My friend, Andrea so kindly gave me an interview so that you could learn more about me.
What is your current WIP(Work-in-Progress) about? It’s about a girl named Meryl who lives with her aunt -her only living family- in their English cottage, until 1668, when everything changes. Aunt Clara catches the plague. Meryl can no longer stay, so she is sent away. Little does she know, not a week later she will be running away to London to escape dreadful prospects. But they follow her there. She must find a way to avoid -or confront- the one who is pursuing her for nefarious reasons.
What’s your favorite book of all time? Oh, that’s a very hard decision to make. I must say it’s a toss-up between the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’.
What’s your favorite part about writing? I love being able to channel my imagination in ways that make sense, have meaning, and provoke thought. It’s a wonderful outlet.
What’s the hardest part for you in the story-writing process? Outlining. I hate figuring out what happens and how. It’s rather draining. I generally get halfway through the outline and start writing. BAD IDEA. DON’T DO THAT. OUTLINE ALL THE WAY BEFORE YOU START WRITING.
Do you have any pets? I had 12 chickens, but some got eaten by wild creatures and we gave the rest away. So no pets.
What are some of your hobbies? Writing, reading, and drawing.
What’s your favorite school subject, besides writing, of course? History and Geography.
Have you ever fangirled over a charrie[character]? (Not an actor, a charrie.) If so, what charrie was it? Hmm. I’d have to say I probably have, but I can’t remember right now.
Are you a writer that is exploding with story ideas, or do you struggle to find a new one? Kind of both. The slightest comment can set my mind on a journey to outer space, but if I don’t develop it, the idea sometimes goes dead. I try to take my stories one or two at a time, so if I get an idea, I try to put it in my current story and if that doesn’t work I save it for later.
How long have you been homeschooled? Pretty much all my life. I did go to preschool though.
Do you have any siblings? Yes, I have a younger sister.
What’s your favorite animal? I like llamas and giraffes.
Do you think you want to make a profession out of writing? I’m not sure at this point, but it’s a possibility.
What was your childhood dream job? Librarian.
What would you tell someone who hates their own writing? Keep it up. Ask an honest, close, friend what they think about it. Get good feedback. Do your best to improve. Practice makes perfect!
What’s the most helpful sort of feedback for you personally? (i.e. General feedback, specifics about sentences, etc.) A line by line critique, with specific things I need to change. Overall thoughts are all right too.
When you read a book, what’s the thing you expect the most of? (The actual plot, the characters, the setting, etc.) Characters are probably top on the list, and a wholesome plot comes next, but the setting is pretty important too… That was a hard question to answer specifically.
How do you develop your characters? There are lists of scenarios that I have and seeing what my characters would do in each one helps immensely with developing. I also write drabbles starring different characters.
What do you enjoy writing most? (As in books, short stories, poems, etc.) I like short stories. But also poems. And novels are fun too. Skits are also great. You know, I really don’t think I can choose.
What genre do you enjoy reading most? My favorite genre used to be historical fiction, but now I think I like fantasy more.
What do you think of fanfiction? It must be well written. That is VITAL. There’s so much trash out there. But as long as it’s well written and not for the purpose of adding romance or ‘how it should have ended’ if you will, it can be quite enjoyable.
If you could go back to any time and place in history, where would you go? Hardest question ever. Right now I’ll say I’d go back to England, 1668, to do a bit of scouting for my novel. I could create an entire list of times and places I’d like to go back to though.
Why do you write? I write because it is a wonderful outlet for ideas and thoughts and feelings that must come out. And because writing is fun.