- How long have you been
I think I was writing even before I knew what it was or how do to it. When I was little, as early as two, I used to sing people songs, which I believe turned into my writing poetry later. I've also always had a number of worlds inside my mind and a load of imaginary friends. I think my love of writing started when I was about eight. I started keeping a journal and from there I created poetry books.
- Where do you get your ideas?
This is an interesting questions. To be honest, I am not entirely sure. I suppose that I get some of them from things that are going on around me or in the world. Others must come from things I read or movies I watch. Like I said, I've always lived in various fantasy worlds. Plus, I love to watch people. It is always interesting to guess what they do, where they came from, or where they are going.
- How do you develop your
I often start with an idea and then brainstorm around it. I'll look at possible themes for chapters and try to develop a conflict from there. I don't often write from start to finish. I tend to have a file with various pockets, and I write chapters and ideas as they come to me. In fact, often I have an ending before I have a beginning.
- Do you have a set
timeline/deadline when writing?
I try to have some sort of target in mind. It doesn't mean that I always meet it. Writing is a process and each piece is different. A lot of it depends on how much research needs to be done. I do tend to procrastinate when it comes to the editing.
- Are your characters based on
people you know?
I suppose to some degree they are. I mean it would be impossible to not to take traits from people we are constantly surrounded by. That being said, the characters are also completely independent. I am often just as surprised as my readers by some of their actions. I've even found myself yelling at characters for their choices or crying when something bad happens to them.
- What is your favourite style
I wish I knew. Like so many things in my life, I love a wide variety. I tend to enjoy writing tween novels: middle readers and young adult. Although, some of them cross over into teen novels. I would say that most of them tend to have some element of surprise or twist. I generally fall back onto more the true-to-life plot lines. However, I am currently writing a fantasy and a science fiction.
I go through periods where I write a bunch of poems and then for years not a single one.
I love to write picture books. I just wish that I could find someone to illustrate them.
I am also writing an autobiography on living with mental illness. I am having a hard time with it though. How does when end a book, when the main character, in this case me, is still evolving?
Add to that a couple of educational guides, letters to the editor, blogs, and magazine articles.
- What do you enjoy reading?
I've never been a big romance or western reader, but otherwise I pretty much like it all. I have a habit of reading a lot teen books, but perhaps that is because I find myself writing for that audience.
I like a book that will make me feel something, no matter what the emotion is. It has to have a strong story line and well developed characters. It is also helpful if I can create the images in my mind or actually find myself becoming one with the book.
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