This blog was origonally posted on Mera’s blog, YA novel reader here:
1. Why did you choose to write a book in the Young Adult genre?
I love young adult books. About ninety percent of what I read is YA. I feel like the books require more plot and better character arcs than adult books, because adult books can fall back on sex and drama to up the tension. So when it came to writing my own stories, I knew YA was the way to go. You write what you read. It’s just what’s in my head.
2. Who is your favourite character you have written and why?
That changes just about daily. I love Cassandra and Melissa, because they both have such unique points of view in my story, and it can be a relief to see another perspective. Of course I love Persephone, but right now my favorite character is Hades. As it stands right now, book three is a joint pov between him and Persephone, and after two books of Persephone figuring out her limitations and experimenting with having powers, it’s kind of nice to write as someone who can just blast people away and knows it.
3. Describe a typical writing day for you?
I tend to think over my scenes during the day. Mostly when I’m driving, and then sit down and write it out at night. I write on my ipad because it’s the most portable thing I can actually efficiently write with. Throughout the day if I have a minute I’ll take it out of my purse and read over what I have, making improvements here and there. What really keeps me on the ball is my writers group. I have a weekly submission deadline if I want them to critique what I’ve got.
4. What are you reading at the moment?
Agamemnon by Aeschylus and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. I’m studying for the GRE English Literature subject test, so I haven’t read anything fun and relaxing in a WHILE.
5. If you turned your ipod on now, what would be the song that is currently playing?
The best poems of all time volume 1 and 2 or Shakespeare’s sonnets. Again, for the GRE. Studying for that has pretty much consumed my reading a listening life. But after October 10th I’ll be able to listen to music again! Right now my favorite singer is Lorena McKennet because I can listen to an actual song and still be studying. Her rendition of The Highwayman is incredible.