I like to live with a story before I actually start writing it, slowly getting to know the characters. From there, I try to write out the rough draft without worrying too much about anything other than getting the words down. It’s the editing after when I feel the story really comes together.
2. What inspires you to write?
So much! It could be other stories, movies, going for walks, something someone says can all cause a story idea to come.
3. Writing is considered a dream job by many, but what if you were granted the opportunity for a true, magical ‘dream job’. What would it be and why?
It would totally be writing my own stories full-time.
4. You are standing on a stage, addressing a high school auditorium of teenage creative writers. What advice would you impart to them about the craft and the career path of being a writer?
The best thing I can say is just, do it. I see so many people have dreams and ambitions, but they don’t do it because they are waiting for the right time, the perfect opportunity, or just letting their own insecurities get in the way. If you keep putting it off, it’ll never happen.
5. You’re stranded in a snowed in cabin, well stocked up on food, but no internet. What is on your emergency book shelf?
I think it would be wonderful to have a whole book shelf full of books I’ve never read. If everyone had sent me their favorite picks to the cabin, I might forget about the missing internet.