Know the Novel pt. 2 // Within the WIP

Hey all! Wow…so November is almost over already? I don’t know how that happened…but here we are I guess. This is a little late getting out, but I thought I’d still join in the second part of Christine’s Know the Novel anyway, because why not? Let’s get into the questions!

How’s the writing going overall?

I’d like to say it’s going great, but…that would be a lie. 😂 I jumped on board to participate in Christine’s FallFicFrenzy and I was super excited and pumped about it! The first week was pretty smooth sailing. Me and my family went up north for a weekend retreat and I even brought my laptop and got a decent amount of writing done up in the boonies! 😂

But things started to happen. Life started changing for me. I quit my job, namely, which was creating a lot of stress. I don’t even know why it felt like there was no time for writing. I probably should’ve scheduled my time better during that early period, but it just didn’t happen and by the time Nov. 15 rolled around, I had only gotten a small part of my initial goal finished. Which I was still happy with, and I’m still working on Mr. Awake and it’s going well. It just didn’t quite work out for me to fully participate in FallFicFrenzy how I wanted to. But I’m excited about future writing challenges the FicFrenzy Discord group is thinking up!

What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

It’s really been the characters for me so far. I just love these characters so much. Their interactions. Their quirks. Their backstories. It’s just been so fun exploring that and discovering more about them, going deeper than I thought I would, delving into these characters lives.

What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?

Daryl is a blast to write. He’s my main character, and I’ve just been loving his ‘can’t-leave-well-enough-alone’ spirit. He just wants to help people and the world is trying its darnedest to make that difficult for him. But he’s working against the odds!

Has your novel surprised you in any way?

Oh, for sure. There was one character in particular (I won’t say because spoilers 😉) that I had NO IDEA had such an interesting backstory. So that was fun to figure out.

Have you come across any problem areas?

I think the better question is: are there any areas that aren’t problem areas? 😂 But actually, yes, there have been quite a few problem areas. Some huge, gaping plot holes (like, hey, I need to decide what the conflict of my novel’s going to be, whoops), and other subtler, less-noticeable-but-still-there issues (like, why is that even happening, what was the purpose of that scene/interaction). Editing this one will be a blast…

What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

The fact that I actually have made decent progress on it! I haven’t worked on another novel in so long since the publishing of Imprint, it feels like I’m stepping into a totally different, new, scary world with this story. But I’ve been loving it and it’s been coming along very nicely.

If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’d like to say I’d be as cool as Daryl, but I’d probably be more like Serena, a woman Daryl meets early on in the story. She’s pretty level-headed, smart, and picks up on things really quick.

I don’t know that I’d take any different courses of action, honestly. I don’t really like books where the characters make dumb decisions. Obviously, there can be other factors at work that play into decisions made, like high emotions, etc., but I’m talking about purely dumb decisions. It’s so frustrating watching characters flounder about not because of the actual things at stake in the story, but because of something dumb they did. It feels like a stupid way to force conflict.

End rant. 😂

Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!

Here’s the first few lines:

The suddenness of the red splatter on his coworker’s lab coat made Daryl feel dizzy.

He steadied himself against the smooth white wall of the lab hallway. “What happened?” Daryl said breathlessly, swallowing back his disgust.

Stacey’s eyes were wide. “I-I didn’t have a choice.”

Annnnnd some other fun snippets:

The phone rang.

That would be Jason. Please no, Jas. Not now.

Daryl ignored the ringing, holding his face in his hands.

This is the last thing I needed.

I never should’ve gone on that stupid cruise. What good did that do me?

Absolutely none.

Flopping miserably on his couch, Daryl shut his eyes, willing his phone to shut up.

He groaned as his brother’s voice came through the voicemail. “Daryl, if you don’t pick up the phone right now, I swear I will personally drive to your apartment and confront you in person.”

Tony sat up, fiddling with his glasses. “You have the heart of a hero, Daryl Meredith. It’s a shame you’re powerless.”

