Welcome to the first in a new series of posts: Meet the Creator. Here I’ll be chatting with writers about their work, both published and unpublished creators alike. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do.
For the first interview, I’ll be chatting with a fellow writer and close friend of mine, Kate.
Where are you from or where do you live?
I live in Southern California, in a small (ish) town that’s pretty boring, and that no one has ever heard of.
What are some of your non-writing related hobbies?
I love listening to music, reading, and activities with my service organization.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Usually my dreams, a song, or just something I see that inspires me.
On average, how long does it take you to get started writing a piece? Do you outline or just go for it?
It usually takes me a few months to write a draft, but it honestly depends on how much I’m passionate about a project, other life things and if I get stuck. I don’t outline, but I do write scenes in my head a lot and occasionally write ideas down on my phone.
What’s one thing that you love about the writing process?
I love building characters that are so outside of myself and my own perspective. I love developing their personalities, their interests, and their aspirations. I often feel like I have a strong connection with them, and I love that.
Do you have anything published?
No, I don’t, but my writing Instagram is @shattered_realities28. I post poetry, small pieces of books, and stuff related to my books, like playlists and casting.
What are you working on now?
I am currently finishing my first novel, Still Standing, which I’ve been writing for five years. It’s about a boy named Tyler who faces a ton of obstacles, like his drug addiction and problems with alcohol, but learns that the only way to work through those things is to build connections with other people.
Do your preferred reading and writing genres differ? If so, how?
They really don’t. I read a lot of angsty LGBTQ YA and write a lot of LGBTQ angsty YA.
Off the top of your head, what is your favorite book?
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz . Stunning writing, character development and realism.
Do you have a writer, living or dead, whose work is greatly influential to yours?
I would have to say Ellen Hopkins. She writes some really deep, dark stuff, but does it with realism and authenticity. I really admire that.
Where and when do you usually get your writing done?
I usually write between homework assignments on my bed, but I’m considering beginning to go to the library for a change in scenery.
What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?
My favorite part about writing is when I get lost in a piece, and I forget where I am. I don’t even focus on the song I’m listening to. It is such a lovely, indescribable feeling. I really hate writer’s block, especially when I start a piece and am really excited about it, but really don’t have any ideas for it.
What’s some writing advice you wish someone had given you?
I wish someone had told me that my writing would improve over time. I would get so discouraged because it seemed like everyone’s writing was better than mine, but I learned that everyone has their own pace, their own process, and that improvement isn’t something that happens over night.
When not writing YA fiction and poetry, Kate Tomas can be found fulfilling her responsibilities as a state officer for her service organization, stressing over college, and jamming out to her newest musical obsession. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.