Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q.) Why do you write for the young adult audience? 

A.) I read my first YA book around the sixth grade, and I fell in love. It's where my heart belongs. The teenage years are a special place in time between childhood and adulthood where we experience so many firsts. It's the time when we begin to see our potential and how amazing and cruel the world can be. It's a time of possibility and promise; an age I wanted to stay in forever. Writing YA fiction is my way of escape. It's my way of capturing that magical time that shaped the person I am today. 

Q.) How long have you been writing?

A.) I've been writing since I was eight years old. But I finally found the time to become serious about writing a novel back in 2014 when I came up with the idea for UNIVERSE.

Q.) How did you come up with the idea for UNIVERSE?

A.) Honestly I came up with the idea after watching the film EVER AFTER about a hundred times. (I am referring to the Cinderella retelling starring Drew Barrymore). I've always been a sci-fi geek, but I absolutely loved fantasy and fairy tales too. I thought to myself, how cool would it be to watch a movie that's a cross between science fiction and a fairy tale? And that's where UNIVERSE came in.

Q.) Are you a full-time writer?

A.) No. But I sure wish I could be.

Q.) How do you find the time to write?

A.) During the weekday, I write between 10 pm and 1 am almost every day. On the weekends, I find little windows of time, like 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day to get in a little bit of writing. 

Q.) What is your daily writing goal?

A.) I realistically aim for a thousand words a day. 

Q.) What's your favorite Harry Potter book?

A.) The Deathly Hallows. 

Q.) Do you write in any other genres besides YA?

A.) Yes. I am venturing out into Middle Grade territory. I also write diverse adult contemporary romance under another pen name that I won't mention here due to obvious reasons. 

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