Can you introduce yourself? Hey! I'm Cait! I'm 19 and a homeschool graduate. I LOVE to write. I've been writing seriously for the last 4 years, and so far I've finished 10 books. I'm addicted to peanut butter, running, and the Avengers (Iron Man, people, seriously Iron Man). I live in Australia! G'day, mate!
What was your reaction when you learned you won our competition? Total surprise! I'd forgotten I entered! One of my friends commented on my blog, congratulating me, and I was (embarrassingly) like, "What? What did I win??!!" Least to say I was SO excited. I've been having a tough time with my writing, so coming 1st in a contest really encouraged me.
What was your inspiration to write THIS story? I was jealous of Tolkien and CS Lewis, seeing they had cool fantasy worlds and I didn’t. So I made my own. It’s changed a LOT since I wanted a traditionally fantasy. I added in inspiration from my trip to China (Kung-Fu is kind of awesome!) and my insane fascination with the Amazon jungle.
When and why did you first start writing (in general)? My little sister started writing. I could NOT let her do something without me, so naturally I started. We’re writing-buddies now. Which is plain awesome.
What's your favorite part of the process? Least favorite? Favourite and least favourite? I’m torn! I really, really love the first-drafting process because I can write whatever I feel like and not worry if it “works” or not. Second-drafting means I have to work hard and fix stuff (insert weeping and gnashing of teeth). But I feel really good when I have a draft polished. YAY! Moment of awesomeness! (I live in my delusion until my beta-readers get a hold of it…ah. Reality strikes.)
Favorite character to write and why? Favorite book to read for fun? Favourite character: Micah. He’s a teen assassin, wicked with the longbow, and sarcastic. What’s not to love? Favourite book to read for fun? I don’t have time to reread, but I do LOVE The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Dystopian is my favourite genre.
How long have you been working on this project and what stage are you at? Ah, I beat you then! I’ve been working on this book, on and off, for 3 years! Loooong time, I know. Every few months I decide it needs another rewrite. ;) I’m querying for agents at the moment.
Some advice for other writers? Any book recommendations for fellow writers? Don’t get hung up when your writing sucks. Just keep going. If you KNOW your writing isn’t as good as it could be, then you have good taste! And don’t let anyone crush your writing dream. If you want to be an awesome author, you go for it.
As for book recommendations, I definitely say read in your genre. If you’re writing Young Adult Contemporary, make sure you’ve read a lot of it. It’s important to know what’s “been done” and what’s considered “cliché” for that genre.
And links we can find you? Come visit me at Notebook Sisters! I co-blog with my little sister and we write about reading and writing (and, okay, we occasionally fangirl over superheroes). You can find me on Twitter and Facebook too. I also blog as Hulk at YAvengers. I’d love to meet you! Come say hi!
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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