Monday, February 1, 2010

Answers! Answers are here!

Okay, you guys have asked and I've answered. Today, is the first round of answers.

And I'm almost positive that once I get all of these wonderful questions (that made my brain hurt because I actually had to think) answered (we're talkin' three days worth of bloggin' here) you will never want to ask me another question, ever again.

Consider yourself forewarned. ; )

Here we go:

DL Hammons asked:

What was the first thing you wrote that somebody actually made a fuss about? (Because it was good - of course)

Well, DL, I’m relatively new to the whole writing thing, so this question should really easy to answer. My mom totally fussed over the first story I ever wrote, even though it was a complete mess. Aren’t Moms the bestest?

I’m working on a new story right now. I don’t usually share my work with many while I’m writing, because it’s embarrassing and I’m wimpy like that. A couple of people I have shared my new WIP with, so far, are Eva and Shae, and I truly love them (not in a weird stalker way…get your mind of the of gutters people) for all of the enthusiasm, motivation, and support they have provided. They're the best! (You should feel sorry for them, really you should.) Watch out Kristi and're next. (Muahahahahhaa)

When was the last time you cried watching a movie, and what movie was it?

Hmm…this is such a hard question because I usually avoid all sad movies for this very reason.

I guess I would have to say the last movie I cried while watch was The Hangover.

I know, I’m weird, but that movie was so freakin’ funny. I laughed until I cried and almost peed my pants (I said almost… That would be so totally gross!).

Jennifer Shirk asked:

Is there a book you are looking forward to buying or reading this year?

Thanks to Daisy, I’m hooked on The Hunger Games series. I literally can. not. wait! It’s just that good. Suzanne Collins I bow down to you! She is AMAZING!

Thanks a lot, Daisy! XXOO

Have you ever tried to write anything else besides YA?

You mean to tell me there are books out there that aren’t YA??? What???

I’ve never tried to write anything other than YA. It seems, I love high school so much I just never want it to end! Plus, high school boys are hot (the fake ones, of course…umm…pretend I didn’t say that)!

Kristin Rae asked:

How long have you known that you wanted to be a writer, and what inspired you to make the big push to seriously try?

I’ve always wanted to write novel, but I’ve only known I wanted to be a writer for about a year now.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have a very addictive personality (blogging, TV, Tweeting…you name it, I'm addicted). And the moment I realized I could create people that I could actually control…hands down…I knew I had to do this forever.

(Bwahahahaha. All of my characters must bow down to me.) ; )

Cleverly Inked asked:

If you had to pick a different career besides writing...What would it be?

I’m so glad you asked because I did choose another career, but if I tell you…you have to promise not to tell anyone. Or, I will have to kill you. And I don’t want to have to do that because I love you all so much.

By day, I’m a super duper top-secret detective whose job, deciphering enemy code, saves millions of lives ever single day. (Or, I work in medical coding. Whatever! I like the first one better!) Sounds fun, huh?

I still ask myself how a person whose major was interior design, ended up working in the medical field, aspiring to be a author every. single. day.

Ann Elle Altman asked: Question1: Writers have rituals. What rituals have you picked up along the way?

Rituals. I’m afraid I have none. Unless, surfing YouTube for fun videos, tweeting, facebooking, and emailing everyone while I should be writing actually counts. Does it???

I hope so, cause then I could justify all of it. And, you all know how I like to justify my procrastinations. ; )

Question2: Where do your ideas come from? Do you base them on things or events you've experienced?

My ideas come from everywhere: pictures, videos, music, etc. All forms of media inspire me. For some reason though, my best ideas always come while driving, showering, or when I’m about to go to sleep. Apparently, inconvenience is a big idea bully. Who knew?

As for your second question, I do incorporate some of mine, my families, my friends experiences into my stories, but I'll never tell what's fact and what's fiction. (Muahahahahaha.) You'll have to try and figure that one out on your own. It's so much more fun that way. ; )

Questions3: What is your editing process?

I have to say: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE EDITING!! You should feel sorry for my poor critique partners. My love of editing is biggest reason it takes me forever (I don’t think you understand, I mean FOREVER!!!) to finish anything. I edit while I write. Then I edit after I’m finished. Then I edit some more. And some more. And then, I edit again! See how this can be a problem?

I don’t really feel I’ve been writing enough to form a real editing process, but I’ve come across a few I feel would work for me. Via the wonderful Stephanie Perkins and Natalie Whipple.

You should check them out! These two ladies are made of awesomeness.

Elana Johnson asked:

Why did you start writing? What does writing do for you in your life? Fulfill a need? Give you joy? Erase your pain? What?