“You’d best watch your back, Tony. Now that Starry Eye has seen what you’re doing, you won’t get away with it.”

Tony smirked. “I already have.”

Daryl turned to leave.

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out,” Tony called.

It took all of Daryl’s strength not to burst in and destroy Tony’s entire office. He glanced back with a look of warning. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

“Quoting the Bible to me? I hadn’t realized you were religious, Daryl.” Tony raised an eyebrow. “I can do that, too; judge not, lest ye be judged.”

Disgusted, Daryl marched out of the office, a fire burning in his chest. Control yourself.

Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Killed off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)

I feel like all of these happened just within the first week. 😂 As for typos, not technically a typo, but apparently looking back, I totally forget to finish a scene I was in the middle of writing. Just. In the middle of it. Literally mid-question. I was outta there. 😂

I haven’t derailed too much from my outline, but there have been a few relatively big changes that I think will affect the story going forward. It’s always fun figuring out chunks of your outline have become virtually useless. 😂 And no dead characters! Yet, anyway.

And, funny you should ask, I almost did change to a different project. But not a project I’ve had planned or anything. I had a plot bunny come up mid-FallFicFrenzy that would. not. leave. me. be. I couldn’t get rid of it. It hung out for nearly two weeks before I hastily scrabbled some notes down in hopes that it would stay away while I tried to work on the actual, fleshed-out, ready to write project I’m working on. It’s still lurking around, unfortunately, but it is an idea that I want to explore more eventually…

Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this novel looks like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!

So, I usually write in my bedroom at my desk or on my bed in the afternoon. I’ve had great writing sessions at night, but afternoon is my main time of day. I love the idea of writing with others, I should try it sometime! I usually just write by myself, though. I don’t usually eat or drink when I write, except for maybe water or occasionally tea. I’m currently infatuated with candles, so I have been lighting candles when I write, or just whenever I’m in my room.

Music is a staple when I’m writing, but sometimes if I’m having a hard time focusing, I’ll go without for a bit, and that usually gets me back on track. When I set out to write, I try to ignore all possible distractions. I don’t use my phone, but I do leave my internet on on my computer so I can listen to YouTube music or “quickly” look something up…which, if I’m being honest, I get way more distracted looking up very specific facts I need to know for a throwaway line than browsing social media. I will spend a good twenty minutes trying to find the information when I could’ve been, you know, just moving on with my life and continuing writing? 😂

Well, there you go! I hoped you enjoyed this part two and getting a little peek into my process. Are you currently writing anything? Participating in NaNo? I’d love to hear about your writing journey in the comments below!

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Frost by E.E. Rawls // Book Release!

Hello all! My lovely author friend E.E. Rawls has just released a new book and I couldn’t be more happy for her! From the blurb I’ve read, this is the perfect book to get you into the holiday mood. Plus there’s a wholesome romance! 😍

Book Blurb:

Frost, Winter Guardian and current resident of Boston. For centuries he’s watched over the winter seasons, feeling the steep toll of being in the world yet not being a part of it, of seeing families spend the holidays together, knowing that he can never do the same. He works alone, and time has made his heart grow callous.

Now, he longs to end his work and move on from this world. But for that, he must find a replacement…

In Concord, New Hampshire, seventeen-year-old Norah dreams of becoming an artist and making a better life for her and her little brother, Tim—one that’s free of their mom’s cruel boyfriend. While working to save up money, her life is suddenly turned upside down when she meets a handsome guy with snowflakes in his hair and frost glittering down his coat sleeves. He offers her his job, saying he’ll train her to become the next Winter Guardian.

This could solve her and Tim’s predicament… But there’s something Frost isn’t telling her—that to quit his job, his life must end—and secrets have a way of spilling into disasters, especially when feelings become involved, and weather demons are set loose. Can Norah break through Frost’s weary, stubborn heart? Especially before winter and Earth come to a destructive end?

A Jack Frost retelling and clean, sweet teen romance with a dash of humor!

