Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.?
I work at home at my desk. Occasionally I’ll go to my local library or coffee shop, but I’ve found that I can’t get any quality writing done in public—I’m too busy people-watching. So I stick to my bedroom!
What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?
I use a MacBook Pro for almost everything I write. There is a special kind of magic that comes with writing by hand, though, so I’ll occasionally use a spiral-bound notebook and a Bic mechanical pencil. I’m not sure why the pencil has to be Bic, but I can’t stand any other kind.
What is your routine for writing?
My daily routine for writing is more or less as follows: in the morning, I spend a few hours working with the fitness websites that I freelance for. Then I’ll work on my novel—I’m currently in the editing stages of a YA dystopian novel. By then it’s typically lunchtime, and I don’t do any writing in the afternoon; I go to work (I work for a local nonprofit), run errands, or spend time with friends. Late at night, I come back to my laptop, browse Pinterest, and play around with ideas for flash fiction pieces.
How long have you been writing? When did you start writing?
I wrote my first “story” when I was five, but I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in middle school. During my senior year of high school, I became even more focused and began applying for freelance jobs and submitting my fiction to various publications.
Who is your intended, or ideal, audience? Who do you write for?
With my freelance jobs, I write to a very specific niche of people who own CrossFit gyms. However, my true love is fiction. I write a lot of YA, so my ideal audience is teens, but I like to think that all ages would enjoy my stories!
What inspires you to write? If you are blocked, what do you do?
Visiting new places, whether it’s an ethnic restaurant in my hometown or the mountains of South America (where I love to hike!), always floods my mind with ideas. If I’m running on fumes, I step away from my laptop in favor of a change of scenery, which normally fills me right up.
What other things do you do besides writing? Do you dance or play golf, etc.?
I play softball at a competitive level. I also work with a nonprofit that tutors underprivileged kids, and I’m obsessed with theater.
What is your favorite part of the creative process?
My favorite part of the creative process is either the very beginning, or close to the end. I love coming up with new ideas, starting from square one, and plotting how to make them happen, but I also love that moment near the end when all the puzzle pieces are beginning to fit together and I can see what I’ve created.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Don’t sit back and wait to be discovered. It’s completely possible for you to be published, but you have to be proactive and get your name out there. Submit to as many places as possible—and before you do so, edit again and again!