Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I can’t quite remember the exact age when I got into writing. However, I remember writing a lot of short stories when I was a little kid and I really enjoyed doing that. I’d usually write on this type of paper where you had a few big spaces at the bottom of the page and the top half the paper would be blank to leave room for a drawing.
One of the short stories I remember writing as a kid was a story that was based on a dream my brother had when he was much younger. The dream involved him waking up one morning to discover that his neck was as long as a giraffe’s and he had to try and go through an entire day like this. I also remember my handwriting being really large and kind of messy but thankfully, it has dramatically improved over time!
Tell us about your books.
While I haven’t officially published any books yet, I’m working on my first novel as of this interview. The book will be called Kenji and Yuki: A Japanese Tale. Because the book is currently in the skeleton draft or plot outline phase, specific details are subject to change. What I can tell you for certain is that the book is going to be a coming of age story that focuses on a girl named Yuki Sakamoto.
How did you go about getting published?
I’ve been doing some research on both traditional publishing and self-publishing and based on what I’ve read, I feel that self-publishing would be a better fit for my upcoming novel. While I would have to do some of the work that traditional publishing would do automatically, (i.e advertising, proofreading, designing the cover, etc.), I’d have much greater control over the publishing process. If you want to read more about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, I’d recommend checking out two articles I found while doing research on this subject down below.
Link to First Article: (https://www.thecreativepenn.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional/)
Link to Second Article: (https://www.scribendi.com/advice/traditional_versus_self_publishing.en.html)
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
When it comes to writing a story, I usually start writing up a character sheet. These sheets include information about the character such as their appearance, role in the story, likes and dislikes, and I may put in a bit of plot summary so it makes writing up a skeleton draft of the plot much easier. To me, characters are the most important part of the story. If you don’t care about the characters (i.e you find them to be bland, boring, and/or unlikable), why would you want to read about what happens to them?
After all of the character sheets are written up, I move onto writing a basic plot outline (Skeleton Draft) for my story. This is a basic point for point layout about what may happen in the story. Sometimes when I’m writing, certain events may be different in my final draft then in my skeleton draft. For example, in the final draft, I may add detail to a certain part, remove something that doesn’t work, or rework the part in another way. If you’re writing and you forget a plot point in your story, you can always refer back to your skeleton draft.
An example of a skeleton draft can be seen here: (http://pastebin.com/rxygzten)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
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