From Hey, Teenager of the Year:

What’s the last thing you wrote?
I'm working on some backstory for The Book at the moment. Nothing that's going in to the story, just some stuff that came to me that lead to further questions.

Was it any good?
It's Not for Human Consumption, so it doesn't matter.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
I couldn't even answer that question. I don't throw my old writing away unless I've incorporated it into new stuff, but I also don't keep it in any organized fashion.

Write poetry?

Oh god, yes. Wasn't everyone a teenager at some point?

Angsty poetry?
Of course. Again, I was a teenager.

Favourite genre of writing?

Most fun character you ever wrote?
Brandy Summers. She's from "the wrong side of the tracks" and she's got a smart mouth and a high sex drive. What's not to love?

Most annoying character you ever wrote?
I like them all, so I'm immune to being annoyed by them.

Best plot you ever wrote?
I can't answer this question.

Coolest plot twist you ever wrote?
Or this one.

How often do you get writer’s block?
I don't. See here for details.

How do you fix it?
I don't.

Write fan fiction?

Do you type or write by hand?
Both, actually. Usually, I write on the computer, but there are times when there is no substitute for pen and paper.

Do you save everything you write?

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
All the time. But I keep a list of old ideas anyway, so I can do this very thing.

What’s your favourite thing that you’ve written?
This depends on my mood.

What’s everyone else’s favourite thing that you’ve written?
I've done a couple of fanfiction things that have been minorly major.

Do you even show people your work?
All the time, but not stuff that's not fairly well formed.

Who’s your favourite constructive critic?
My writing group. As a collective, they manage to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with everything I write. (But in a nice way!)

Did you ever write a novel?

Have you ever written fantasy, sci-fi, or horror?
Yep. Fantasy and horror more than sci-fi, but there's a project I'm working on right now with sci-fi elements in it.

Ever written romance or teen angsty drama?
I mentioned that I write YA, right?

What’s your favourite setting for your characters?
My hometown. It's apparently embedded itself in my head as The Place Where Everyone Lives.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Straight up adult fiction.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I have two on the front burners right now, and three on the back (meaning that I've started them and put them on hold), and a couple in the fridge.

Do you want to write for a living?
Sure. I would love to.

Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Yep. Not recently, though. I don't usually operate in the land on non-fiction or short fiction.

Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Just some lame stuff when I was in school.

Ever written something in script or play format?
No, but I have a banner idea for a screenplay that I'm totally gonna write someday.

What are your five favourite words?

Do you ever write based on yourself?
Who doesn't?

What character that you’ve written most resembles yourself?
S, from The Book. But she's much cooler than I am.

Where do you get ideas for your other characters?
I don't know. I just think about someone I want to know, I suppose.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?
All the time. I don't think I've ever had a story based entirely on a dream, but many bits and pieces have come from them.

Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
It depends on the story. The Book has a happy ending, but the SENP has a sad one.

Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen?
No. I don't use art in that way.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Not really. I don't have a lot of issues with grammar and spelling (English major). I even forget to spellcheck a lot of the time.

Ever write something entirely in chatspeak? (How r u?) Please kill me if I do.

Entirely in L337?
HAHAHA. No effing way.

Was that question completely appalling and un-writer like?

Does music help you write?
Indeed. I find that each of my stories has a soundtrack that goes along with it.

Are people surprised and confused when they find out you write well?
Yes, because I'm a lawyer in everyday life, and people have the mistaken impression that all lawyers suck at writing. Most of them do, but not all of them.

Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind.
Until Morgan was brought over at fourteen, he lived with the knowledge that his father could kill him at any time.

It's from the Not For Human Consumption thing I mentioned earlier.


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