sydney-michellington asked: I know you must be a busy, busy person so I won't be upset if you don't answer this - but I had to try: 1. What authors have inspired you to write? 2. How important are your character's names? 3. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment? 4. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 5. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 6. If you weren’t a writer, what profession would you like to have? 7. What literary character is most like you? (cont'd)
I know you must be a busy, busy person so I won’t be upset if you don’t answer this - but I had to try:
This is a lot of questions. I will offer some very short answers.
1. What authors have inspired you to write?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Edith Wharton, James Baldwin, Danielle Steele
2. How important are your character’s names?
As important as a person’s name is to them
3. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
4. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was like 4 years old.
5. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Give a damn about what you do, work hard, know that sometimes your best won’t be good enough and that’s okay. It’s them not you.
6. If you weren’t a writer, what profession would you like to have?
Cake decorator like Peeta
7. What literary character is most like you?
Gosh, I don’t know.
8. Which of your own characters is most like you?
Hmmm. Emotionally, I am quite a lot like Mireille in my novel An Untamed State which is, BTW, out on May 6.
9. What are your current ongoing projects?
I am working on a nonfiction book and thinking through an anthology project and some short stories and essays and three novels.
10. Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how do you get rid of it?
I certainly do. I generally try to chill and read something awesome or go to the movies and find some kind of inspiration.
11. What does your writing process look like?
I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to write and really immersing myself in the topic or a character or a setting, and then I give myself over to the writing.
12. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be kind to yourself. You deserve kindness.
#11 the thinking part is so important for me as well
I used to be super anti-Kindle and I have to say that, overall, I prefer the visual experience of text on a printed page (there’s no artistry to the blah, customizable Kindle interface), but my Kindle Fire and its backlit screen (and iPhone app) have been a godsend when it comes to middle of the night insomnia. No more shitty, wormy booklights or having to leave the bed so as not to disturb my boyfriend.
I’m still not on board with the drones though.
Don’t ever read emails you sent when you were 19 or you will find something like this (sent to a professor): “This may seem random, but I just want to apologize for not paying attention in class on Monday. It was extremely disrespectful and I feel like a terd about it, especially since I really admire you.”