A Writing Tag

Thanks to my writing friend Eva Schon, I found out about this writing tag, and thought “Why not”? So, here it is.

What is your favorite kind of cake? If you don’t eat cake {because of gluten issues or allergies or diet or whatever} what is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake is hands down, my favorite. It’s a little problematic, though, since I’m lactose-intolerant.

How long have you been writing? Since I was 9.

Do you read books and blogs about writing? If so what are some of your favorites? Yes! I love APE by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch, The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing and Writing the Fiction Series (both from Writer’s Digest Books).

Do you believe it’s important to study writing as an art form? Why or why not? I definitely think it’s important to study it as a craft if one intends to be published, but I do think there is something magical about coming up with stories and while there are lots of conventions about form and the necessity of conflict, but there is still that bit that can never quite be explained. So, in short, yes, but don’t overanalyze to the point that you lose sight of the magic.

Who’s writing has influenced yours the most? I’m not sure, it’s really hard to attribute just one. I’m not certain anyone’s style is reflected in my own, but certain books (The Giver, Harry Potter, and The Golden Compass) definitely inspired me to write.

Do you consider writing more important than food? Why or why not? Equally important. If you don’t eat, you can’t write. And if I don’t write, I get cranky. So both are important for my sanity.

Tell us the thing you are most excited about with your writing. I just wrapped up the 2nd book of The Belgrave Legacy, and am excited to continue working on the finale.

What are you dreading most in your writing? Even though it’s far down the road, I’m nervous about writing the last book in the Fearful Fairytales series because it’s really dark and will probably give me nightmares.

Would you rather have people love your book now or be considered a genius after you are dead? Now would be nice, but both would be even better!

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