Purchase Links:

AMAZON | B&N | BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning as she writes stories with immersive world-building and misfit characters you’ll grow to love, who strive to overcome the odds stacked against them (with a dash of humor thrown in)!

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

Rawls has been such a great friend to me and I am so happy for her new book release! I can’t wait to dive into this story and explore the world she’s created! Have you read Frost yet? Do you plan to? How could you not after that blurb, honestly… 😂 Let me know in the comments below!

Know the Novel Pt. 1 // Introducing Mr. Awake

Hey guys! I am SO excited to announce the project I’m going to be working on for Fall Fic Frenzy (an awesome writing challenge being hosted by the lovely Christine Smith)! This story has been in the back of my mind for so long now and I’m hyped to finally get it down on paper.

If you want to join in this challenge, you can follow this link to join the link-up. And if you want to join in Fall Fic Frenzy, instructions to join the Discord server are in the same post.

Alright, let’s go!

What first sparked the idea for this novel?

I don’t really know, honestly. I just really have a soft spot for superhero stories and this just kinda happened. Daryl is a side character from another story idea of mine that I’ve had stuck in my head for so long and he’s kinda developed an entire backstory…there’s a lot of suspense, drama, keeping of secrets, and just general confusion and tension. 😂

Share a blurb (or just an overall summary)!

Daryl is a computer scientist working for one of the most renowned laboratories in the U.S. But when something awful happens and people are not who they seem, Daryl must put on an old face in order to stop a new foe. Going solo for the first time, Daryl navigates the dangerous life of a vigilante while also trying to protect (and connect) with the people he loves.

I mean, it’s kinda vague 😅 And it doesn’t mention all the superheroics and relationship drama and weird human/hybrid experimental villains…but that’s for the reader to find out, right? 😂

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects of the setting?

For the most part (except at the very beginning) it takes place in New York City. It’s such a colorful, dazzling, and also dangerous place and it just seemed to fit. It’s been a lot of fun thinking of scenarios with the myriad of options in New York, from alleyways to skyscrapers to gas stations to subways. It’s a big place and it’s easy to get lost in it, both physically and mentally.

Tell us about your protagonist(s).

As aforementioned, Daryl is a computer scientist and also secretly a superhero by blood. But he stopped fighting crime after the other half of his duo wanted out. So now he works as a researcher at a prestigious lab. But once stuff starts a-happening and Daryl sniffs a lead, he feels he can’t just let the bad guys get away with it. He has a really strong sense of justice and right and wrong and he’s not easily swayed. He’s also just really sarcastic and dry and is so much fun to write 😂

Who (or what) is the antagonist?

credit goes to kinomatika

Man…there are a lot of antagonists 😂 There’s the main ones, Tony and Saundra, the heads of New Wave Labs and also secretly supers. And there are all of their messes 😅 They’ve been experimenting on (often times unwilling) victims and splicing their DNA with animals and forces of nature. Daryl has the fun task of figuring out why the heck they’re doing this.

credit goes to cameronmark

What excites you the most about this novel?

I think I’m most excited because of Daryl. I just love him as a character! He’s trying to do right, but emotions clash and secrets must be kept and it’s S T R E S S F U L.

Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?

It’s a standalone, but it’s set in the world of a trilogy idea I have. It’s kind of a prequel, in a way.

Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plantsing?

I am usually a plotter all the way, but this time I’m only using some rough scene notes I have written on Post-Its. It’s new for me, but it’s also kind of freeing being able to just follow the story where it goes. I just hope I have enough to go on so I don’t flail once I hit the the middle blues 😅

Name a few unique elements in this story.

  • A TV-headed game show host supervillain, among other weird and dangerous human/hybrid creations
  • A charismatic scientist who happens to use his charm to get away with crimes
  • Unique superpower system involving scars and colorful auras
  • Early 2000s nostalgia

Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

The story is set in the same world as another idea of mine, so the aesthetics are similar to that idea.

That’s all I’ve got! I’m super pumped to finally get this idea down and into a rough first draft! Are you participating in Fall Fic Frenzy? Or maybe NaNoWriMo? Let me know down below!

