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When did you start writing?

I was always creative, but my first memorable writing moment was in the 5th grade when I entered a schoolwide writing contest. I worked for days with the promise of one day being published. When my story was complete at 25 typed pages, I gleefully handed it in to my librarian. She paged through the printout and said to me, "No one wants to read stuff like this." It happened to be a story about kids fighting to close the gate to hell that demons had crawled out of. The winning story was about a mouse in a cupboard. I've been writing stuff like that ever since.

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What makes writing your passion?

I love creativity in any form, from drawing, to writing music, to cooking to writing. My favorite part of writing is starting with nothing and creating worlds and people.

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How long have you been writing?

I've been writing on and off since 5th grade. I started submitting manuscripts in college and then took a break. I picked it up again when I was settled into my job and felt the need for a more creative outlet.

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

It was so exciting. That's always been a dream of mine. But as someone who is extremely goal-oriented, my next question was, "Now What?"

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

I love characters who could be seen as villains from a different perspective. y characters are never innocent and never all good.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Marketing. That's it.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I plan too much to have writer's block. I always have multiple stories going, so if I'm struggling with one story, I jump to another. I also rely on books on craft and podcasts on writing to keep me inspired. There's always more to learn and that's what's so exciting about writing.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I do read them at the beginning. For me, it's important to know what my readers think about my writing. I pay attention to what the bad reviews say but I'm not too precious about it. If it's about my writing style, I consider it and see if it's something I could improve on.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

All the time. There are a lot of moments and movements in my novels that are related to real life.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?