Full Interview with Vinny O’Hare of Book Reader Magazine
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’m a lover of YA. I devour John Green, Sarah Dessen, Marie Rutkoski, Kiera Cass, and the like. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is always my answer to “What is your favorite book?”. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran are both books that affected me to my core. I’m also a huge sucker for dystopians. Obviously Harry Potter is a given; they were the beginning of my love affair with reading. The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve got a quote from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath tattooed on my arm. All in all, I’m looking for books that make me cry-tears of devastation, hope, laughter-and books that stay with me for years to follow.
Full Interview with Mercedes Fox
Why do you write?
I was never the type to speak up. I remember in school the teachers used to tell us not to be afraid to ask questions because chances are there were others in the class who had the same questions, but were too afraid to ask. I was one of those students who would sit and pray that someone would ask my question and, if they didn’t, I would wing it. But writing makes me brave. Writing helps me flesh out my own thoughts and opinions, and it is my way to ask questions for those of us who are too afraid to speak up.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
I listen. I take note on what didn’t work or what is subjective criticism and I incorporate it into what I know about storytelling. I don’t want to stubbornly make the same mistakes over and over again. I want to grow as a writer. But I also have to tell myself that my writing just won’t jive with everyone, and that’s okay. It’s hard to hear negativity toward something that you spent so much time and effort on, something you put your whole heart into, but all reviews are important reviews.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Sylvia Plath. I’m fascinated by her and wonder what her take on modern youth would be, particularly growing up as a girl in the present.
What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self publishing?
I originally was completely anti-self publishing. I thought it would be too much work and impossible for someone like me who didn’t know a single thing about how the industry worked. There are a lot of great things about traditional publishing, but I’m very happy with my decision to self-publish my first novel. I like the control and being forced to actively learn the business.
Full Interview with Alan of Writer’s Community
Tell us more about you? You say you are a self-confessed people person, tell us more about this?
I’m a people person in the sense that I tend to have a lot of compassion for people and their stories. I always try to think about the cycles that result in the way people are, and I usually give the benefit of the doubt. I find myself fighting facts in order to believe in the good in people because I need to believe there is good in humanity. I’m very introverted, though, and that makes me an observer of people. I’m perfectly fine to sit in a group and listen and take it all in, but more often than not I don’t really want to have to participate in the group.
If you were not able to write, is there any other creative medium that you would use, and why?
It’s not related to writing, but my second go-to creative outlet is makeup artistry. I think it’s incredible what different colours and where you place colours can do to transform a face.