Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I am doing well. I am honestly really tired as I am still getting over my summer cold but I do know a couple people who have also gotten the summer cold so I don’t feel so alone in this sick feeling anymore.
Anyways, why don’t we get into this interview?
What made you want to write this book?
I sat with this book idea for over two years before I wrote it. I have no idea where the idea came from. A thought along the lines of “I want to write a book that has an entire family named after Michigan cities. The main character will be named Alma, and her love interest will be named Rumor” popped into my head. I kept it close to my heart for two years while I developed these characters and they told me their story.
Have you ever had difficulty coming up with an idea for your story?
Not typically. I have a notebook on my desk that is filled with book ideas, character names, plot twists, and potential titles. I pull inspiration from everywhere and always have a new book idea ready.
What Hogwarts house would the main character of your book be sorted into?
Alma Underwood is a die-hard Hufflepuff. Forever and Always.
While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
I found myself giggling a lot and wishing I could meet these characters in real life. I would want to be Reginald’s best friend and look through Alma’s treasures.
Do you google yourself?
Absolutely! To me, it’s really exciting to Google my name and find my books in the search results. It’s another way for me to say “I did it. I wrote a book.”
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I don’t. If the words aren’t coming to me, I don’t chalk it up to be writer’s block. I believe it’s more of a bump in creativity. If I can’t move forward with a certain scene, I move to another one.
What is your writing process like?
I don’t start writing a book until I have a good understanding of all the characters and where I want the plot to go. Once I have that, I begin the writing process by setting weekly word count goals. I always finish a scene/chapter before I stop writing for the day.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t compare yourself to other authors. More times than not, no good comes from it. Your journey is your own. Be proud of it. Embrace it.
How much research do you do for your books?
It depends on the book and what I’m writing about. With this particular book, I did a lot of research regarding Rumor. I can’t say exactly what I researched because it’d be a spoiler but a lot of research was involved. I try to do all my research before I begin writing a book because it makes the process go smoother.
When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always told my friends and family “One day, I’m going to write a book.” I said that one night a couple years ago and my fiancé’ looked at me and said “Why not right now? What are you waiting for?” I realized I had nothing stopping me, so I opened my computer and started writing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story as soon as I was old enough to piece sentences together. I wrote it in a black spiral notebook. It was called “The Glowing Green Door.” It was about my cousins and I finding a green door in the mall that could transport us all over the world by just walking through it.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Typically, I use my computer. If my eyes are bugging me, I’ll write in my notebook. Many times, I’ll get an idea for a book or a certain scene when I’m not with my computer. If that’s the case, I write it all on my iPhone in the notes app. For one of my novels, the first draft was written primarily on my phone while I was walking around campus from class to class.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Getting started. Sometimes, I’m so excited about a book idea that when I sit down to write, the words feel all jumbled and won’t come. Once I finally write that first chapter, everything comes easier.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
On average, it takes me about 2-3 months to finish a first draft. The quickest I’ve ever written an entire book is six weeks. Alma Underwood Is Not A Kleptomaniac took me about 2 and a half months.
What is your favorite quote of your book?
When I’m writing a book, I always highlight and save the lines that give me chills as I type them. I love every page of this story but there were a few lines that really resonated with me when I wrote them. I feel as though they fit they inner workings of the story extremely well and come straight from the minds of the characters. I couldn’t’ just choose one.
“Life is all about choices. Some of those choices we regret, some of those choices we are thankful for, and there are some that stay with us forever.”
“She is white, and I am gray. She is the bright, blank canvas ready to be covered with brush strokes of vibrancy. I am muted, the color of a cloud-covered sky.”
“Every time she smiles at me I can’t decide if I’m dying or getting more life pushed into me.”
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
I’m all over social media and I would love to chat with you about my books or just books in general. I’m just as much a reader as I am a writer.
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