Q: Where are you from?
A: Chicago, IL, USA
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Well, I just decided to publish The Secret Society. I was initially going to wait until I finished writing it, but I guess I just missed this site too much. I am also working on another story called A Thousand Miles, but that story is just moving along very slowly. I don't even know if I will finish that one.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started playing around with writing when I was in seventh grade. One of my friends showed me a writing site (Fictionpress), and I was intrigued by the idea. I had a small notebook where I had a few chapters written out about a typical high school romance. Now that I think about it, I wonder where it is. I'm sure I still have it somewhere. All I know is that it was god awful and extremely cheesy. I guess I am writing now because writing is like an outlet for me. It's a good way to express myself, and I really do enjoy creating scenes that have been playing out in my mind.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: Hum. That's a good question. Even now, I don't think of myself as a writer. I just do it to relieve some stress. If you asked me three years ago, I probably would have given you an incredulous look. I never could have imagined that I would end up writing stories and post them online.
Q: What inspired you to write 'The Secret Society'?
A: Oh, I'm not entirely sure. It really just popped into my mind. TSS is about a girl at a private boarding school and my first story (the one I mentioned earlier in the notebook) was about a girl who went to a boarding school. I guess I've always been juggling that idea around in my head for a very long time, and I finally decided to write it down.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: I want it to be more laid back. I've always wanted to write with a lot of sensory details so the readers can really feel like they're in the book. My goal is for the readers to feel what the main character is feeling.
Q: How did you come up with the title for 'The Secret Society'?
A: Well. Now that I think about it, I remembered I wanted to write something about a group of people who were special. I tried to think of a title that fit the idea, and that was what popped into my mind. I actually came up with the title before coming up with the plot of the story. I guess I built the story around the title.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in your The Secret Society?
A: I actually base a lot of events and emotions on what I have experienced in life. When I wrote The Heiress Bride, almost the all of the New York scenes were based on what I did when I was there. I'm trying to keep TSS a little more separate from my personal life.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: I'm sad to say that I'm not reading any books for enjoyment right now. I've been swamped with reading for my English class, so I rarely have time to read other books. However, I do find Crime and Punishment somewhat interesting. And here's an interesting fact for those of you who care: Crime and Punishment was published by chapters, and people waited on the harbor in America just to get a copy of the most recent chapter. I immediately thought of Booksie when I heard of this :)
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Booksie authors? Well, yes…I guess. Charlie Layne isn't really new, but she's definitely an underdog. I think she is a great writer, and her story ideas a really unique. I feel like there are tons of people on this site that write beautifully but aren't discovered yet.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: I try to focus on one story at a time, and I will keep on writing until the end…even if it takes me more than a year. I hate leaving things unfinished, so you can always count on me to finish a story if I decide to publish it.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: No way. It's something I do for fun. Nothing more.
Q: Who is your favorite author on Booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: There are so many great authors on Booksie, but here's a rundown of a few. I'll go in chronological order (when I first met them). Forgive me…this is going to get rambley. But I really do think they should be mentioned in detail.
I actually remember when Maddie Grey joined this site. It was during the summer (almost two years ago), and she published Getting Over Leo a little after I posted The Heiress Bride. Even with the first book, her writing was so relatable and descriptive. But she definitely has come a long way since then. I think It Takes Two To Tango is my favorite novel of hers. It was so beautifully written, and it is impossible to tell that she isn't a dancer herself.
Kissmyoops would be the next person I really got to know. I first started to read War of the Sexes. The idea was interesting, and I loved her writing style. But I think the thing that sticks out the most about her writing is her endings. When I read the ending to that story, I was in shock. I remember being mad, but appreciating it for what it was worth. The rest of her stories are amazing. Superman Stole My Panties is definitely my favorite.
I'm pretty sure Charlie Layne was next. I remember she always left sweet comments on my novel. I checked her work out and immediately was intrigued. She always has great ideas for her novels, and I feel like she isn't afraid to break out of the boundaries. For example, her novel called Afflicted talks about a girl with a psychological disease. It's really interesting, and I never imagined reading anything like it.
The next person I met was vanessaxoxo. I remember first reading Fake Fiancée. It was an immediate hit on Booksie. Her writing flows so well, and I feel like anyone can easily get lost in her stories. Also, she is amazing at understanding emotions. I remember when she left comments on my story; she would guess everything that would happen correctly.
Teindre, aka Noelle. No Sparks Required. Hands down one of my favorite novels on this site. I am such a huge fan of her characters. I think her characters are my favorite. They have so much personality. And I love how sarcastic they are (especially in Bringing Back Brielle). Her short stories are also brilliant. I remember I was really surprised after reading Beautiful In. It was so sad and different from her novels. I think she's a really talented writer.
Finally, last but definitely now least, is Katie Cruz. Do You Love Me is a great high school story, and I really do appreciate those kinds of novels. It's great how she has so ideas for short stories and novels. Plus, she's always a nice person and a great friend to all the new people on Booksie.
Oh my gosh. This is such a long answer/response. I hope it's not too long. But I have to mention three more authors who aren't active on this site anymore. Lauryn842 is the reason why I signed up for a Booksie account. I was too lazy checking for her updates, so I signed up for an account so she could update me. I think her work is truly amazing. People should really check her stories out. I still get butterflies from reading her work. And another great author is Oleander. I think she took her stories down, but they were really well written. Finally, Dantana. I loved Over A Summer. I still remember the funhouse mirror scene. Gah. I loved that story. Yeah, I know…she's still technically active, but under Lucky Alyssa now. They all inspired my writing and helped me become better writer.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: The writing aspect. I have the ideas. I have an outline for my whole novel. I just can't get myself to sit down and write a chapter. That's why my updating schedule is so god awful. But I am really trying to improve.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Don't give up. You have to remember to write for yourself, and not others. Writing is such a great way to release your emotions and escape from the world. If you write just to get readers or to fulfill other people's wishes, I feel like it will become more of a job than something enjoyable.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Thank you!! I seriously am amazed and grateful that people read what I write. It really makes me feel like I am a part of something. They are the ones who motivate me to write more and finish my novels.
Q: Where are you from?