Q:Where are you from?
A: I’m just your average girl from a little town in England
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: My dad used to read me bedtime stories when I was younger and I always wanted to have my novel read as a bedtime story, though I don’t write that kind of thing now. I’ve been writing stories and poems for as long as I can remember! I used to fold up wads of paper to make books about toys coming alive and Angelina Ballerina’s Halloween. It’s super embarrassing now though!
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I really don’t consider myself a writer! I’ve always thought of writing as a way of expression and a possible career if I could ever be good enough. A lot of the things that I write are reflections of me or have some of my traits, like my extensive sarcasm, in them. I use writing as a comfort blanket and as air, it makes me happy and keeps me alive.
Q: What inspired you to write ‘(It Started With) Cooties and Clichés’?
A: 2010 and 2011 brought a lot of change and trouble into my life and I had to adapt and get my head around different situations pretty quickly. I thought about how drastic one outcome of my life could be, and what it would be like to have everything ripped away right from under my feet. My novel is based on that and things that I couldn’t control, which is reflected with Rose’s moving to Ireland. I’m also a completely hopeless romantic, so I thought I’d bring a guy into the equation. I think Rose and Zach’s relationship is my way of making me feel better after my own relationship ended in disaster and comforting myself with what I could possibly have one day. But generally, the whole plot for Cooties and Clichés came to me when I was sitting on my roof with my regular cappuccino.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Hmm... I’ve never thought about a writing style before! I think... I’m a messy writer! I’ll just scribble lines down onto scraps of paper or in the back of a notepad, or I’ll see something or a situation I may or may not be involved in, and scribble that down too! I find my scribbles lying all around my room. Whatever I write is usually inspired by some torn up, mindless scribble. And it depends if I like it or not. Since the start of this year, though, I’ve become an OCD perfectionist with my poetry.
Q: How did you come up with the title for ‘(It Started With) Cooties and Clichés’?
A: I thought about how we change and have phases through our lives. I’m pretty convinced that all younger children think the opposite sex their age have some kind of lethal germs they need to keep themselves protected from. I added the ‘Clichés’ because I thought about how love and romance is clichéd to be boy meets girl, they hate each other and fall for each other, so I thought I’d play about with it.
Q: Is there a certain message in the (It Started With) Cooties and Clichés that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: This is the first time I’ve thought about this... but yes, I think so. Take risks in life. Fight for what you want, no matter what, because once you’ve fought and gotten through it, you’ll never regret it.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in your (It Started With) Cooties and Clichés?
A: Gosh! I didn’t even think this question would pop up! But reality did play a rather big part, give or take a few fictional alterations and exaggerations. Rose is very much me; under confident, confused about what she wants... her fear of loving isn’t really a reflection of me, I’m just extremely guarded and pretty incapable of love right now! The other characters, like Zach and Brea, they have stolen qualities from people around me but been sculpted into what I wanted them to be.
Q: What books that you’ve read have influenced your writing the most?
A: Another hard one!!! I read all the time, but I don’t really think that they’ve influenced me.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: I’m definitely not reading as much as I usually do, but I have to read at night when my insomnia keeps me awake. Right now, my little sister wanted my opinion on one of her books, so I’m reading Abandon by Meg Cabot. Oh! I’m reading a lot of Booksie novels when I have time, too, if they count!
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Booksie has so many amazing authors! But I have to say Forever After and EmptyStarGazer (Vic) have really amazing work, and they’re such lovely people!
Q: What are your current projects?
A: ’m very near the end of Cooties and Clichés, which is exciting, because I hardly ever finish my novels! After that, I’m going to go back to all those un-finished novels to edit, and re-publish them.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: Definitely! It’s a hobby and a passion of mine, but I’d love to write professionally.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in ‘(It Started With) Cooties and Clichés’?
A: I’ve already written the ending, though it’s not up on Booksie yet, but I feel like there could be an alternate ending. I don’t know how my readers will react, but I do love surprises, so I’ll have to wait and see.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: I know my tenses suck, I switch back and forth, or so I’ve been told. It bugs me, because I don’t realise where or when I do it.
Q: Who is your favourite author on Booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Oh no! This is such a mean question! I absolutely cannot choose!! There are so many amazing authors and people on this site that I consider friends! Though I have to say, volleyballgirl13’s novel Love Thy Enemy made me laugh and cry and fall in love with romance novels as a whole. If you haven’t read it, go read it right now! And Christian Taylor’s poems are truly a pleasure to read over and over.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I think capturing the emotion and the figuring out the way the relationships should form and strengthen between the characters.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing ‘(It Started With) Cooties and Clichés’?
A: I actually learned about Irish tradition and their language! I absolutely love Ireland, and although I’ve only been once, I’m utterly in love with the accent, the people and the way their culture is. Oh, I learned that I aren’t as bad as I think I am at writing, even after all the screaming off of Swetha! (Iris nineriel)
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: I’ll wing it; you can laugh if it is really that bad! I think, read, read, read, and write, write, write. If you read, you’ll understand novel structure. When you write, you understand yourself and your progress as a writer. Have faith in yourself, you can do it if you B&Q it, you know! And write from your heart; write exactly what you want to write, not what you think other people want you to write. If you do, you’ll write something magical, and nobody can ever take that away from you! Oh! For non-Booksian’s – join Booksie. It is one of the best things you’ll ever do!
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: I’m going to be a cliché right now. I love you guys! You make me laugh and you make me cry, and you make my day leaving your little orange boxes on my page! I appreciate it more than anything! And readers or randomers, come talk to me! I can talk for England and I don’t bite. :D