It’s time for a writerly interview with yours truly.
I’m linking up with our meme Beautiful People. Linky is open all month so jump over here and grab the questions! Instead of interviewing characters this week….we’re interviewing ourselves.
* The funny part is I am actually the most shy and awkward turtle of the universe, but shhhh. I’ll leave you with the image of me as Kuzco.
1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I attempt my first novel at 12. (I believe I wrote two chapters.) That aside, I really began writing at 15. After an entire pile of novella adventures in which I plagiarised Narnia, I finished my first real book that I was notoriously passionate about. People read it. They liked it. Life was golden.
This will be sixth year as a writer.
2. How/why did you start writing?
Most people have glorious answers for this like “I write because there is nothing else” and “I started writing because there was a story in me burning to be told”. Do you want the truth from me? THE REAL* TRUTH?
I began writing because my little sister did. And she was getting way to much attention.
Aren’t I inspiring and artful?
* There are, in fact, fake truths. I tell them all the time. I’m a writer, remember? I cheat. It’s similar to being a pirate except there’s less cool hats.
3. What’s your favourite part of writing?
How fun am I, right?! I actually find writing very hard. But sometimes the magic of the book swallows me and I just type and type and type. Mostly, though, it’s sitting back with that feeling of having made a whole world and thinking, “Wow, I am cool.” (Let’s not talk about rewrites or retrospect.)
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
- Self doubt is a biggie. I always think I suck. I’m never sure my ideas are original.
- Editing. I edit like a blind octopus and that’s embarrassing.
- Motivating myself to rewrite. I’m okay once I get going! But getting there…unnngh.
- Worrying I won’t reach my dream! Come now! Don’t we all panic about this?? Will I get published? Will I be the next Best Author Ever? Will I be able to get away with just giving my own novels out to people for Christmas/birthdays for the rest of eternity?
5. Do you write best at night or day?
It used to be night! But when I finished highschool, daytime became the best for me. I write best in 1-hour increments directly after a snack.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
My writing space has changed drastically over the years.
Once up on 2 years ago, it looked a lot like this:
Now it looks remarkably like this:
Yes, I have comic background images and a sea-themed quilt with a turtle that I literally sneaked and stole from my mother. And I would use my desk but…that isn’t happening, folks, because my desk looks like this…
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
My average is 50,000-words in 10 days. I like this. I do it often. It’s comfortable. (I have to write fast, peoples, because I literally loose the plot if I don’t. My memory is shocking. Who even are you??)
Although I have nailed 75,000-words in 7 days. And I once wrote an MG of 40,000-words in 4 days.
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
ONE. Only ever one.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I like sad endings. I like endings that burn down the book, your feels…practically the whole world. Yes I am that kind of author. Even my sister finished one of my books and said, “Was that necessary?”
To which I replied:
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
- Suzanne Collins: made me try present tense.
- Maggie Stiefvater: had me fall in love with paranormal and odd quirky characters.
- Sarah J Maas: made me realise fantasy is cool and doesn’t have to sound like Tolkien.
- Michael Grant: taught me how to me write short, crisp sentences and…let everyone die.
- Veronica Roth: taught me that an author always knows what they’re doing and that they need to stay true to the characters, not their audience.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
I do and I don’t. I’ve had several epic readers over the years and they’ve all taught me insanely good stuff. (Including my mum, my sister Mime, Ashley, Caitria, and Sky.) Currently I have the best critique partner of ever, Emily.
I’m always very nervous about my writing because it’s a) dark and scary and b) rarely written in the same style as my blog. WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK?! But I don’t ever hide my writing because I want to be published someday and what’s the point of writing if no one ever reads it?
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
To be published. To be famous. To own a dragon.*
* This is definitely writing related because RESEARCH.
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
I really have no answer for this. None. I would become a professional reviewer, except that that’s technically writing isn’t it?
I think I would rule the world and be fair but firmly cruel.
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
There. are. so. many.
My brain is being constantly pestered by this idea of a heist story. It has crime families, professional thieves, and prison breaks and I don’t know how to write it. I constantly mull over it in my skull…the characters change, the plot changes, the setting changes. It goes paranormal and then back to plain thriller. IT IS JUST NOT READ TO BE BAKED YET.
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
This goes to the novel that is, as we speak, with my agent. (So I can’t actually give details!) I was told constantly that it “wouldn’t work”. Seriously…how depressing can people be?! I’ve rewritten it from scratch over 10 times and edited it twice as many. I first wrote it when I was 15 and I’m still passionate about it. Even if it never finds a publishing house, this will be the story of my HEART.
Oh gosh, is that a tear? This vulcan is getting all passionate and emotional. Gesundheit.
if you’ve done the linkup, feel free to link me to your post! and my writerly friends, time for a question for you to answer now: do you let people read your writing?! is it easy/hard for you?
and bonus question as added wisely by Ana! which clearly needs to be asked…
what’s your favourite writing drink/snack?!
Cait is trying to write this post while a certain rambunctious puppy chews her toes. It’s distracting. She has been quite slack in the blogging world lately, but it’s HOT in Australia. It’s stinkingly meltingly hot. She just wants to swim in ice cream and read good books. (Speaking of which, she’s nearly finished the 4th Skulduggery Pleasant book!)