Originally hosted by Happily Ever Chapter
How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
I usually say, “Harry Potter-like stuff. There’s magic, but it’s in the real world.” That’s usually enough to satisfy people’s curiosity without them looking at me like I’m crazy, haha.
What does your family think of your writing?
They’re so excited! My mom was basically my editor in high school, so she’s seen all my stuff and has always supported me and my dad is still convinced I’m going to be the next J.K Rowling. He pretends not to hear me when I tell him that’s unlikely. My aunts and uncles are all trying to call dibs on copies already, even though I’ve tried to explain it’s young adult, so they might not enjoy it that much. Still, we’re a big family, so having all of them cheering for me makes me feel incredibly loved.
Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
I’m currently working on the third “Faerie Court Chronicles” book and trying desperately to the world building done for that story I started in high school. The “Faerie Court Chronicles” will have two more books after the one I’m writing now, but I really want that other one done by the time I’m thirty. That’s five years from now, but a lot can happen in five years, especially when you have too write around the type of day job I’m about to start.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
Get off Facebook, get off Pintrest, sit your butt down, and write. I don’t care how you do it (though I highly advise outlining), just write. I’m not saying you need to get it all down in one day. We’ve all got jobs, kids, and twenty million other commitment, but that book’s completion is up to you and only you. If it’s something you really want to do, you owe it to yourself to set aside some time and at least get started. I swear it gets easier after that (in some ways, at least), but you’ve got to at least start. Do it. I believe in you.
Also, network, network, network. Get on social media, leave comments on blogs, what ever floats your boat. It’ll pay off in the long run when you’re trying to spread the word about your book and you want to spread the word about books you love along the way.
If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
Forward. Then I’ll come back knowing what I need to prepare for and what I need to do differently so, when the future does finally come, I can be completely ready.
We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right? If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter (does not need to be sexual) between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
I’d like to see the moment Arthur and Molly Weasley met. They were my favorite part of the Harry Potter series growing up, especially Molly, and I want to know what first drew them to each other.
If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Not a whole lot, honestly. Left over soup, milk, and some vegetables. I work nights, so I haven’t been cooking much lately and I try not to snack too much.