So I’ve entered this awesome contest, which is for unagented writers that have never been in a competition before. I’m really excited, obviously. Except I’m not quite sure how a blog hop works. Hopefully nobody notices if I’m doing it wrong. To those of you who don’t know me, I’m Emily Mead, Australian writer, Potterhead, Whovian, nerdfighter and crazy person. I intern for Entranced Publishing. I’m 1/8 of Aussie Owned and Read. Or at least that’s what my Twitter profile says (I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist a bit of shameless self-promotion).
There are some questions I have to answer. Which is even more exciting. Am I saying exciting too much? Okay, here we go:
How do you remember your first kiss?
Okay, well, as some of you may know, I’m sixteen. I kissed this guy that I’d known since we were both babies when I was like eleven. Which obviously doesn’t count, so I’m going to ignore that and say it hasn’t happened yet. God knows I write about first kisses often enough that it should have happened, but…nope.
What was your first favorite love song?
I’m not really into love songs *gasp* I would have to say “Love is Easy.” Which isn’t exactly from a long time ago, but I love it. It’s so simple and catchy, and it can apply to your friends as family as well as that special someone.
What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
Avoid writing. Mostly. Which is stupid because when I actually START the writing process, it’s amazing. It feels great. To get started I look at my recent word counts on Camp NaNoWriMo (38k as of tonight, woohoo!) and decide I’d better start. When it’s NOT NaNoWriMo, I generally look at Twitter and get inspired by all the amazing things people are doing. So I open up Scrivener…and begin.
Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
I started writing by copying out my favourite book, THE NEWSPAPER DOG. But I think the biggest influence on me (cliche alert) was J K Rowling. Since then it’s been many many authors, most notably John Green. So yeah. I’m a walking cliche. Sue me.
Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
Heh. My first book? That was the “book” I wrote when I was about nine. It was called FAIRY DUST, and it sucked donkey balls. But then I picked it back up a year later, rewrote it aaaand….it still sucked. So I guess that’s the answer.
For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
To be honest I’m not really sure. It was quite a while ago. So I’ll answer in regards to my second book, which was called DAUGHTER OF MERLIN (it also sucked). It was the plot that came first for me, a retelling of the Arthurian legend, in modern times. Since then, it’s usually been the characters that come to me first.
What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
Loony! I’d like to think that what I write is humorous, and kooky, and yes…a little bit loony.
Aaaand…that’s all for my blog hop, which I have most definitely done wrong. Thanks for reading (anyone out there?). I hope everyone does really well in the contest, and that I pressed “send” on my email quick enough!
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