1. What inspired you to write?
I don’t really know. I just see things, and a line, a phrase might come into my head, and I am able to build off of that. The Academy started with a single sentence: “And I cried for a girl I did not know.” I’m not even going to use it anywhere in the story, but it sparked the whole idea (for the most part). So, in essence, it’s just really my thoughts and the “perfect mental movies” that I think up.
2. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
The actual meaning of the name? Rarely. I think it’s so cliché when authors name characters after what they really are, like Felix, to show luck, or stuff like that. I don’t care if it’s the Hebrew, Celtic, Muslim meaning of the name. I just don’t like doing that. I do, however, put hours into perfecting the names of my characters. For me, the name of the characters has to reflect them, exactly, as it is often said that either a person grows into their name, or their name grows with them. Either way, it’s important to have the name match the character.
3. If you could spend the day with one of your characters who would it be, where would you go and what would you do?
Well… The real ones, or the ones who are fictional? Real: probably Leo or Ben from Toys & Compromises. We would probably go to San Francisco and Berkeley, see the shops, walk the streets. And eat ice cream and take away. Fictional (written and on Wattpad): Alez, from The Academy. We would go to Ghirardelli and Union Square to shop and talk. Fictional (coming soon, can be seen in Ideas): Either Ro or Kate. I think that we would go to downtown Chicago during winter or fall to ice skate and window shop.
4. What's your favorite thing about writing?
It’s a way for me to get my thoughts down, to show others what and how I think. Sometimes it’s really fun, and I feel like I’m on a role.
5. What's your least favorite thing about writing?
Well, all authors hate writer’s block. It’s like our kryptonite. You feel so stupid sometimes, especially if you know you had a really good idea, but you forgot it. Or you just misplaced the piece of paper that had the plot written out (I did that once. It was horrible). Also, for me, I’m always worried that people won’t understand my works. The Academy, for instance, has a lot going on, and, some of it, I know people don’t understand. But it’s the little things that I worry over; I actually put a reminder to pay attention to details at the beginning of one of my chapters.
6. Movies books or plays?
Like favorites? Or just which we prefer? Hmmmm… Well, I’ll do both. Movie: I like really abstract movies sometimes; indie is the way to go. But, at the moment, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Book: There are so many! The ones I haven’t read yet are the best. I have boxes of books that I haven’t read. At the moment, Winter Town by Stephen Emond really captured my heart. Play: I haven’t seen a whole lot of plays, but I remember that Wicked was the best. I prefer books overall, though. Especially paperbacks.
7. Are any of your characters inspired by actual people?
Yes. All of them. Some of them are real, or were real.
8. If you could publish one of your stories would you? Why so or why not?
I plan to publish all of them; I’ve actually been looking for a suitable agent for a little bit now, but I decided to hold off until I know exactly which story I would like to publish first. Why? I have this little plan inside my head, of everything that I’m going to do. Also, literature is my life. If I can’t work with it, or write it, for the rest of my life, I’ll go insane.
9. Who makes your covers? If you do what program(s) do you use?
I make my own covers, film and put together my own trailers, but I don’t edit. I use Microsoft Publisher to assemble the pictures, but I used Photobucket’s Pixlr for the effects.
10. What are some writing tips you can give the readers?
Don’t go cliché. Just don’t. I know it’s a common theme here for Wattpad rants, and you’re probably sick of hearing it, but it’s sage advice. Think of something that’s important to you, something that you love, and can write about. If you come up empty, think of a word. Any word. If you can’t do that, go downtown and see what inspiration you can find there. The word “wallpaper” sparked a whole story for me. If that doesn’t work for you, try listening to music; it often works