Author Interview: Vanessa Booke
Here’s another author interview for you guys. I hope you do learn a lot from their answers cos I sure have learned a lot and had been motivated to write more. “Vanessa lives with her husband Ryan and their two dachshunds Zero and Zoey just outside of Los Angeles, California. She is a lover of poetry and all things Jane Austen. Vanessa has been writing since Jr. High, it started with poetry and eventually she began writing Fiction. Her favorite genre to write about would have to be young adult romance. Vanessa has worked as a freelance journalist and has a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Cal State University San Bernardino. In her free time, she spends her time blogging about books, thrift shopping and taking grand adventures with her partner in crime. You can contact her @VanessaBooke(at)gmail.com” – A little introduction, copied from Goodreads.
Well, all these humble answers and some funny words, just makes a perfect interview. I used the same questions that I used to interview all the other authors, to keep consistency and well, you know it really is hard to think of questions, yes? Now I won’t keep you for long, go and read it now.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: It was in junior high I started writing poetry for this boy in class that I liked and the next thing I knew people started asking me to write poems for their crushes. I was pretty popular during Valentine’s Day.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: My current WIP so far has taken me two months and it will probably take me another two months to finish writing it.
Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: Hectic. I pretty much only get 2-3 hours a day to write, sometimes less.
Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: In order to write I need the windows open, low lighting, Pandora radio playing and chocolate or pistachios when I’m trying to be healthy.
Q: How do books get published?
A: You can either go for the traditional route where you try and get an agent who will help sell your book. Or you can self-publish where you get to handle everything, including the marketing and promoting of your book. There’s a lot more to it, but I always recommend fellow authors to do their research. One that works for you may not work for another author.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: Most of my ideas just come to me while I’m driving and others are inspirations from people I know, memories and places I’ve been to or want to go.
Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I wrote my first book when I was 11. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone inspired the story and it was about a girl named Isabelle who went to a school for witches and vampires. I didn’t get very far in the story, but it was my first attempt at writing a novel.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: I like to read and when I’m not reading I’m usually watching TV or playing Left 4 Dead on the Xbox.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: My family has always been supportive of me writing. They’ve never really questioned why I wanted to write, but my mom is always reminding me to writer her a romance novel. Haha
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: It’s a lot of work. You really have to love writing because if you don’t, you’ll give up when things get tedious like editing and marketing.
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A: The book I am currently working on Exiled will be my first. I’ve started others, but this is my main one and my favorite. I love books set in apocalyptic worlds and Exiled is set during the zombie apocalypse.
Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Read and write as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to have other stories influence and inspire you. When you’ve found your own voice, things like that don’t hang over your head so much.
Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: Right now, most of my readers are family and friends, but they are always supportive. I appreciate their honesty and it always makes my day when someone loves my stories.
Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I do! I don’t limit myself to just YA, but it is what I like writing.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Great characters are essential. You can have an awesome idea for a story, but if you have crappy characters the story will fall flat. Make your characters 3-D, give them flaws and make them real.
Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a fashion designer.
Q: While working fulltime, how do you find time to do all the research for your books?
A: I have to set time aside and unfortunately sometimes it does cut into my sleep time.
Q: For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do’s and don’ts for getting their material published?
A: Do make friends with other authors. Do your research especially if you’re going to self-publish and do make sure to edit and re-edit everything. Don’t ever sign anything without getting it looked at by a professional, don’t ever publish anything without having another pair of eyes read it and don’t ever give up. No matter what! I’ve seen to many authors give up and it’s just sad.
Q: How old were you when you decided to become a writer? If it was later in life what gave you the final push?
A: I decided to become a published writer in my third year of college. I realized that writing was something that made me happy and the only job I didn’t mind putting long hours into.
Q: What do you consider invaluable resources for an aspiring writer?
A: Dictionary/thesaurus, Google and beta readers.
Thank you for having me Marian. Please feel free to stop by my site and friend or follow me and make sure you check out my YA short story Woodlands. It’s my re-telling of the Grimms’ beloved story Hansel and Gretel.
I hope you enjoyed reading the interview. I couldn’t wait to post more. I will post as many interviews in a month as possible. I hope a lot more authors are willing to be interviewed. Thanks for reading!!