1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
Very young. I started writing little short stories when I was about 7 or 8.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
Eighteen Lives took roughly 9 years to complete. I started it when I was still in high school, in May 2009. Hopefully my following books won’t take as long, hahaha!
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
I’m incredibly lucky to work for my mother at her counseling center as her receptionist. She’s very understanding of the time required to be a writer, and lets me write as long as my other responsibilities are taken care of first.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write by hand and then type what I’ve written later. I can write by purely typing, but I find handwriting helps things flow a little more.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
To be honest, I came up with the core idea of Eighteen Lives in the bathroom one day. It just sparked in my mind out of the blue. That’s true of everything I’ve ever written. Just random ideas that pop into my head.
6. When did you write your first book?
I completed my first entire novel in 2006-2007 when I was 16-17, and Eighteen Lives is my first published novel.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I love to read, play video games, and listen to music. I also like to scroll social media for hours, particularly Tumblr, but I think almost everyone enjoys that.
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
As far as I know, they enjoy it! Hopefully they aren’t buttering me up because they don’t want to hurt my feelings, hahaha!
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
That I’m a lot more tenacious than I thought I was. There were times that I could have given up, but I never did.
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
At the moment, I’ve only written two complete novels. One when I was 16-17 that is unpublished, and Eighteen Lives, which is my favorite of the two.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
Being able to make a reader emotionally connect with someone they might not otherwise.
12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?
My main writing space is my desk as work, but sometimes I like to go to the library, put on my headphones, turn on some music, and write.