Hello! Hola! Bonjour!
Internet tags distract me from my writing, which I love because sometimes the words refuse to flow. So, when I need a few minutes to release myself from my draft’s clutches, I can blame them while simultaneously writing.
Do you buy that excuse for distraction? It’s true. Writing tags help me relax. Strange indeed.
I found this one and while I’ve published poetry and nonfiction, I call myself a rising author because, well, I’m working on a novel I intend on publishing. Rising, right? Yep.
1. What’s your favorite thing to write about?
Don’t worry, but I’m quite fond of writing about women society perceives as bad or troubled. I find them fascinating. They’re real to me. There are no filters, and while some of their trouble stems from iffy backgrounds, I love having them in my life.
2. How do you choose names for your characters?
I look at their characteristics or plot points to see what name best fits them. For example, in my current WIP, my protagonist’s girlfriend’s name is Daisy. She acts as a thing of beauty to my protagonist, like a flower. Plus, she’s really into natural and holistic lifestyles.
3. Can you do other things while writing? (e.g. eating, listening to music, etc.)
Listening to playlists/soundboards related to my writing helps a lot. Of course, I chow down and drink tea/water as I write too. Never had trouble with either aspect as I write.
4. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kyra. Benedict Cumberbatch as her villain, Dr. Bain Hunter.
5. Do you outline, or make the story up as you go?
I’m primarily a pantser; however, when I get to the middle, I’ll semi-outline. I’ll know where I want to go, but I’ll actually write down plot points I need to occur.
6. Which one of your characters are you most similar to?
Definitely Kyra. She’s sharp and witty. At some point, while I first wrote her, I told myself I could befriend her in real life because she’s very much like me.
7. Which of your characters do you wish you had never created?
Dr. Bain Hunter. I like charismatic villains, but damn. I don’t want people thinking I’m romanticizing his deviant behavior. Far from it.
8. Do you let other people read your writing?
Of course! I feed off others’ perceptions from my words. But, I only share with people I believe will give me constructive, honest opinions.
9. What’s the oddest thing you know about one of your characters?
Dr. Bain Hunter’s, my villain, is ticklish. But, no one knows because he doesn’t chill and relax. He doesn’t let people get close enough to dare tickle him.
11. How many first drafts have you completed?
One. I finished one. I’m on my second draft. Oh, boy! The draft life’s hard.
12. If you could have any author edit your writing, who would it be?
Toni Morrison or Zadie Smith. I’d cook their meals for a solid month if I got the chance.
13. What is your favourite genre to write?
Psychological thrillers. Adult fiction.
14. What genre will you never try, and why?
War fiction. I can’t write what I’m not a fan of, right?
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