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
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
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
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
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
Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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