Q: What time of day do you write?
A: I’ve written at all times of the day, but I generally have a much harder time writing earlier in the day. My most creative writing typically happens between the hours of 10pm and 2am.
Q: Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real people?
A: Some of the initial character design comes from real people, at least in terms of looks and sometimes gestures. It’s kind of funny because while I’m a total Chatty Cathy, I also really enjoy watching people. For the purposes of writing, though, I typically start out with a visual of someone I’ve seen, and match them to a personality idea I have in my mind for the developing story.
Q: Do you keep a notebook with you all the time in case idea pop into your mind?
A: I don’t, actually. My story ideas develop gradually, so I end up letting them sort of percolate through my mind until there are at least enough scenes to start seeing a general shape.
Q: What’s the most difficult part of writing?
A: To some degree, titles. I always come up with my titles either towards the end of writing the story, or after the story is already done. The really difficult moment is when I know where the story needs to end up, but I’m a good two or three scenes away from it and I’m not sure how the characters are going to get there.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer? When did you start writing?
A: I think I’ve wanted to be a writer for most of my life, although I can recall wanting to be a paleontologist when I was about five. It’s tricky to say when I started writing, because I was composing stories and even little speeches and things when I was quite young. But I remember that one day when I was about seven or eight my mother introduced me to a word processor. She had a heavy workload and a lot of stuff to do with all the kids, so she suggested that I use the word processor to tell my stories through, probably as a self-defense mechanism.
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