Imprint Release Day // IT’S FINALLY HERE!

I’M FREAKING OUT. AGH. IT’S RELEASE DAY!

I feel like I’ve been working on this book for way too long, and I am SO HAPPY that this project of mine has finally been released to the world!

Can she survive the deadly chase?

Like so many bookworms, Paige Turner loves escaping into the world of stories. However, unlike other bookworms, she can literally escape into the world of stories through the ink on the pages.

When two strange men set out to kidnap Paige and her friend Markus, she is terrified. So used to hiding from her problems in the world of books, Paige doesn’t know what to do when the trouble begins to spill into her real life. And when the danger looms and threatens the safety of her family, she realizes that terrified or not, she must fight back. And to do that, Paige and Markus must use the gifts to discover why these strange men are after two innocent teenagers.

But the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction, and it twists their entire world upside down. Can Paige find the strength to battle her anxiety and use her extraordinary gift…or will she lose everything and everyone she ever cared about?


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I CAN’T BELIEVE MY BOOK IS OUT! Feel free to freak out with me in the comments, and then be sure to order a copy immediately after 😉 Thank you to all you guys, who support and encourage me! Your excitement and enthusiasm is invaluable! 💖

Reader Problems Tag // Revisited!

Hey all! I thought it’d be fun to take a little walk down memory lane, all the way to 2015. It was called the Reader Problems Tag, and it was one of my earliest posts I wrote for Short & Snappy. If you really want to, you can check it out here to see what young teenage Madeline wrote (cringe 😅). As I was looking back on it, I noticed how much my reading habits and preferences have changed in seven years. (Man, seven years…) So I’m going to attempt to answer the questions again! Let’s do it. 😊

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

First of all, my TBR has got to be at least 30,000 books by now, if not more. 😅 The way I usually go about deciding what to read next really varies and depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll pick one up at random, or if there’s a particular genre I’m really craving. Other times I’ll make a list that I hope to get through. It’s hard because the type of book I’m craving can change while I’m in the middle of reading another book, so I’ll end up reading like three books at a time. 🥲

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

This is a hard one! I have gotten way better about setting books aside that just aren’t clicking with me (I used to be so bad about just powering through even when I was miserable 😆). I’ve also gotten better about telling when I’ll really love a book based on genre, story, characters, etc. pretty early on, so if I’m not digging it right away, I’ll probably quit. As a practical step, if I’m not sure I like it, I try to give a book 50-100 pages to decide if I should keep going. But honestly, there are just too many books to muscle through the ones I don’t like!

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I have gotten so bad about just reading on a regular basis, honestly. 😅 I’m lucky if I can get through twenty books in a year. I don’t really use the Goodreads reading challenge anymore, because I feel like it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, but if I am challenging myself, I try to be flexible with my goal. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and if I’m just reading to beat a goal, then that kinda takes the relaxation out of it, in my opinion.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This used to bother me so. much. when I was younger. Nowadays, though it still irks me, it doesn’t exasperate me as much. I think mostly because I can understand why covers change for marketing and reprint reasons. Cover changes mid-series, however…

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I usually just keep it to myself, ha. I’m not about to get into an argument over something that’s a matter of very subjective opinion. It’s not worth it. But if there is someone who agrees with me, then it’s nice to have that camaraderie. 😌

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry when I read books. And especially if I was in public, I likely wouldn’t show very much emotion at all. But I guess if the book was super emotional and I was feeling the urge to cry, I would stop reading and get myself together, maybe take a break from the book altogether.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

Okay, this is such an annoying problem. I already have the memory of a goldfish, so it is next to impossible for me to remember literally anything about the first book. If it’s a book I really love, oftentimes I’ll re-read it. I’m definitely not skipping the sequel, that’s for sure. I should try that synopsis trick…might come in handy!

