Nobody’s Goddess, a YA romantic fantasy, is the first manuscript I finished and the first one I published! I did, however, write a manuscript called Dreamalgam that was 120,000 words long and still only “half finished.” It took me nine years and I finally shelved it. I did mine some material from it for Nobody’s Goddess in the end, though.
What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
YA fantasy or dystopian because I love immersing myself in fantastical settings. I specifically enjoy YA because I relate more to characters struggling to find their places in the world.
What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Drafting! With one exception (when I wrote the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess in nine days!), I take longer than I’d like to write the draft. I have much more fun editing the manuscript and polishing it.
Do you have any go to snacks while writing?
I tend to give myself an energy boost mid-afternoon with hot or iced tea and yogurt or a granola bar.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, even when you feel like your writing isn’t good enough.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to spend time in imaginary worlds with imaginary people in my head and not feel like a crazy person for doing so.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
There’s literally nothing else I’d rather be! I used to want to be a translator (not an interpreter) of French or Japanese, but I struggle with anxiety so I couldn’t bring myself to study abroad. But I’ve always wanted to be an author as well.
What is your favorite place to write?
On a futon using a laptop table in my office. It’s where I do most of my writing, fiction and non-fiction.
Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I’m a huge geek and I fell in love with anime when I was 12 years old after I asked my parents for a doll that I discovered was from Sailor Moon. I still love anime and manga to this day, and I contribute to Anime News Network as a daily streaming reviewer.