I thought a little about me blog was in order and have collected some questions from some of you, intrepid readers. Enjoy!
1. How long have you been writing?
About 4 years, not including all the writing I did while in school. I wrote Time Sailors originally as a short story and some housemates encouraged me to expand on it.
2. What's your favorite subject matter or genre?
Science fiction is my main focus. It feels friendly and comfortable to me and I enjoy speculating on how the future of technology will unfold. I also enjoy writing stories with some scary or horror elements. Writing about non-blood related families and how we as humans form those bonds with each other is also an interest of mine.
3. Do you ever use your own personal experiences as an inspiration?
A bit. Time Sailors in part got inspired by the year and a half I lived at a backpackers hostel. It's a very surreal experience, with a constantly rotating group of people moving in and out. Different languages and backgrounds provide a weird mesh of lived experiences but somehow everyone still tends to end up as friends in that environment.
4. What inspired you to write Time Sailors?
The first Halloween I was at the hostel I dressed up as a generic time traveler. The character of Virginia has the look of that costume. I thought a time traveler with an abundance of wrist watches was a very funny visual that I hadn't seen before, so I decided to write a story about character with the look. The book grew organically from there.
5. What made you want to start writing?
It was a whim honestly. I was bored and wrote a chapter. I enjoyed the process and continued. Writing feels like a good creative outlet for me. I don't need much to do it, just my laptop or a pen and paper and my brain. Maybe a cup of tea as well.
6. Why would you choose to put yourself through this torture and are you a masochist? Maybe I'm crazy but I actually enjoy writing. I do hate correcting my spelling, I'm an atrocious speller and sometimes the spelling feature on my computer can't figure out what I'm trying to write. But on some level I think all artistic people are a tiny bit masochistic at least.
7. Describe your perfect sandwich.
Sourdough bread, cheddar and feta cheese, avocado, leafy greens, dill pickles, mustard, teriyaki tofu.
8. How did you keep going when you didn't feel like it?
Timers. I like to set timers when I'm not in the mood to write, it helps me focus. And having a good playlist to listen to while writing.
9. Did you combat impostor syndrome & if yes, how?
Still combating it! Actually I feel it a lot in life in general. I'm a performer as well and constantly second guessing myself. I think it's a pretty normal, healthy feeling for one to have. One of the best ways I have of ignoring that annoying voice telling me I'm not good enough or don't deserve it is to remind myself that getting jobs isn't pity praise. If you've been hired for a show or had a book signed, it means the person in charge likes what you create.
10. Do you think writers see the world differently? How does that apply to you?
Probably. But then everyone sees the world differently than everyone else. Maybe writers have a particular type of observational sense? I do often look at people, the way they dress or talk, and think about what kind of story they would fit into. I've always got my eye out for interesting names. And I love hearing people talk about their different lived experiences, which I think in turn helps me to write from different perspectives.
That's all for now readers!