Elizabeth joined the group later than everyone else, but quickly weaseled her way into our hearts and we’d never let her go! (You really have no choice Elizabeth, you’re stuck with us FOREVER… and yes, I said that in the Sandlot voice..)
yeahyeah, you couldn't get rid of me if you tried!
Questions have been asked. Answers have been given. Let's get to it and find out more about Elizabeth!
Have you always loved reading?
Mostly. I wasn't the girl with a book always in her hands growing up, but I did love to read a lot. It never really went away, but the amount I read decreased quite a bit through middle school, and mostly disappeared in high school. I still always read a few books a year, but it wasn't until I got my hands on Twilight (much later than most everyone else) that I remembered how much I love to read and started reading again all the time. I feel sad when I think about all the books I could have been reading growing up and didn't, especially the classics. I feel very behind, but I'm slowly catching up. I'm still always the last to know about a book though.
Which book do you wish you’d written first?
I've never thought that about a book, but I recently (like the weekend before last) had that experience with the movie (trailer), The Purge: Anarchy. I have never even heard of the first movie, and have only seen the trailer for this one, but in the movie theater I turned to my husband after it was over and said, "Why the hell didn't I think of that? I'd so write that book." I mean, it is a really interesting idea.
What is your writing process? Do you listen to music, prefer stone-cold silence, or like to write in the middle of a busy café?
I can adapt to most environments because I'm really good at blocking out noise but I do have a favorite. First there is the proper attire: my favorite hoodie, my knit hat, and comfy pants, and my headphones. (the headphones go over the hat and under my hood... I like to feel all closed in). Then I either pick an artist (my favs are Red, Breaking Benjamin, Bush, The Fray, and recently Ellie Goulding), a mixed playlist, or classical, and listen to it along with rainymood.com. (It's awesome, seriously) Then I just go at it and try not to get distracted by Facebook (try... but often fail.)
1. How have I never heard about rainymood.com? That sounds amazing!
It is! Go there now!
2. I feel like if I were to see you in a coffee shop, I wouldn't approach you. But maybe you want it that way?
Only if I'm in the middle of a great scene. Otherwise, I'd love your company!
What book are you currently working on? What is it about?
It's called Spark of Light (The Exodus) Avery: Book 1, and it's the first draft I've ever finished, but I've already started book 2, have a 3rd planned, and a whole other finished draft of another story waiting for edits.
In short (because I need to write a new blurb), it's about a girl named Avery. She's an elf, and she's also a slave (humans enslaved elves after a magical war), however, she's different than the others--she can't be broken. With the help of her master's nephew, Zander, she begins to discover the magic inside her, but she is soon ripped away from him. Where she goes might have the power to finally break her, but she'll also uncover answers to questions that she didn't know to ask, like who she really is, and the real reason she was born. Armed with this new knowledge of her destiny, Avery will have to decide to fulfill it or step out of the fight. Either way, everything is about to change and there is a price on her head.
I read the rough draft and I loved it!! So.Amazing!!
Thank you <3
If we were all just characters in a comic book, what would your super power/x--‐men mutation be? Would you be a hero, a villain, or just some gal (guy) with a really neat trick?
Invisibility, hands down. And I'd be the person who can't make up their mind about being the hero or villain. I mean, being a Hero would be awesome... I'm a good person, I like to help people, but sometimes being the villain is fun.
Of course you'd want to be invisible. Of.Course. (coughdirtygirlcough)
I wasn't even thinking that (okayIwas) There are many perks to being invisible! (thatdidnthelpdidit?)
When did you first have that “aha!” moment when you KNEW you wanted to write?
I've always liked to write. I even won a contest in second grade with a book about a cat and a dog overcoming their differences and becoming friends (deep, I know.) I played around with poetry through the years (that NO ONE will ever see,) and started a couple stories that never went anywhere. The "aha!" moment when I realized I really wanted to do this, and do it for real, was in December 2012. I'd read Denise Grover Swank's book THERE and even though I loved the ending, I needed more. Knowing that particular story line was over I mentioned to Denise that I should write a fan-fic about it. It didn't take me long to bust out about 40 pages, and I had a blast doing it. I sent it to Denise and she loved it, so I asked if she thought I had potential (you guys, she should have said no! Looking back on that fan-fic... OMG! Okay, okay... the "story" isn't bad, but the structure and grammar was just... well that was bad.) BUT, she said yes. I was floored and it gave me the confidence to take the first steps, and I am so glad I took those steps. I love this job!
Holy hell!! You have some serious guts! I'd never be able to approach an author like that. But, I'm totally glad you did!
It wasn't my first interaction with her, but I was still nervous as hell to have her read it. But Denise is the more approachable, awesome, amazing person ever. And she writes the best books in the world!
We all know that Briggs is our Unicorn (elusive and rarely seen), but if you could have a mythical creature as a pet, which would you choose?
Well, I want a unicorn! Not to be confused with the unicorn mentioned above because I doubt I'm allowed to ride that one. And I don't mean it like that! (I know what your dirty minds are thinking!)
Dirty minds?! YOU were the one who said it!!!
Which is how I know you were thinking it! :-)
Me always wanting a unicorn makes sense I guess. Like a lot of people, I always want the unattainable the very most. But unlike a lot of people (who are more in touch with reality), I actually believe for a moment I can get it. It sucks because when I don't it's even more heartbreaking, but it's also awesome because I always have hope and keep on reaching, and I don't think I'd want it any other way.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress. I still would if I thought I'd be any good at it, but I can't even convincingly act like I'm sleeping.
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