For the longest time, I hated reading. But then Twilight came out in theatres - yes, I am a Twilight lover! I remember the moment it was over, I needed more. I wanted to know what happened next, so I went to Barnes and Noble's and purchased New Moon. And from there I was hooked! Reading, writing, I did it all. My mother might even say, I did it too much! But it was the first time I realized that great storytelling can take you places and make you connect with something bigger. I loved it!
For me, if I'm really invested in a storyline and have the time, it can take 2-3 months to produce the first draft. But being a mom and human, things come up. So when that happens it's not unusual for a first draft to take me 5-6 months.
Oh, read for sure. But mostly I enjoy relaxing with my family. I usually like to take at least an hour or two each day, and head outside. In our backyard, the kids have a playground, a pool, and a bunch of misc. water tables and toys. And while they play, I like to lay out and tan. Since it's usually closer to the middle of the day, it's my own personal reset time. I listen to music and just spend time in the moment with the family. I think that's especially important because if you're always writing you're not interacting. And, for me, I find it really helps me with the voice and dialogue of my characters because it helps me keep them more realistic.
For me, I like feeling immersed in the storyline. If I leave the book feeling like the character(s) could be real, or if I miss them, then I know I connected with the story.
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
"You're your own worst critic."
These quotes have always stuck with me, and I apply them to my life daily. Even outside of writing. I think its always important to remember to not be so harsh on yourself and never give up on your dreams. The only people who tell you your dreams are impossible are those who have already given up on their own. So, take chances. Be okay knowing you're going to make mistakes and know no one is perfect!
There is a show (Young and Hungry) on Netflix that just recently canceled where Emily Osment plays the amazing, Gabi Diamond. Her character is hilarious, enthusiastic, and (sometimes) a little too naive. She's constantly finding herself in trouble and driven by the realistic desires all girls face when growing up. We just share so much of the same humor and personality, that I would say I am most like her. And I'm okay with that!
I love those songs that make you feel like a (excuse my french) bada**. Those are the songs that draw ideas, for me and make scenes feel more real. Some examples are:
Horns - Bryce Fox
Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix
Glory - The Score
I don't usually like to make my novels have any intended message to them. I feel like each reader is different, and everyone interprets situations and emotions differently. So, I don't have a specific message. My only hope is that my writing and my novel has the depth and storyline that has the ability to speak to everyone in some way.
For me, I'm torn. I love reading because of the backstories and minute details you get to see that movies just can't portray or sometimes miss. But then I love movies, too. I love the feeling of seeing the characters come to life. It's the best. And even though most people don't, I love seeing the little twists and additions the producer(s) throw-in. Sometimes their adaptations can be bad - horrible. But sometimes they work out better. So I would say I'm actually 50/50.
Well, for those of you who have been with me since day one, through my first days posting on Wattpad, you already know. Olivia Holt. She's just amazing. When I wrote the story, she is the only one I felt made sense. In so many ways, they're just so alike.
Paperback. All the way. There's just something about holding a book in your hand, that you just can't get from an ebook. Plus, I'm a collector. And having an extensive library of all my favorite titles is important to me. So, if and when an apocalypse hits, I'm covered! Batteries dying won't stop me from reading.
After surviving a tragedy, a couple is given a second chance at love, but the terrors of their past are not so easily escaped. With You, is an exciting and addictive story with surprising twists, relatable situations, and relationships, that make it easy to fall in love with the characters again and again.