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There is an interview round robin going on every Thursday that is cool, I guess. Basically, on Thursday, someone interviews themselves and posts it to their blog then nominates three other writers with blogs to do their own interviews. The first writer links up the next three writers and on down the line like a pyramid. The idea behind it is to drive traffic to other blogs. I think that this would have been a really awesome idea if we were to post other author interviews on our blogs rather than our own, but hey, I didn’t make up the rules. I also chose not to nominate someone else because I felt that people should do this if they want to do so, not because someone nominated them to. So if you decide to do your own interview, feel free to send me a link so I can 1) go read it, and 2) link it up to my account. The person that nominated me is a good friend, James Hoke, who recently published his first fantasy book: Twins 1: The Ark Brothers which is available for purchase at Amazon.com in both hardcover and kindle editions.

So on to my interview…

1. What are you working on?

I am working on a teen paranormal novel series with vampires, werewolves, zombies and few other creatures that go bump in the night. I recently completed a novel about a girl who has to survive a zombie apocalypse.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

For the zombie apocalypse book, it deviates because it focuses on teens instead of adults. Its the only teen zombie apocalypse novel that I know of. As far as the novel series, its not much different from what has been done before, just a new twist on old story-lines.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I have always been fascinated with things that go bump in the night and have been writing “horror” stories since I was 9 years old. My favorite story when I was really young was “Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. While most girls my age played Cinderella, I played the Headless Horseman. It has always been in my blood, I guess.

4. How does your writing process work?

Well, like any story, it begins with an idea. The idea could be a plot-line, a character, a scene, or even a setting. Then I sit on it and let it flow through my mind while I tweak, arrange, rearrange, mold, shape, reject, and sift through concepts that come with the original idea. After a while, the story itself starts to form in my head and that is when I begin to write. Often, I have no idea where the story is going, but I feel that in this way, the characters have a better chance of coming alive in my mind. Plus, I have found that if I know the ending, I feel like I am forcing the characters to do things that they wouldn’t normally do. Anyway, I continue writing until the end, then do my revisions. That is pretty much it. And each story is different. For one story, I might start at the beginning, but for another, I might start with a scene that comes closer to the middle.

Thank you for reading. Again, if you decide to interview yourself and would like me to read and link up to your interview, feel free to contact me. 🙂

This post is for anyone who wants to be a writer. I know even popular, published writers have issues with grammar and being in college is making me even more highly aware of grammar confusion. You may not think so, but these links should be in all writers’ bookmarks!

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

GrammarBook.com

Purdue Writing Lab

Grammar Monster

I will add more links as I go – in an effort to help many writers in their editing processes!

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