I started writing when I was about 10 or 11 years old, but it wasn’t until I was about 15 that I began to take it more seriously and actually started working on improving my craft.
I write speculative fiction, and I am self-published. I just released my debut novel, a new adult dystopia titled Secrets of PEACE. I am currently working on the sequel for that, and I have plans for several other novels outside of the Secrets of PEACE series. I also write and illustrate picture books and hope to have my first one ready for publication as early as November or December.
I hate first drafts, but I find that they tend to work better for me when I have a detailed plot outline. I used to write all of my first drafts by hand, and I still usually end up with pages and pages of hand-written notes scribbled in notebooks, but I do most of my writing on my laptop now.
Revising and editing is my favorite part of the writing process, so I always look forward to getting through that first draft so I can start fixing everything. I don’t really have a set process, but I do think it’s important to start with all the big-picture stuff before working on little things like line-edits and punctuation. I always send the story to beta readers—once after I’ve created a second or third draft, and then again once I think I’ve gotten the story just how I want it. Getting feedback on your work is critical. I’ve been lucky enough to find a fantastic critique partner who seems to really understand my characters, my writing style, and my vision for the story, so I always have her read my work at least once and often use her as a sounding board to figure out whether an idea or a change to the story will work.
Anywhere. Everywhere. Because my life is so hectic, I learned a long time ago that there’s no such thing as a magical writing zone where I’ll somehow be able to write better than I could anywhere else. Like I said earlier, I just write whenever I can find the time, and that often happens in inconvenient places. Having an environment that is free of other distractions is ideal, but that’s pretty rare for me and I’ve learned to deal with that, so it’s no longer really a necessity.
We recently moved into a bigger place and I was finally able to get my own writing desk. I bought an old, beat up wooden desk from the thrift store and fixed it up, and now it’s sitting under a shelf where I framed a bunch of quotes about writing that inspire and motivate me. It’s right in the middle of everything else, so I don’t get much peace and quiet, but that’s okay. It’s perfect and I love it.
I do get writer’s block on occasion. Sometimes the solution is as simple as pushing myself through it for a few pages. Sometimes it helps to step away from whatever I’ve been working on for a few days or work on a different project for a little while. When I’m not in the mood to write, I’m usually in the mood to draw instead, and once I’ve done that for a little while, the desire and motivation to write always comes back.
She is the proud mother of two girls and a college student working towards her degree in social work. She also enjoys drawing, reading, watching movies, riding her motorcycle, and making happy memories with her family and friends.