-I really wanted to ask you this question! It’s not exactly about your book though...You are so young, only a year younger from us at the blog, but yet you have achieve so much! I'm wondering, how you manage to find time for everything?
Awww. That’s awesome! I was wondering what your age was. Well, I’m extremely organized and prioritized. I know exactly when I have to do something. I line up deadlines against the importance of the event or assignment. That’s basically it!
-On your book now. I want you to describe it in just once sentence.
BLIND THIRST deals with a love affair between families that have a large history together that is not positive at all.
-Now you can tell us a bit more about it. A small summary by you.
The actual summary for the book is the summary I wrote myself. J
-You have picked a genre (YA) with hundreds of books the last years. You did that on purpose, or you just start writing?
I just started writing. I initially didn’t care what category or genre it fell under; it was just me creating a world outside of this one. I never really concerned myself with what it was, just what I was doing with it.
-What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, games, movies etc?
My friends actually inspire me to write. I listen to their interests and I try to combine them. But of course I do because everything is derived from something else.
-Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?
I usually do research DURING the writing process. It’s so the research is fresh and I can properly combine the storyline with factual information. If there’s a character I created where I didn’t experience what they have personally, I do research the problem. I put myself in their shoes to the best of my ability.
-Which scenes were the hardest to write?
None of them actually. Now in the novel I’m working on right now there are some tough ones simply because it’s a more emotional storyline. It’s more realistic. It’s more mature. I’ve matured in writing a lot since I was 17. I knew that when I published at 18 that my future work would be a large stretch from Blind Thirst and it is.
-How long has it taken you to write a book?
Blind Thirst took 3 months. My current one has taken over a year. I’m taking my time. It’s also taking longer because of college, but I do hope to get it out by Fall 2011.
-What’s the best part of writing for you?
Being able to create my own world. Being able to escape from the not so happy aspects of life and going into something amazing that I can control.
-Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?
Yes I am. Reading and writing simultaneously.
-Did you have support at the beginning and/or during your writing?
I did, yes. My family knew not to disturb me. That was how they supporter me. Haha. I was like HEY GUYS I’M GONNA GO WRITE AND YOU’RE GONNA STAY RIGHT HERE! Haha. No, but seriously my family and friends supported me. We always support each other.
-Did you always had in mind to be a writer or it just happened?
Since I was 8 years old I knew I wanted to be a writer. You should see my bookshelf. I’m ridiculous. I go to the bookstores and treat it like Christmas. I stock up on all types of novels. I just don’t like non-fiction. That’s the only thing I won’t buy.
-How important you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
It’s extremely important to me because though I originally stated I’m writing for myself (which I still am) it’s grown into a shared project. I want my readers to read my work and feel that they were apart of it because they were. So I read what everyone says. I take it into deep consideration, and depending on the comment I work to improve my work or add or subtract. Not always. Haha, but often. Because everyone wants something different and you can’t please them all.
-Are you working on any other projects except writing, right now?
Yes. I’m working on a children’s organization with my sister. I’m also working on fan sites for a few of my favorite entertainers. That’s about it.
-You have an amazing fanbase! They are all so supportive! How do you feel about it?
Oh my God. I feel absolutely incredible. I never thought an author could mean THAT much to anyone! They are all my sweethearts though. I want to continue to make them happy and proud. They’ve done so much for me and I appreciate each of them from the bottom of my heart. They are a loyal, amazing, insanely wonderful group of people.
-What you would say to any other young writers out there? If I’m not mistaken, most people who start a book don’t finish it. I know I didn’t XD
Hahaha. It can be slightly complicated to finish, but it’s all about discipline really. If you believe enough in what you’re writing no matter if it’s fantasy, drama, comedy, whatever…if you believe in it you’ll make it happen. I know writer’s block to be an evil little thing, but if you get that frequently as I do just take a step away from your novel. Take a break. Don’t force it. It will come in time.
Now some simple questions^^
-Your favourite books and author?
All Dean Koontz novels.
-Your favourite band/singer?
Michael Jackson, Nsync, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Paramore, Zapp & Roger, Tyra B, the Fray, Cloud Cult, Linkin Park, and many others
-Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter since it’s easier to keep up with fans.
-Favourite place in the world?
Home. Haha. Okay the Bahamas.
-Last movie you watched at the cinemas?
-The last book you’ve read?
Whispers By Dean Koontz
-Writing, reading or hanging out with friends?
Ohhhh. That’s my 3 favorite things! Okay….friends!
-If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?
A graphic designer.
-Oh you write for supernatural! What’s your favourite supernatural species?
-Hmmm..what about elements? Which one you think is more like you.
The rain? I guess...haha…It eventually touches every surface and my goal in writing is to touch on every genre.
-And last one....printed or ebooks?
Printed. Ebooks irk me.