1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I think I got really serious about my passion for writing when I was in seventh grade. My passion has only grown every single year since.
2. How/why did you start writing? I have always been a reader. Even when I couldn’t read, I tired my parents out every night by asking them to read the same Hawaiian Mother Goose book over and over again. When I finally could read and write, it was only natural that I begin emulating my favorite authors and stories by writing my own stories. I filled up notebook after notebook with stories and articles. (Yes, I wrote articles avidly when I was little. They were cheesy ones about fishing and Native Americans and pioneers, but I still think it was fascinating that I loved to write nonfiction when I was little, and still do.)
3. What’s your favorite part of writing? My favorite part of writing is seeing an idea come to life as I write it. I get excited about so many of my ideas, and when I start to see my stories, articles or poems coming together, it’s the most wonderful feeling.
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle? My biggest struggle as a writer is trying to write a story so that it matches what I have in my head. My writing is never as beautiful as it is in my head, but the more I write, the better I get.
5. Do you write best at night or day? I write much better at night. I used to be better at writing in the morning, but then high school happened. Now I have to wake up really early and I’m too bleary eyed to do any writing in the morning. At night, my writing flows.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!) My writing space changes all the time. It is most often my desk, but sometimes I write sitting on my bed. It all depends.
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft? Well, the first novel I wrote took me about a year to write. Now, I’m in the middle of the first draft of a second novel, and I think that this will be finished in a total time of three months. It’s a big difference from my first novel, which I’m quite happy with.
8. How many projects do you work on at once? I try to only work on one novel at a time. However, I can work on some short stories, poems or articles at the same time.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between? I like to write mostly happy endings, but some of my story endings are happy with a twinge of sadness.
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey. ALL OF THEM. Every single book I read has influenced my story. I suppose I still have to narrow it down a bit, though. Let’s see, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harper Lee, C.S. Lewis, Clare Vanderpool, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Rachel Coker, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and so, so, many other authors have influence my writing. I’m probably forgetting a bunch of them.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not? Oh yes, all the time, but I only let other people read my edited writing. NO ONE gets to see my first drafts. Showing my work to other people makes me braver with my writing and allows me to get valuable critique. Also, if I want to publish a book someday, I better get used to showing other people my writing.
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream? To get a book published. I know this won’t happen for a while, but right now I’m just trying to improve my craft. I would also like to see my work in a print magazine. This is happening soon, because an article I wrote already got accepted, but the magazine hasn’t actually come out yet. I’m so excited!
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do? Do you mean if I didn’t write for a living? Because I don’t plan on writing full time. I want to become a computer engineer for my main job, but also be a part time author and freelancer.
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet? I hope to someday write a family history memoir, but that would require a lot of research and a lot of time, so I don’t feel quite ready to attempt it yet. I want to do justice to my family history, and that will take time.
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go? A new epic fantasy retelling idea that I have has taken hold of my heart and most certainly will not let go no matter how hard I try to make it go away so I can finish the novel I’m working on right now. I’ve already begun thinking about the story world and have begun planning, though, so as soon as I finish the first draft I’m working on now, I shall write this book!
BONUS QUESTION! This is my reaction to the questions: But…but…aren’t you going to ask me about my writing fuel? No? Okay, then I’ll just tell you. I THRIVE ON PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE, YOU GUYS. Anyone who can get me a whole closet stuffed with peppermint hot chocolate will win my heart. Okay, I’m kidding about the winning my heart thing.
What’s your favorite part of writing? What’s your ultimate writing goal?