved to New York, so sadly I don't have the goofy accent. :P But I consider myself to come from NY.
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Well, me and Blushes Scarlett are doing a crossover with RHS and PWF so that's something. And I also have some new ideas for a novel I plan on writing after I finish RHS.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started writing when I was 12, I think. I started because my friend wrote a story, a short one about a girl helping out an animal shelter, and she gave it to me. And I wanted to write her a story too, but instead mine was a bad 80-something paged novel that she wouldn't have liked. :P But after that I guess I just kept writing, although I never gave her that awful story, haha.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: Oh, I don't know. I'm not so sure I have! :P I acknowledge that I write and that usually means you're a writer but I don't know. I guess I never thought about it.
Q: What inspired you to write 'Ruining His Summer'?
A: Picking up sticks :P I wanted money and my dad had been going on everyday about how the yard was full of sticks so I went out and started picking them up and as I did this idea was forming in my head of a guy and a girl, working on yards and somehow I got around to thinking about police officers and the guy spiraling and ending up doing something he normally wouldn't have. That's the first time I really remember thinking about RHS.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Ohhhhhhhhh, gosh! :P I have no idea! Crappy, bad, unable to describe the feeling sI was trying to get across. Sometimes, I like it and I go back and think 'wow, I was really on a roll' and sometimes I just want to burn it all and start over, or you know just settle with burning it. :P
Q: How did you come up with the title for 'Ruining His Summer'?
A: Originally, it was going to be called 'A Perfect Match', but that felt so plain to me! So I was scrolling though what I had so far, trying to figure out a snappy, fresh title that would catch people's attention. And I saw the words "Ruin your summer" or something like that and I just settled with it, I guess. I'm not sure I still like it or not but that's usually what happens with my titles.
Q: Is there a certain message in 'Ruining His Summer' that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: With my stories there's always a message I want to send across. For this one, I suppose it's all about change. How sometimes it's always great or easy, or even your choice. But then there are times you can choice to change something. I guess what I really want to get across is that things change, all the time, and how to accept that things are different now.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in 'Ruining His Summer'?
A: Uh, with me? Well, not much I guess. I'm not an ex-con or anything but I kind of (vainly) think that Silvia is a lot like myself with her attitude. Her remarks are sometimes things I'll say and her selfishness and stubbornness definitely comes from me. But she's definitely become her own character, but early on, when I wasn't sure what she'd do, I'd think "well what would I do?" and that helped me a little. But with everything that happens in the story, I think the Alzheimer's or the idea of a disease I should say, kind of strikes me. But my novels usually stay far away from my personal life because then I feel like I'm exposing a part of myself. I'm not sure why I have a problem with that kind of thing.
Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the most?
A: A lot of Sarah Dessen. Her books were some of the first YA that I read and they're the reason I kept reading. I'm not sure I can name just a book or two of hers though. :P But there have been several others that I've read that I feel have influenced me. Probably all those mystery novels I read before I started YA. I think those might have added an edge to my writing.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Yup, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. It's a really good book and it's really interesting because it's writing about something I've never really read about before and I hope it'll help me when I write my next story which deals with something similar.
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Published wise, I think Sarah Ockler. On Booksie, sadly I don't think so. New to me, maybe! Like I just started reading TCD by Teindre and BEFY by Forever After and those stories really just draw you in and there is no letting go. J
Q: What are your current projects?
A: Well, there's Ruining His Summer which I hope to finish soon. And I'm thinking about writing the next SS (or should I say novella) for Bruce and Belle. And there's another idea I hope to write very soon about a girl dealing with the suicide of her best friend and struggling to figure out why it happened. And then she finds herself getting sucked into the world that her best friend died in when she ends up modeling so she can do some special competition in her friend's honor and it just turns into this big mess. And there's a boy of course, since there always is, and he has his own unique role with her friend's suicide. I hope people will enjoy it even if it's a little different.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: Oh, definitely. I've always wanted a job I could strive for (doctor, photographer, detective, surgeon, photography again. :P) and while I was writing, I was thinking I'd be a photographer but eventually I just didn't want that and all I wanted to do was write. So if being a published author could be my career then I'd just burst with happiness as cheesy as that sounds. :P
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in 'Ruining His Summer'?
A: Hmmm, I think I would. I probably would change up the Elsie and Pamela storyline. Believe it or not but Elsie plays an important part of the novel and I think if I could do it all over, I might have made Elsie and Pamela the same person or something to Silvia would connect more with Elsie.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Making readers really feel the emotions I'm trying to send across. If eel like people get the love feeling on booksie all the time but what I want to send is all those other emotions that come with love and life even and I feel like they never get across right. I'm not sure that the feelings are realistic enough so I actually stop myself when I write and try to put myself in their shoes and picture myself swirling in everything and how it all feels.
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: There are so many people on that list! River Stevens' work is purely flawless. Last year I felt like her story was amazing and full of humor, but now I relate to it so much more now, and it's gotten so much deeper than before. And Forever After's work, I don't know what it is about it but I just can't help myself from thinking about it constantly. I wish I could write like her because everything she writes is fresh and realistic and amazing.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I went through a really bead writer's block in September that just lasted forever. That was hard, but I feel like the hardest thing to write is Silvia's relationship with her parents. My last character had daddy issues and Silvia does too and I'm just ready to welcome a girl who's dad is perfect! :PI feel like I'm really going to struggle with people not hating her father because I don't. I want to get his thoughts through to everyone so they don't think "well, he's just a dad who doesn't care about his daughter" because that's not the case. And I feel like that will definitely be a hard thing to do.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing 'Ruining His Summer'?
A: Maybe, I'm not sure. I think I might have learned that being so selfish or stubborn isn't a good thin because eventually she'll have to learn the same thing and like I said before, a lot of what Silvia has come from me.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Take a lot of walks in the dark. :P It's kind of cliché, but that's what works for me. Just going around, at night, it just helps a lot and there's nothing else to think about but your characters and your story. Don't be afraid to have your characters hated at first just because their not perfect. No one is and if you try your hardest to get their emotions down, they'll come to love those characters.
Q: Do you have anything specific you'd like to say to your readers?
A: You guys are awesome! If it weren't for you, I'd have given up on this years ago. BATR would've never been finished and RHS would probably be just terrible. AS vain as it sounds, the things you say give me confidence to feel like I keep writing. And you all have stood by my when you should've left! I take forever to update for no reason other than laziness and I know my writing isn't everyone's cup of tea and yet, somehow, your all still there, loving Abe and urging Silvia to give in. :P I love you all!
Q: Where are you from?