I started writing for the same reason everyone else does: to be an uber famous and wealthy author who gets to gets to cast her own characters with boys as hot as Edward and Jacob. Duh!

Okay, you want the real answer?

I started writing at a very hectic time in my life. It was time I needed to escape and I couldn’t find any story out there that I wanted to read. So, I decided to write my own, the story I was looking for but couldn’t find. And I haven’t stopped since! : )

Heather asked:

I'm so bad at coming up with questions, so I have none. But I can't wait to read your answers!

Heather, bless you. So does this mean it’s time for a YouTube break???

Methinks so. YAY! Heather you are like my most favoritest person right now.

Have a great day, everyone! And I expect to see you back here tomorrow for round two (oh, joy!).


  1. Yay for question and answers! I love how you always keep it interesting!!!

    I must say I found it really funny when I saw that you were majoring in Interior Design, because that was my original plan as well!!! Though instead of medical coding I am in seismic data (no I didn't go to school for that!!!)

    Happy Monday!!

  2. Great blog. I went through all your questions and answers and now I'm going to check out the links you suggest. Thanks for posting.


  3. Cool. I'll have to check out the Hunger Games series.

    PS.I loved editing, too!

  4. I've recently discovered that I really like the word 'methinks'.

    Funny post! I'm glad you had to think.

  5. Gah! Hunger Games, Wake, and Hush Hush. I have to get through Shoeless Joe first, but then I am going to DEMOLISH those books! Thanks for reminding me.

    Also, wow, only 1 year that you've known? How cute! I feel like everyone is like me (I've known since I was a little girl) so it's refreshing to see someone realize it more recently. :)

  6. I am new to your blog--so hello and nice job. I am just starting out as well and really loving every minute of it. I am an interior designer part time and a mommy full time so I am squeezing in my passion where it fits.
    Take care.

  7. Those were all really good. I love getting to know the person behind the blog a little better. I'll definitely be back for round two. XD

  8. I loved this... but then again I like peeking into other writers minds. Very enlightening. :)

  9. I LOVE these little insights into your fun is this???

  10. You like to edit??? No way! I mean, you're joking, right? :)

    Jokes aside, these were awesome answers. And I just love you to pieces (in a non stalker kind of way). You understand :)

    I just used way too many happy faces. Oh, and one more thing... Stefan!!!!

  11. Jen - Does anyone actually do what they go to school for??? I think not. (Okay, well maybe doctors, and lawyers, and...well pretty much everyone...forget I said this.) ; )

    Ann - Thanks! And be sure to come back tomorrow and Wednesday for more answers! YAY?

    Jennifer - You must check out The Hunger Games!!! NOW!!!

    Jon - Methinks I don't like to think. ; )

    Kristan - What?? You must read those books...soon! What have you been doing? I mean it's not like we writers have anything to do, right? ; )

  12. Christine - Thanks for stopping by.
    : ) I hope to see you again soon.

    Gavin - Aww...thanks. You're so sweet. I really don't know why anyone would want to come back for this torture, but thanks. LOL. : )

    DL - Thanks! : )

    Kristi - I'm so happy you loved it. Just think you get two more days of it. I hope you really, really love it! : )

  13. Eva - HA! Like you didn't know I love editing. I feel sorry for you and constantly (once) wonder why you want to be my friend.

    And then I thought about it and I figured it's just because we're both so awesome. I mean, writing two books in three days. WOW. We're good! (OMG and up WTF?) That one should be fun! ; )

    And, just for you, I worked in some Stefan pictures both tomorrow and Wednesday, because I love you that much (oh, and Stefan too, of course)!

    PS - You know you want to stalk me, you just live too far away. ; ) LOL.

  14. Interesting answers! It was fun to learn more about you.

  15. Stefan, did you say Stefan? Now I'm stalking your blog!

    And WTF will be awesome! I know it, you know it, soon the world will know it!

  16. LOL! Yes they will. Or, they'll run for the hills, screaming. Either way Stefan is still making an appearance in my next two posts. YAY!!! : )

  17. Great questions and answers! (I'm a crazy editor, too, and started writing for about the same reason you did.)



    from the desk of a writer

  18. Fab Q&A!! And thanks for mentioning me! I am so surprised and flattered.

    :) :) :)

  19. Corra - Thanks! ; )

    Stephanie - You're just fabulous. Period! ; )

  20. I have an award for you on my blog... and Damon was so hot on lost!

  21. Eva - Awww.. you're the bestest! And you're so right about Damon on LOST! ; )