1) Why did you decide to start writing?
Who knows! I have been writing since I learned to pick up a pencil. Telling stories is what I always wanted to do. It wasn't a choice really. As I've aged, I've learned to appreciate the beauty of the words themselves and like to think I have a flair for stringing them together. Writing has pulled me out of darkness, distracted me from pain, and helped me fly. If my stories do for readers one-tenth of what they've done for me, I'll be happy.
Authors should write what they feel passionate about. Just as your reading tastes evolve over time, so too does what you want to write.
3) What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?
There are so many. It's creation, right? It's immortality. It's giving the voices in your head flesh and blood (well, ink and page anyway). Being able to share those voices and their story with other people? That's pretty awesome. "It's why cavemen drew on walls". But the best part is the part where THEY take over the story. Where I just become an extension of their will, their wants, and the characters practically take physical form. Where even I as the writer don't know what happens next.
4) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?
My favourite book of all time is probably Hugo's Les Miserables; it never ceases to inspire me with its beauty. I adore Christopher Rice's works (he's one of those authors that successfully jumped genre). Armistead Maupin has an exquisite mastery of language, blending drama, comedy, and heart. And I love to escape into a good epic fantasy (Tolkien, Rowling, Martin, pre-Sanderson Wheel of Time). I also have an immediate love of any Oz, Wonderland, or Neverland stories; most recently that has found me devouring Dorothy Must Die and the prequels by Danielle Paige.
It's so easy to procrastinate. You can be writing away and OOH SOMETHING SHINY and next thing you know you've been on Facebook for twelve hours and not written a damn thing. And reviews. That is my new hurdle. A bad review can be a hard thing to overcome, but as emotionally devastating as they are, they aren't why we do what we do. We write for ourselves, and for the people who will enjoy it. Not every story will please everyone.
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