Yay! It's live! Those who remember my Exciting Stuff post will recall me mentioning doing an author interview on a one of my writer friend's blog and it went up today! Read it here.
I'll also paste it below:
Hi, Zara! Thanks for joining us today.
Thanks for having me. I got really excited when I saw your call for authors.
How does your real life interact/play a role in/interfere with your writing life?
Well, high school definitely takes up a lot of my time. Nightly homework and school papers tend to have me working around the clock, so it’s sometimes hard for me to write, but I still try and write at least 2,000 words a day, even if that means staying up to midnight (not good, I know, but what can I do?)
What genres have you written?
I have multiple WIPs right now, but I’m focusing on a fantasy romance. I also have a gritty Alice in Wonderland spinoff (not completely sure of the genre yet) and lastly, I’m writing a story about two best friends and their afterlives (probably more literary fiction, sort of coming of age, too).
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a converted plotter. I used to just start, then I would start and have an end, then fill in the gaps. But the more I tried those two tactics, the more I realized that I needed a complete outline (that I could change as I went along), but having a barebones outline has really helped me stay focused during the drafting process.
How many books have you written?
I’ve written two other books before, but they will never see the light of day. One turned into a pile of words, the conflict wasn’t as interesting as I once thought (but some of the ideas have made it into my fantasy romance) and the other was a very poor imitation of the Nancy Drew series.
What are a few interesting things you’ve studied/researched for your latest novel?
Well, I had to research ley lines and the War in Heaven (which was a hoot, since I’m not particularly religious). Everything else, I pretty much just use my imagination. And some stuff is from my experience (like getting a migraine. The pain is torture, I tell you.)
Who is your favorite character in your book? Why?
As, like a person I’d want to know? I’d probably my fallen angel, Caleb, who’s the romantic lead. He’s so conflicted that it’s adorable. And as a character to write? Lucifer–yes the devil–I make him super charismatic, so it’s fun to write his snarky comments and body language. He’s the embodiment of “handsome devil.”
Is there any part of writing that you don’t like?
Writer’s Block. But technically, that’s not writing. The part of the actual writing process that I dislike the most is probably the first draft. I personally like revising more than writing, but you can’t revise an empty page, so I just forge ahead so I can get to the good stuff in revision.
What’s your outlook on fan fiction?
I don’t dislike it, but I don’t read it and probably will never write it. To me, the author’s story is what it’s supposed to be and I leave it at that.
When you read, what is your favorite genre?
Romance, which is my main project. I also love paranormal/fantasy or dystopian fiction. I’m pretty mainstream in my reading list, but I don’t really care. What matters is that I enjoy the book, right?
Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
Listen to music, hang out with family, or play with my puppy, Riley.
Indie publishing or traditional publishing?
I still dream of getting a traditional publishing contract with an agent and everything, but the more I think about my stories, I think self-publishing may be my best bet and I’m fine with that. I have the determination and am savvy enough to pull it off. I’m just worried that if I do self-publish that I’ll kill my chances of ever going the traditional route, so I’m holding off on deciding and am just cranking out my drafts so that I have something to publish when the time comes.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
An editor, either for a publishing company (which is ideal) or for a journal or newspaper of some sort.
If you gave one or two of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Fawn would probably say, at the end of her story, “What the hell happened to my life?!” Caleb would most likely curse himself for falling in love. (both Fawn and Caleb are from 7th Heaven). Alice would wish she’d never made the mistakes she did and simultaneously be grateful for the experiences (from Where Madness Dwells). Eve and Lisa (from Eve is Dead) would be the same as Alice.
If you could have time travel abilities and could meet anyone from any time, who would you like to meet?
What's the weirdest thing you've Googled?
I don’t really Google weird stuff. That probably makes me boring, but it’s true. Weirdest is probably “what foods are poisonous for dogs” while my mom and I puppy-proofed our home in preparation for getting Riley.
Any advice for other writers?
Write as much as you can, but don’t censor or go back to edit until you reach a first draft. You can always change stuff later. Related to publishing, Know your audience (agent, editor, or the reader) and keep that in mind while writing, but never let that override what you want to write. (And also research all publishing routes and details thoroughly before making any decisions).
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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