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I used to be really against sharing books with people. Mostly my siblings, because I knew what they would do to them. 😂 But now that they’re older, I don’t really have a problem sharing books with them. Plus, then I get to talk with them about the book! But if I really, really don’t want to share a book with someone…I think I would still just let them borrow it. It’s just a book…I tell myself as I imagine all the crinkled, folded, pages and cracked spine. 🥲

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This happens to me SO frequently lately. It’s like I have reader ADHD. The second I start a book, I want to read another book. Thus goes the cycle and thus comes the slump. I’m like a little child who gets what they want, but then they see their sibling with something and they change their mind. 😅 It’s always great when a really awesome book pulls me out of a slump though. It’s the best feeling.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Necessity has put a slight halt to book-buying for me, but I still usually buy a book if I’m super excited about it, especially if it’s from a fellow indie author. 🥰 If I could buy all the books I want, I would need to get more shelves…mine are already nearly reaching their limit…

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I am so ashamed to admit this, but there are books on my shelf that I bought when I was 16 that I still have not read. I’m almost 22. 😅 It’s bad, I know. I’m just such a slow reader! I didn’t used to be, but with different priorities now…it’s made reading an occasional thing. Which is honestly really sad. I miss being able to read for hours and hours, just totally forgetting everything else and being immersed in the stories.

all these lovely gifs are thanks to Tatiana on GIPHY

There you go! I hope this was entertaining for you guys! If you want to answer these questions, feel free to snatch this tag and do it for yourself! Thanks for reading! 💖

Imprint Cover Reveal

HI GUYS! WOW I have some exciting news (which you probably already guessed from the title of this post)… IT’S COVER REVEAL TIME!

I have been working on this creation for what feels like forever, but it’s finally finished and I’m so excited to share it with you!

This cover was a real challenge for me. I went back and forth a lot on the concept and design of it for so long. I am a huge perfectionist, and it felt like nothing I did could ever be exactly what I wanted. Even with a degree in graphic design, it felt like I kept hitting a wall so many times, over and over again. I debated hiring someone to design it for me; I got so, so close to having someone else do the cover, but financial issues and creative differences kept pushing back. It was so infuriating, because as a graphic designer, I had a vision in mind, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.

So I finally pulled my family in and asked for their help. After I clumsily explained the general vibe and idea I had in my head, my sister drew up a beautiful concept that I immediately knew would be the one. It was simple, but still conveyed the type of meaning that I wanted. It was perfect.

And now, I’m happy to finally present this cover to you! Drum roll please…

And here we are!

I could not be happier with how this turned out! It works so wonderfully with the story, and I love the the simplicity of it. I’m so grateful for the help of family in a time of frustration and need! ^_^

Blurb:

Like so many bookworms, Paige Turner loves escaping into the world of stories. However, unlike other bookworms, she can literally escape into the world of stories through the ink on the pages.

When two strange men set out to kidnap Paige and her friend Markus, she is terrified. So used to hiding from her problems in the world of books, Paige doesn’t know what to do when the trouble begins to spill into her real life. And when the danger looms and threatens the safety of her family, she realizes that terrified or not, she must fight back. And to do that, Paige and Markus must use the gifts to discover why these strange men are after two innocent teenagers.

But the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction, and it twists their entire world upside down. Can Paige find the strength to battle her anxiety and use her extraordinary gift…or will she lose everything and everyone she ever cared about?

So tell me, what do you think? I’d love to know your opinion on this cover! Let me know in the comments down below! And don’t forget to mark your calendars: Imprint releases August 1st!

Imprint Book Tour Sign-Up! // Come Join the Fun!

GUYS. I have some INCREDIBLY EXCITING NEWS: BOOK TOUR SIGN-UPS ARE HAPPENING NOW.

There are a bunch of different things you can sign up to do (if you’re interested, of course), like a cover reveals, author interviews, release day posts, and ARC reviews!

If you’d like to join the fun and celebrate Imprint releasing soon, feel free to sign up using this link.

I am SO EXCITED to be moving forward with this project and am SO EAGER to get this book out into the world.

