March 17, 2020

Advice I would give to aspiring writers:

Read. All the time, in all genres. Always carry a book with you. Don’t go to sleep until you’ve read at least a chapter a day.

If you want to be a writer, just write. Don’t form a group and talk about writing. Don’t go out to coff...

January 7, 2020

What inspires you to write?

I love creating. Simply put, it gives me great joy. I love writing, and it stems from a long love of reading. As a child, I'd stay up late, always pushing curfew, needing one more chapter. The first time I stayed up all night reading-- sunlig...

October 15, 2019

How did you become a writer?

As a child, before I knew how to read or write, I loved to draw and I would illustrate pages and then dictate the stories to my mother, who would patiently write them down for me. Stories have been important to me ever since, and I see much...

July 30, 2019

What inspires you to write?

The power of words inspire me to write. Whenever I read stories by good writers I am inspired by how craftily they arrange words on a page, like the way a florist arranges flowers in a vase. I love words. I love to see them in a book waiting...

July 9, 2019

I write in the genre of middle grade, and like all other middles, this literature comes with its own challenges. Terms like middle-child syndrome, the mid-novel slump, or being stuck in the middle all denote negative views of middleness. No one likes the middle seat on...

July 2, 2019

How did you become a writer?

I’ve always been an avid reader, but I suppose I became a writer in the 3rd grade, writing limericks for my favorite teacher. As a teacher myself years later, my favorite thing to teach was writing. I learned pretty quickly that the easiest...

April 23, 2019

How did you become a writer?

I like to think that I was a writer the minute I put pen to paper and created my first story. My sixth-grade language arts teacher gave me an extra credit assignment that involved creating a short story. She entered it into a contest where I...

April 16, 2019

Character motivation is, in my opinion, the most vital part of storytelling. Everyone acts for a reason, because of the way they feel, because of something they want. I connect with a story because I can relate to those feelings, because a character’s actions are authe...

April 9, 2019

How did you become a writer?

When I was eleven, I have the vivid memory of swimming in my backyard pool and talking to myself. Alone, my daydreams became words and I began creating magical creatures. Later I can say I wasn’t so much telling myself a story as building an...

February 5, 2019

How did you become a writer?

The first short story I wrote was in 6th grade. It was an adaptation of Lover’s Vow, the final segment in 1990’s Tales From the Darkside: The Movie – a horror anthology film. I knew then I wanted to write horror.

Before that, I had been watch...

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