Q: Where are you from?
A: UK. :D
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: I’m already done writing TCD, so I’ll just be posting that in the meantime. One chapter per week. ALTHOUGH, I may be posting short stories now and then, who knows? :D
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: When is easy. I started when I was ten. I was a just-for-fun thing and I never thought it’d blow up to this. But it did. I cringe every time I read my old stories. They were horrible. Not like there’s that much of a difference right now, but still.
Why? Maybe because I have a gazillion crazy ideas just swimming around in my head, begging to be penned down? I’m kidding. But seriously, if I didn’t write them down, I’d never be able to concentrate on my daily activities.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: NEVER, actually. I write. I am not qualified enough to be a writer. I would never be able to commit myself to write that much anyway. It’s just a hobby of mine.
Q: What inspired you to write ‘The Cinderella Deception’?
A: Oh, that? Well, at first, I was thinking of joining some contest and the task was to write a short story based on a fairy tale. That’s originally how I started, but the idea of a modern-day Cinderella plagued me so much that I realized I could just go on and on writing 30 full chapters about it. But the basis for my plot (the whole saga about the guy picking up the girl’s journal and wanting to know more about it)…well, that was just something I randomly thought about. The girl being a modern day Cinderella was just a sub-plot.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: It’s varied. The style I have for novels is usually light-hearted. My short stories are usually more reflective and depressive.
Q: How did you come up with the title for ‘The Cinderella Deception’?
A: Well, I just thought about the one thing I hated most about Cinderella: She deceived the Prince into thinking she was some amazing beautiful girl when she was really just a servant. She made the entire Kingdom go wild by hiding away in her home and mopping the floors while they searched for the maiden with small feet. She deceived US, the audience, into thinking she was some helpless being when she actually had a fairy godmother at her beck and call.
Ultimately, Cinderella deceives. It’s what she does best: deception. Hence, the Cinderella Deception
Q: Is there a certain message in ‘The Cinderella Deception’ that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: Yes. Life’s full of unexpected surprises. Like randomly losing something, and meeting a bad boy because you’re trying to get it back. Like getting into all sorts of scrapes and trouble but falling in love in the end. Like feeling unappreciated the whole time but finding out that there will always be people who will support and be there for you no matter what. My male protagonist, Grady, is basically my reflection of what kind of curveballs life may throw at you at any time. You just got to take it as they come. If they’re bad surprises, like obstacles and what not, see it through. If they’re good surprises, enjoy it while you can. And live life to the fullest.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in your novel?
A: Not much. I seldom base my main characters on people I know. The events that happen in my novel aren’t a reflection of reality either. Which is why my work may seem unbelievable and surreal sometimes.
Q: What books that you’ve read have influenced your writing the most?
A: Hmm. My novels are usually influenced by teenage novels and chick lit authors (Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, Alexandra Potter, Elizabeth Scott). That’s why they usually end with a ‘happily ever after’. My short stories are different. I get inspiration from authors like Suzanne Collins, Chuck Palahniuk, Stieg Larsson). That’s why they normally have a depressed tone about it. That’s also why my readers always feel like killing me soon after they read my short stories.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Definitely! I will probably never stop reading. Right now, I’m reading 1984 and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Of course! I always take note of new authors who post comments on my page. I seldom comment on their work because of the lack of time, but I’m always adding new people to my reading list! :D
Q: What are your current projects?
A: Right now, I’m in the midst of writing two novels: Keep On Guessing, which is a sequel to TCD. And Perfecting This, which is the sequel to my short story, For Every Girl.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: NO. Never.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in ‘The Cinderella Deception’?
A: Yes! A lot! I am very dissatisfied with a lot of chapters and I feel the exact same way about everything I write. I happen to be a perfectionist, and my work is definitely anything but perfect.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Of course! The thing that I find hardest to overcome is when I’m plagued with an idea. For example, I have a new idea about what is to happen in the later part of the story (say Chapter 27) but I’m stuck at Chapter 11 because of some dialogue which doesn’t quite flow. That totally irks me, and I literally have to force myself to write the novel chapter by chapter.
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: There is no one favourite author. There never will be. Some of my favourite stories on Booksie come from the following authors: Katie Cruz, Ryderstokes, Forever After, River Stevens, Maddie Grey, Lucky Alyssa, Phoebe Gardens, Vanessaxoxo, Melbelle627, etc. There are seriously too many because so many people here write so well!
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Trying not to lose interest in it. It always happens for every novel. Somewhere in the middle I’d begin to hate each and every single one of the characters in the novel.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing ‘The Cinderella Deception’?
A: Noooo. I’m horrible at lessons learnt and these kind of things! Well, except that maybe I should never date a bad boy? Because he’ll be nothing but trouble for me? I guess??? :D
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Well, I haven’t much to say. Except to love what you write, and write what you love. That’s it! :D It’s what I always tell myself.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Definitely. I LOVE EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.
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