1. If you could write your life like a novel, what would the jacket flap say?
Well, what do you know! This was actually a writing prompt I did a few days ago, in which I took whatever significant detail I could find in my life and gathered it into a blurb:
Fifteen year old Ella lives a hidden life.
In fact, her name isn’t even Ella. Raised in a society where math and science are encouraged and the arts squashed into a bloody pulp*, Ella takes on a pen name and finds refuge in her writing, an unrecognized form of creativity that many people in her school view with eye rollings and scoffs. In order to avoid embarrassment and possible emotional-wrecking humiliation**, Ella works in secret, driven to beat the odds and prove her worth to a rejecting public. But with this goal comes three things: unexpected friendship, theoretical enemies, and a daunting deadline that will decide the rest of her future.
Inspirational and heart wrenching***, It’s Really Not What You Think It Is will make readers sympathize with this young writer and egg her on as she approaches the most crucial period of her teenage life: high school graduation, and what comes afterwards.
* Actually, although no one really cares about the writing, there are just so many people who love drama and music. I mean there's nothing wrong with that at all...but still.
** Most likely not.
*** All right, I have to admit; I highly doubt it will be like this.
2. Have you ever written sushi into a story?
No, I haven't... o.o
Hey...that's actually a pretty good idea. Hmmm.
3. As a failing multitasker, I'd love to know––what is your secret to writing multiple WIPs at a time?
Lots of scheduling and brainstorming, where I try to squeeze as many ideas as I can onto paper about all of the WIPs. A whopping amount of writing-during-class in a secretive fashion (where you do the whole, "hunched over your notebook" routine, peering suspiciously at the people around you). And, of course, being inspired and open to writing down ideas, and planning, and connecting them to the various WIPs. All of these help motivate me to take on multiple projects at a time. When I realize I have something to work towards, some goal to achieve (like putting all of those said ideas into proper story-format), I write.
4. What are some of your biggest pet peeves?
Ah, well...I really do not like shallow expressions...as in, "Oh, my gosh, that guy is soooo hot, he must be amazing." Or, even worse, "Ugh, that girl's so ugly. Man, I'm definitely not talking to her." I love writing. I also love the whole "Don't judge a book by its cover" phrase.
I am also extremely sensitive to guys who act like jerks because they think it's "cool". I'm still in high school, so I witness plenty of that every day. It just...sets me off.
That's it, really. ^-^
5. When did you decide books were the bomb?
Probably when I was way younger, and my dad would read my sister and I the Magic Tree House books as a bed time story. Then I got into Harry Potter...and everything else just followed.
6. If you had to describe your latest WiP in one word, what would it be?
(first word that popped into my head ^-^)
7. Lastly, if you could have one superpower, and ONLY one, what would it be and why?
Ahhh...this is a hard one...but I would probably choose invisibility. I'd get to go anywhere I want, whenever I want to, and no one would know. Like, if I can't fall asleep at night or something, I could go outside and take a walk, and I wouldn't even have to worry about getting mugged or attacked because--hey--no one would be able to see me.
It would be a fairly peaceful life, I think.
I hope you enjoyed it! If you want to check out the interview Maggie and I did, it's over at Mariah Irvin's blog.