1. Is this your first book?
This is actually going to be my third book. My first was a poetry
collection and the second was a YA novel. I didn't mean to cross over
so many genres, it just seemed to happen that way!
2. When did you decide to become a writer?
- I began writing poetry when I was a freshman in high school, and had
so many poems that after a few years it formed into a complete
collection. Once I had experienced being published, it was so
that I craved to do it again, except a little different. I had always
dreamed of writing a full length novel, and I knew that now was my
chance. So, I took it.
3. Why do you write?
- I write because I simply love it. It's addicting, refreshing and it
a very calming experience. Also, it's such a great feeling of
accomplishment to know you've created a story, or sometimes an entire
world, and people enjoy reading it just as much as I do writing it.
4. Where do your ideas come from?
- My ideas and thought processes are so random that it's pretty crazy.
Normally I'll think of something in shower or driving down the road
(both of which I h
ave no pen and paper available). But, the idea for
Pinny came about when I went bowling one day and could not bowl a
for the life of me.
5. What is the hardest thing about writing?
- The hardest thing would probably be editing and marketing. I love to
just write straight through, letting the words pump and flow from my
mind, but I really dislike going back and nit picking the grammatical
details. Also, finding people to read your book! Whew, it's tough!
Putting together tours, and signings, and events, and the list goes on
and on. It can get pretty tiring but I absolutely love writing and the
stories I create so I certainly wouldn't trade it.
6. Which writers inspire you?
- I have a few inspirations. First and foremost the Captain Underpants
series was like my favorite series when I was getting involved with
reading. They are so witty and kid friendly, and I love it! Next would
be Diary of a Wimpy Kid (OMG I sound like I'm twelve years old) but
seriously, the guy is a genius. The books are golden for their age
range, and what's fantastic is that the books appeal to older "kids"
well. I'm twenty one and I think the concept is brilliant! Lastly,
Green. Do I need to say more? The way he writes... I just... Words
Exactly. I loved The Fault in Our Stars and I am set on buying
of his books now and I don't even need to know what they are about.
that good. I will read anything he writes, it's so sarcastic and witty
that it's hilarious. I hope that one day I can be half the writer that
7. What genre do you prefer to write about?
-I actually prefer to write fiction novels, mostly Young Adult.
Although, children's picture books are seriously growing on me lately.
Maybe it's because when I was a kid, that's what I first fell in love
with, and I hope that kid's will fall in love with Pinny.
8. What inspired you to write this book?
- I partially answered this question with an earlier question but I'll
go into more detail. When I went bowling a few months back, I just
couldn't bowl a strike. I'm normally an average bowler, bowling
from three to five strikes a game. But this, this game, it was killing
me. There was always ONE pin that would refuse to fall. I turned to my
friend, a little annoyed and said, "Can ANYONE get a strike today?"
I looked to the other bowlers and as fate would have it, I saw two
people bowl right after me and each had one pin left! "This is so
ridiculous!" My friend agreed and then I said, "Ha I should write a
about this." Half jokingly. And in those moments where the bulb lights
above your head, and your jaw drops out of realization that this is a
magical moment, Pinny was created.