Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from Illinois J
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: My writing is so hectic right now, as of now I’m finishing ‘Playing With Fire’ and starting up my next Booksie novel which is ‘Nothing But A Pretty Face’. Also, I’m starting a teen fiction for watt pad. And of course, my brain is always floating with new ideas.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: So, when I was thirteen I was an avid reader, always having a book pressed against my nose (well, not really, but you know what I mean) and I would always read the ending and sometimes be impressed with it but most of the times I wanted it to end some other way. So, one day, I sat at my computer and just started writing alternate endings, it sprouted from there to novels.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I never actually considered myself a writer until I started posting on Booksie, it was then when I was writing so much all of the time that I guess I started realizing that this isn’t just a once-in-a-month kind of think, but an everyday kind of thing.
Q: What inspired you to write ‘Playing With Fire’?
A: Hmm. I think it was Phoebe Gardens actually, we were trying to think up plots for my next novel after ‘Meeting Zane Again’, and she introduced, ‘Bad Boy and Good Girl’. I played with the idea, but it wasn’t working! So I turned it around to ‘Bad Girl, Good Guy’ and it worked out pretty well.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Hmm. I would say that it’s descriptive and understanding if anything with the boy and girl’s point of view given. Lately, I’ve been trying out a one person point of view as well. Hmm, very loose sentences as well.
Q: How did you come up with the title for ‘Playing With Fire’?
A: Well, I came up with the summary first which had Toby, the lead male, having the temptation of pursuing the female lead. Kind of like he is playing with fire because he can easily get burned or heart broken in this case.
Q: Is there a certain message in ‘Playing With Fire’ that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: The message ‘Playing With Fire’ gives to my readers with all that the characters go through is the old saying, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, in my novel my characters will most likely surprise you because by reading the title and summary you probably already got them mapped out, but I want my novel to show readers that everyone has a story of their own.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in ‘Playing With Fire’?
A: A lot, actually, even as far as two male leads being inspired by real life people. Toby, the main male lead, is inspired by this really insanely good guy I knew in high school. You know what I’m talking about! We all have a really good guy that was at our high school that was all around good person! Then the other male lead, Cameron, the female lead’s best friend is inspired from my real life best friend. When things happen in my life as well, it gets in my novels, all good novels are rooted from some sort of experience.
Q: What books that you’ve read have influenced you writing the most?
A: Hmmm. A great Sarah Dessen or Nicolas Sparks book always has me going, both are such amazing writers!
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Yes, I am actually! I just bought new books this week! I bought Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan and Bitter End by Jennifer Brown. So, I can’t wait to start leaping to those novels this weekend.
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Hmm. Honestly, I try so hard to get to my reading requests but I’m so busy lately! I’m actually making it my goal to be an avid booksie reader again as I’m lacking in that department. But there are all kinds of new writers that have stories that look very interesting!
Q: What are your current projects?
A: As I listed before, currently finishing ‘Playing With Fire’, then ‘Nothing But A Pretty Face’, then my new teen fiction called ‘Just Breathe’, you can actually watch the trailer made for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1zmKs2M6w4 . I will be posting it on Wattpad soon.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: As much as I love writing I love the idea of being a teacher more, so, writing will saty as a published internet thing only.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in ‘Playing With Fire’?
A: No, I wouldn’t, I love the direction I made for the story! Which is rare but true!
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Hmm. The only challenging thin is writers block, I hate it so much, I have it in such a weird way when I would have my characters do crazy things! That’s how I know my mind is all jumbled and I have to take a break!
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Hmmm. There are so many favorite authors of mine I could not choose one, but my top three has to be, Lucky Alyssa, River Stevens, and my all time favorite writer, Phoebe Gardens although she doesn’t publish on here any longer.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: With ‘Playing With Fire’, the emotions, I don’t want to put too much or too less. It’s a very challenging and thoughtful process to writing very stressful situations like in ‘Playing with Fire’. So, that has to be the hardest part by far.
Q: Did you learn anything from ‘Playing With Fire’?
A: Hmm. Of course, I’ve learned because with every novel I feel a writer gets stronger but personally wise? No, probably not. All of what I’ve learned before I try to put into the novel so it’s kind of like being the teacher in this scenario.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: READ, READ, READ! Reading really helps, it helps you pick up on vocab, writing structure, and style, most of all ideas! I think reading avidly makes an amazing writer, personally.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Well, firstly, I can’t thank you enough for reading bits from my mind! I love you so much and appreciate you!
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