I found this tag through The Magic Violinist! Do it on your own blog if you want – I’m not tagging anyone specifically but I will make up my own questions so you can do those, or the ones I did, or both.
Fantasy or sci-fi?
To write or to read? I’d rather read fantasy and I’d rather write science fiction. Not what you expected, right? I bet you thought I’d say fantasy for both. But worldbuilding for fantasy is hard.
Male or female protagonists?
Again, to write or to read? I prefer female protagonists in both cases, but my opinion isn’t quite as strong when it comes to reading. I have trouble writing male characters, especially teenage guys.
Epic adventures or simple, small-town life? (This can apply to books and real life.)
Epic adventures, in both situations. I wish I could have fantastical escapades with hobbits and dragons and hippogriffs. But that stuff doesn’t exist in smallish-town Indiana. Sigh.
What book would somebody have to pay you to read?
I don’t know. Any book written by Ayn Rand, maybe? I tried reading a page of one once and I didn’t know why I’d wasted my time.
I do like how she spelled her name, though. I keep a list of interestingly-spelled names to give to future characters.
What book have you reread the most?
I think it’s a three-way tie: I have read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, and All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen at least five times each. Wildly different books, I know, but that’s what I like.
Do you buy used books? Why or why not?
Yes! Yes, yes, yes!
See, I rarely buy new books unless I’ve already read them because I don’t want to waste my money on something I might not like. (So I use the library a lot instead.) But used books are a lot cheaper so when I do want to buy something I haven’t yet read, I prefer used books.
What genre would be wildly out of your comfort zone to write/read?
For writing, I would feel uncomfortable with historical fiction because I would have to do a lot of research – I couldn’t make stuff up like I do with fantasy and other genres.
For reading, I wouldn’t like horror. I’ve read a little, but they’re mostly children’s horror books so they’re usually not too terrifying. I’m a wimp.
First drafts or edits?
This is a hard question. I do like seeing my stories slowly improve through editing, but sometimes editing is a pain in the butt. Actually, it usually is. I supposed I love first drafts more – I love the feeling of putting all my thoughts about the story onto paper.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Daydreaming! Especially after finishing a really good fantasy novel because it makes me feel pumped about writing epic stories of my own! And I usually get all my best ideas late at night as I’m falling asleep, which means I don’t always remember them in the morning!
Do you write stories based on real life experiences? Why or why not?
Sort of. I base characters on people I know, or have something funny that happened to a friend happen to a character, but I don’t often include an event that happened to me. My life hasn’t been very interesting.
- What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing?
- What kind of music do you not like to listen to while writing? Why? Does it distract you or something?
- Who or what was the inspiration for the first character you ever wrote?
- Do you usually have romance in your stories? Why or why not?
- Which author(s) do you think you write like?
- Are your stories usually funny or serious?
- What is the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
- What is the worst thing someone has ever said about your writing?
- Why are all these questions about writing?
- Would you rather own a castle or all the chocolate in the world?
Have a lovely weekend, readers!