I hope you join me in revealing this book to the world! Just follow the link to sign up and support me! 😁 Oh, and May the 4th be with you! 😉

10 WEBTOONS for You to Check Out

Hi guys! This is just a really quick post coming at you (and the last day of the month no less 😅) since I’ve been working behind the scenes on big stuff happening for my book release. Stay tuned for that!

But for now, I’ve really been reading WEBTOONS a lot lately (more than reading actual books, frankly), and there are just so many good ones, I had to share some of them with you guys.

Matchmaker Hero

cute art style | absolutely hilarious | romance | aliens | sarcasm | general mayhem

The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn

weirdly delightful | spooky | ghosts | quintessentially British | complex narrative | gorgeous art

House of Stars

whimsical | magical | beautiful illustrations | adventurous | fairytale-esque | Studio Ghibli-esque

Raining Knives

heart-wrenching | emotional | crime | mysterious | haunting | brother relationship

Third Shift Society

paranormal happenings | detectives | magical | adulthood | weird but fun | urban fantasy

Ctrl+Z

will mess with you | insane | gripping | thought-provoking | clever | almost dystopian

Death of a Pop Star

hilarious | unique | pop star life | but also death | romance | fun art style

Live With Yourself!

bizarre in the best way | mind-bending | goofy | surprisingly complex | playful art style | chaotic

Bluechair

slice-of-life | cartoony art style | relatable | laugh-out-loud funny | weird | comforting

Relatable Doodles

adorable | frogs | life | but seriously frogs | cuteness overload | majorly relatable

This was definitely not my usual type of blog posts, but I’m really busy working on stuff for my book coming out this summer, so I hope you can forgive the chaotic-ness of this post. 😂 Have you read any of these? Do you have any other WEBTOONS or online comics that you would recommend?

Exciting News! // My New Newsletter

Hey guys! What, two posts in one day? What is this madness? Or should I say…March madness? 😉

This is just a short one though, as I’d like to let you all know that…

I have my own newsletter now!

That’s right! I’ve finally taken the plunge and I’ve started up my own newsletter. I plan to send out letters once per season (winter, spring, summer, fall) with occasional special updates in-between. In the newsletter, you can expect to read about my writing and publishing journey, general life happenings, and thoughts and opinions on the stuff I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Plus when you sign up you get access to a special page on my author site where you can find a collection of three short stories I wrote!

That most certainly doesn’t mean I will be leaving the blog! I still plan to post once or twice a month. You can’t get rid of me that easily. 😉

You can sign up for that using this link! I want to thank all of you who have been following this blog for so long. I appreciate all of you and I hope you’ll join me on my writing journey!

The March Muchness Blog Tag! // hosted by Christine Smith + others

Hey guys! I’m back this month with another tag, and I’m very excited to get into it because it was created by the lovely Christine Smith with the help of eleven other fantastic bloggers listed in the featured image above. Go give them all some love, and let’s jump right into March Muchness!

List six impossible things you’d love to do – wild and crazy answers 100% welcome!

  • I would love to visit the lost city of Atlantis. It’d be so cool to see all the fish and maybe a mermaid or two!
  • I’d like to sprout wings for a few days, fly around and explore the forest. Fairies have always enchanted me, so I’d love to be one for a while.
  • I think it’d be neat to be a superhero. I’ve always had a deep desire to help people, and being a superhero would make it so easy to help others with impossible things!
  • I’ve always liked the idea of traveling back in time. I’d love to see what life was like in the 1800s, 1700s, or even 1600s. It would be so fascinating having a broader view of time.
  • I would totally love to have telekinesis. You would not BELIEVE the amount of times I’ve wished I could grab something or turn something off that is out of reach. It would be so helpful.
  • I would love to live in a world with a little dash of magical realism. What would it be like if simple magic was just another fundamental element of our world? It would make life a lot more interesting, that’s for sure…

What is a topic that grew curiouser and curiouser the more you studied/researched it?

