Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
There’s quite a lot to tell. I’m seventeen, and I’ve written at least five complete books, but my fantasy novel ‘The Doorway’ is the only one I’ve had published. When I’m not writing, I am either sitting in a library somewhere engrossed in someone else’s book, searching for cheap cheese cake, working, or lying on my bed watching series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is ‘The Doorway’, and the inspiration for it came from my desire to understand pain, and how people react when faced with something they’ve always wanted. Do they go back to the pain, to fix the problem, or run away because it’s easier? That’s the question I had in mind when I began writing it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Oh, yes I do. I write my best work at 2-3 a.m., where my mind becomes so feverish that there’s some points where I don’t know what I’m writing anymore. I don’t write plots or settings either. Literally the entire time I’m writing a book, I’m winging it. Also something that helps me is re-reading my favorite books, such as Coraline, Fahrenheit 451, The Clockwork Angel or Throne of Glass.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’d say my writing style was heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury, but the theme of fantasy/horror came from Coraline.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a sequel for ‘The Doorway’. Right now it’s called ‘Lumps’, and it’s about a dysfunctional family that moves into a new house, with a strange well in the backyard, a Halloween parade and a night where all hell breaks loose.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think word of mouth is the most powerful weapon. Right now I’m organizing a writer’s workshop, and am looking to do book promotion events at libraries and schools.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep going. No matter what obstacle you encounter when you’re writing, stick to it and never quit. I don’t think that it’s enough to simply have inspiration and talent. There has to be a gut strength, a will to keep going and finish the project. That’s what writes books.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard was from J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech, which I watched on YouTube. In her speech, she says ‘It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all.’ This advice greatly impacted my life, and the way I used to cautiously approach things.
What are you reading now?
Now I’m reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I recently read a Tangle of Knots, whose author I forget, but I loved that book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What’s next! Publishing ‘Lumps’! Actually I still have to finish writing it, and editing it and so on. But that’s the goal.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Am I allowed a Kindle Reader? I’m kidding. I’d take some sort of practical survival book, and a large encyclopedia so I could burn it as a signal fire. I think I’d also take a large comic book, so it could replace the movies I’m always watching. The last book would be a diary, so I could write down everything that happened, and when I make it to civilization, publish it!
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