1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I have been writing - as I like to joke about - since kindergarten, but I didn't realize I wanted to be a writer until late middle school. Like, I have a notebook of a story I wrote in 4th grade and more in-between, but before middle school - where I started entering competitions - that I realized I wanted to actually be a writer.
2. How/why did you start writing?
I just always have - as I was talking about in the previous question. I just... do.
3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
Dialogue. I like to think I'm pretty good at it, and it's the most fun for me to write. Sometimes I need to reel the characters back, though.
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Keeping track of my large ensemble cast - sometimes I will have to write a list and basically check to make sure I haven't forgotten anyone. Especially animals - I constantly forget Asvorian and Hanuel.
5. Do you write best at night or day?
I write best when there is something else I should be doing.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
Well, when I'm not out on my laptop or using a notebook for a rough draft, I'm at my desk:
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
So a rough draft will usually take about a month, because I focus on the key scenes I want to include, and then about a year for the rewrite so far, though I would like to improve that time.
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... too many.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I prefer writing happy endings, but usually after dragging my characters through a lot of terrible things, so...
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
Tamora Pierce, Isaac Asimov, Tanith Lee
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
Absolutely - I love talking about my stories and hearing what other people think.
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
To make a living wage doing what I love.
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
I honestly have no idea - maybe something working with people?
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Uh, the last book in the Wildflowers Saga, ha ha - I have 15 books to get there, though, so hopefully I will work my way up to it.
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
I don't know if this means a story I'm writing or one I've experienced - writing wise, the Wildflowers Saga and side stories about it. Experience wise, I never get tired of the movie Ever After.