I have this really niche interest in defunct, abandoned, and old amusement parks, attractions, animatronics, and rides. I stumbled on a YouTube video one day (by Defunctland, actually), and I was immediately intrigued. Twenty videos later, I was hooked. There’s something, eerily fascinating and weirdly nostalgic about old theme park lore.

If you could invite three fictional characters to a tea party, who would they be?

I would choose three people who I was sure would get along, so there wouldn’t be any weapons drawn or fights broken out. Based on my previous 5-star reads, a tea party with Jonathan Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Jeremiah Goodbye from What Blooms from Dust, and Angel from Dark is the Night would be a real interesting time. 🙂

Which Wonderland character do you feel you’re the most like?

I could see myself as the Dormouse. Always halfway asleep, haha. “You might just as well say that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!”

If you could drink a magic potion that changed one thing about you, what would it be?

I think I would be scared to change anything about myself, honestly. Well, maybe I would settle my mind to keep it from buzzing all the time. Teach it to calm down once in a while! Give myself a quieter brain. Goodness knows that would be nice when I’m trying to fall asleep at night and all I can think of is that random, embarrassing thing I did 10+ years ago…

How IS a raven like a writing desk?

I think the real question is how ISN’T it?

If you were to make an enemy of Father Time, what time in the day would you choose to repeat?

Late morning, like 10:00-11:00 is one of my favorite times of the day, so I wouldn’t be too upset if I had to live forever in that period. It’s just so nice and peaceful, the day has begun, but isn’t quite in full swing. And the sun is out (well…usually) but it’s not the heat of the afternoon yet. It’s a nice time.

If you fell down a rabbit hole, what would the land you pop into look like?

I think it would be an upside down world, since underground is kind of just the reverse of above ground. Trees that grow from the sky, and birds that pitter-patter on the ground. Everything would be topsy-turvy, but it would make sense if you really looked at it. It’d be a weirdly pleasant place.

If you could have the body of one type of creature and the head of another (for example, the Mock Turtle has the body of a turtle and the head of a calf), what would that combination be and why?

Oof. I like being a human, thank you very much. 😂 But I guess if I had to choose, I’d like to be a mermaid or a centaur. It’d be fun to be able to swim well underneath the waves, but it’d also be fun to be able to gallop and run with the wind in your hair. Or, ooh, have you seen those bird women, with the head of a lady and the body of a sparrow? I don’t know…

Have you read or written anything stylistically close to Alice in Wonderland? Tell us about it.

Alice in Wonderland has such a distinctly whimsical and improbable style that I don’t think I could replicate properly if I tried. But I have delved a bit into weird fiction. A while ago, I wrote a short story about a guy working at DQ who encounters three strange, unearthly visitors, who actually turn out to be shapeshifters. It was a fun exercise, and it had that eeriness and otherness that I get from AiW.

If you could either be as tall as a tree or as small as a mouse for an hour, which would you choose and what would you do?

I would definitely rather be small. I could sneak into so many places! And explore things from a new perspective. It would be so fascinating seeing everything from such a tiny point of view. I think it would make me think differently about things, and it would definitely spark some story ideas!

If you could give your younger or future self one piece of Very Good Advice, what would it be?

If I could give my younger self one piece of Very Good Advice, it would be:

Don’t be so afraid.

I was the nervous, anxious tween and teen who had a mini heart attack when I got invited to a sleepover. I had a really hard time making friends because I didn’t trust anyone and I thought everyone didn’t like me and thought I was weird.

Being older now, I see that just isn’t true. I still have trust issues, and I still have anxiety, but I would try to drill into my younger self’s brain: stop being afraid. Of everything. Of people. Of relationships. Of life. It’s not always going to be so hard, and you need to realize that this is such a small, small portion of your existence. It’ll be okay.

Wow, I didn’t expect to get so personal there. Now that you know my deepest, darkest secrets… 😅

Well, that’s the tag! These were such fun questions! I’m glad I got my answers in before March is over. I’d love to know how you would answer these questions! Let me know down below!