Q: When and why did you begin writing?
A: I began writing short stories and poetry when I was a child. I always felt that I could “improve” upon the stories that I had read, put my own spin on them. I always felt that there was more than one way and more than one “happily ever after”.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I think I first considered myself a writer when one of my poems and short stories were selected by my English teacher to be read in front of the class as the “perfect example” for the given assignment.
Q: What inspired you to write your first book?
A: My inspiration was more of a who than a what. My sister inspired me to write my first book. She was an avid reader. When she died suddenly and unexpectedly, I wanted to find a way to still connect to her, and writing helped me to do that.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: I do see writing as a career. I view a career as something you enjoy, something you want to do for the rest of your life. I view a job as something that you have to do until the career takes off. I like to think of myself as a writer who has a side job.
Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: My interest in writing stemmed from my love of reading. For every book or short story that I read, I would think of alternate endings or different adventures that the characters could take. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I needed to be writing.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: The most challenging thing I find in my writing is limiting myself to one book or work at a time. Sometimes, my mind is going about a million different places at once. I find that I have to rein myself in and focus on one storyline at a time.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Just start. It doesn’t matter if you are not sure of the direction, just start writing. You will be surprised at how quickly the book just takes over and starts to write itself.
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