A little while ago, I asked you guys to send me questions. I never specified a direction for them, but the majority of them ended up being about my writing. So because I suck at intros and there are kind of a lot of questions, let’s get right to it.
Milk or dark chocolate?
MILK. CHOCOLATE. EVERY. DAY.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I really like real-life locations that were the inspiration for book locations. So, Forks Washington would be cool cause I’m a massive Twilight nerd. Also New Zealand…because that’s where they filmed Lord of The Rings…and the Shire is basically the coolest place ever.
…except I’m really more of an elf girl than a hobbit girl…#TeamLegolas
What’s the most life-changing book you’ve ever read?
I hate that you’re making me choose. But as I was scrolling through my Goodreads (trying to find the perfect answer), only one book felt right: This Is Not The End by Chandler Baker. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is probably my favorite book. It deals so closely with grief and death, forcing the reader to ask the question of how far would you go to bring back someone you love. And while the ending may be too easy to see coming, I was blindsided and lost in my tears. It really left me feeling broken and whole and satisfied because it was the ending I needed to hear. It helped give me closure for my own life, and I think that’s what makes it so meaningful and life-changing for me.
Do you bullet journal?
I did, for a few months back in 2017 and the beginning of 2018. I used it to track my word count for NaNoWriMo. But I eventually lost interest and stopped…
What got you into blogging? Writing?
I started blogging in 2016. Some of my friends were doing the whole blogger thing, and I kinda thought it would be fun to try it too. Also, while that blog still exists, please don’t try to find it…because you won’t. It’s been private basically since it’s inception, so it’s impossible to find unless you’ve been granted permission by yours truly. It was an interesting and fun time in my life, but it was time for a new adventures, which is why this blog exists. ❤
As for what got me into writing, well, that’s a whole story that I don’t wanna disclose to the internet just yet. But in the meantime, I’ll give you this: I’ve always loved stories. As a kid, I devoured every Nancy Drew book I could get my little hands on. I consumed book after book and story after story. My heart has always belonged to Aslan and Middle Earth. I’ve always felt more at home in the adventures and dystopian tales than I have in the real world. It’s where I long to escape and it’s where I find refuge from the storms of reality.
And well, I guess along the way I discovered that I could write some of these stories too.
What’s your favorite color?
I have a thing for cold colors: pinks, blues, purples. Anything girly, I guess. 😉
Would you rather lose the ability to read or the ability to speak?
I would rather lose the ability to speak. If I couldn’t read, I’d probably go insane because reading is necessary for almost everything that I love doing: reading, writing, blogging, learning, journaling, etc. It all involves reading and, while I would definitely hate not being able to talk, I think I could survive better if I have my book babies. ❤
What’s one song you’ve had on repeat lately?
I always have more than one song on repeat. But since you only asked for one, I’ll go with Oblivion by Bastille.
Favorite writing snack?
I don’t normally eat while I write…it’s usually a coffee or hot chocolate that’s sitting on my bedside table. But I do really like peanut m&ms because they’re yummy AND not super messy to consume whilst typing messy words.
What inspired your WIP?
Which WIP? Lol, since she didn’t clarify, I’ll just give y’all the least spoilery origin story.
I’ve always loved Beauty and The Beast. Belle was my favorite Disney princess when I was a kid and I adored the movie. Roses, a cursed prince, a strong and independent female lead…what’s not to love? My fairytale retelling (you can read a little about it over on My Writing page) is, as you’ve probably guessed, a Beauty and The Beast retelling. In writing the first draft, I basically destroyed every expectation that comes with a retelling of this particular story. I wrote it during the 2017 NaNoWriMo. The story is in its rawest form, with only the bones of a good story. But it has so much potential. And I really do love it.
Wow, that got wayyy off track. But hey, now you know a bit about my little fairytale novella. 🌹
Is writing more of a hobby or career to you?
A career, 100%.
Who do you let read your writing first?
My mom. Every time. I mean, I usually end up reading it aloud to her, but she’s always the first person to see anything I write.
What’s a story (movie, book, play, or even song) that you’re just truly in awe of?
I don’t know if it really counts as a story, but Bloodshot by Dove Cameron. There’s something really emotional and powerful about the way she sings this song. Even the lyrics are heartbreakingly accurate (especially the second verse). It’s a song about loss and well, I know what that’s like. Almost two year ago, I lost a friend in a very tragic and unexpected way. So Dove’s words really resonate with me, especially these gems:
Thanks for all the fabulous questions! I had so much fun answering them and thinking about what I should say. But now it’s YOUR turn. What’s your go-to writing snack? How did you stumble into the blogosphere? What book has changed your life? I love chatting with you guys, so feel free to leave your answers in a comment and we’ll discuss all the beautiful and bookish things. <333