Today we’re kicking off a new series to help you get to know our authors! We’ve asked them all a series of questions and will be releasing their answers between now and the end of the year. We already learned a little about Erica Crouch, and today we get to learn more about Pauline!
What was the first book you wrote? Published?
The first actual book-length piece of fiction I ever wrote was a book called The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor. It’s a middle grade, science fiction, mystery. It’s also the first book I published, but I was thirteen so it’s not all that great. Hopefully my books now are much better.
Which author do you most look up to?
I love Veronica Roth. Her writing is amazing and she’s also a pretty young author – she wrote Divergent in college – which makes her really inspirational.
What is your ultimate goal as an author?
My ultimate goal would be to create books that people enjoy reading. The best thing ever is to receive emails from readers telling you how much they loved your book. To me, that’s the best reason to write. So my goal is to keep writing better and better books that readers will continue to love.
Which of your characters do you most connect with?
That would be James from my Pinocchio retelling, Puppet. He’s basically the guy version of me. He’s quiet, reserved, thinks things through…very much like me.
What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
I’m a hardcore science fiction fan and I always will be. I grew up with Star Trek and Robert Heinlein so anything set in space is my cup of tea. It’ll always have a special place in my heart.
What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Finding time in my crazy college schedule. It’s so frustrating because I have all the ideas and inspiration but I need to go study for that test I have instead of sitting down to write.
Do you have any go to snacks while writing?
Mostly just tea. Food tends to distract me.
What is your all-time favorite novel to read?
I don’t reread novels very often, but the only series I’ve read multiple times is the Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson. It’s the series that inspired me to be a writer, so I love it to death.
What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
I think (or at least hope) I have a way of capturing the reader’s attention and pulling them through the whole story.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write like no one’s reading. This made a huge difference in my writing life. Instead of thinking, “Oh god, what’s my mom going to think of this?” I just started writing what felt risky and awesome and stuff just got so much better.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
I’d love to be an astronaut. Basically just so I could say I’m an astronaut and totally win the “I have the coolest job” competition in any group gathering. But realistically (because honestly being an astronaut looks too hard) I’d love to be an editor of some type.
How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?
Usually about a year. It only takes me about a month to write the book but I take a while to edit it to perfection.
Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I have two goats. They don’t anything, they’re just cute.
Learn more about Pauline at Pauline.Patchwork-Press.com