Q: Where are you from?
A: Scotland, UK, but I hate it beyond words. None of my novels will ever be set in the UK, unless my characters are there on vacation or something haha.
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Well, I’m still working on Did I Mention I Love You-Part 1: Tyler, I Love You, BUT I have started part @. I also have a new novel in the pipeline which I’m starting next year once DIMILY is completed finished.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I’m not sure quite when I started, but I’m sure it was about primary 3 or 4. I use to write one page stories and hand them into my teacher, and she had a folder called “Estelle’s Stories” which she left out on the window for people to read. I loved that haha. And then as I went through primary school I use to always win star writer haha, I remember the days. Then one day I thought to myself, “right, going to try a long story.” I’m sure I was about 10 or 11 because I started it when I just moved into my old house. I thought I was so cool with my finished, 8,000 word story haha. I don’t really write for a year after that. I don’t know what happened. But then I started again, (July 2010) writing was different. Yes, I write primarily because it’s fun. At the same time, I love creating my own world which I can throw myself into whenever I want. So, in answer to your question, I started writing in July 2010 simply because I enjoy it.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I don’t, and won’t ever will. “Writers” to me are more people whose careers are writing.
Q: What inspired you to write ‘Did I Mention I Love You’?
A: You know what, I really can’t remember. I know it was at the start of 2011, so it’s been a year since I first thought of the idea. I’m sure I read a book on Booksie about a girl and a guy who couldn’t be together because of the huge age gap.
And that’s what got me thinking about the things that block people from being together. That’s how I got on to thinking about the laws regarding incest. And then I thought of writing a novel about step-siblings who liked each other and it went from there. I started writing it on June 6 last year.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: It depends on the scenes. If it’s a light-hearted scene then I try to add humor. If it’s a depressive scene then I keep the humor out and the deepness in.
Q: How did you come up with the title for your novel?
A: I couldn’t think of anything, haha. And I’d finished chapter 1 and I wanted to post it but I needed a title. So I just quickly put “Did I Mention I Love You?” and told myself I could change it later. But eventually it’s just stuck. There’s not really a valid reason behind it, haha.
Q: Is there a certain message in the novel that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: I want them to understand the themes. The main themes in DIMILY are incest and child abuse. There’s all the complications that come with incest regarding whether or not the laws are unfair. Also, to show how much a childhood of abuse can destroy someone’s life. DIMILY isn’t one of those novels that teach people life lessons, you know? The purpose of DIMILY is enjoyment.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in your novel?
A: For the storyline itself, that’s completely fictional. However, I got the name Eden from my little cousin. Ellie and Freya are also names of my other little cousins. Tyler’s appearance is based on my crush (shhh;p) and Eden’s appearance is based on a girl I know. ‘The Blue Room’ is actually the name of the hari salon I work it. All the staff there are real. The wedding dance Eden and Tyler went to, I went to the week before J I sort of get ideas from reality and throw them into the book.
Q: What books that you’ve read have influenced your writing the most?
A: Definitely Luisa Plaja’s books. I love the way she writes and I try to copy her style. I actually email her, haha, we email each other quite a lot so it’s awesome to be getting writing tips and feedback form a published author.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Split by a Kiss (fourth time haha) by Louisa Plaja and The Cinderella Deception by Teindre (Noelle) on Booksie.
Q: Are there any new authros that have grasped your interest?
A: Mainly people on Booksie. Especially Noelle and Forever After.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: Did I Mention I Love You?
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: No, just a hobby.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your novel?
A: I’d change the way I wrote it. I wouldn’t change anything to the storyline.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Getting the ideas down on paper! I can think all day of ideas but as soon as I open Wordpad I hit a wall.
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Noelle and the simplicity of her writing. Her short stories are breathtaking.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Keeping the dialogue flowing, definitely.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing ‘Did I Mention I Love You?’
A: I learned not to judge people. You don’t know what they’ve been through.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Don’t force yourself to write. Write because you want to.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: I love you?