What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I was always trying to read when I was younger because my older brother was in school and I wanted to do what he was doing so I begged my mom to read with me every night and before long I was reading anything I could get my hands on. I began writing because I was always making things up in my head and one day I decided to put them down. Most of my writing began in school so I think my teachers were probably the first to read things that I wrote.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I like fiction, romances and horror.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
My writings derive from many things. Either an idea that pops in my head, a dream that I have, or a situation that I've been through.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Book series like Twilight and the Hunger Games have been influences on my writing. I'm inspired a lot by poetry as well.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
I think to have a good story it needs to flow together. The order of the topics need to make sense. It needs to have excitement to keep hold of the readers attention and it needs to be suspenseful and keep them on edge.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I like first person. I find it easier to write in.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Katherine Applegate, and Jenny Han.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I think their actions need to be believable. I create mine usually based on a mix of people I know and are around.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I like to think so. I can usually come up with a story right off the top of my head. It doesn't always make sense, but it's a story nonetheless.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for myself. For the little girl that I promised would make it one day as a writer.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes. I put all of my emotions into my writing. That's where most of my poetry comes from is the feelings and problems that I've had bottled up and that are just begging to escape.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I think that reader feedback can help, but I prefer not to get feedback because I'm writing for myself, not for the satisfaction of others.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I do not. I've received school awards for my writing, but I don't put it out there to receive other awards.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
If I need to share a draft I usually go to an English professor that I trust and feel like will be honest with me.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe it's something that one is always searching for.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I think the satisfaction of reaching a goal is enough to help me make it through the writer's block and the nights where I can't find the energy to write.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I make sure I'm comfortable. I like for it to be quiet, but if it's too quiet I can get irritated so occasionally I play music in the background to help me focus and stay on task.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I use my computer for my writing. I don't print because I'm constantly going back and changing things. I edit using my computer, mostly.
When it comes to poetry, I have a book that I write everything down in. I transfer it to my computer later so I always have them backed up.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I don't usually share information or experiences online.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I haven't worked with any publishers yet. I haven't written anything I find the want to have published.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a romance/heartbreak novel. It's coming along nicely but I have a while before it will be finished. I'm always writing a new poem. I never sit down and think "Oh I'm going to write a poem" It's just a spur of the moment deal.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Start with close friends or family or even a professor. If you're not comfortable showing it to them, show it to a complete stranger, or put it out on a blog of some sort. Sometimes feedback from a stranger is easier to handle than feedback from people you know.
What hobbies have you got?
Reading, writing, singing, and oddly enough, exercise.
Which actor would you like to be?
If you were sent to a deserted island, which book, CD and film would you take with you?
I would take Beach Blondes, Speak Now-Taylor Swift, and Mean Girls.
It is 5 pm on a typical Sunday: what are you doing?
Going on a walk with my Mom.
Of what are you an addict?
How did you meet your current boy/girlfriend?
We met at Choir auditions freshman year of High School.
Please list something you have not yet done, but that you would definitely like to do someday.
To which other place in the world would you move without hesitation?
California, or London.
A word or expression that you love.
Which animal do you prefer for company?
What was your first crush like?
He was the class clown. Charming and funny and cute as a button.
What is most important to you in a relationship?
Is love a creative challenge?