Like Edward Cullen, I can read minds. I know what you’re thinking. Another writer’s blog? Well, the answer to your rhetorical question is yes.
So I’ll tell you a little about myself. I’m 27 years old, though I don’t look a day over 16. I still get carded at the movies. Whenever I start a new job, they usually mistake me for an intern. I look young, and I feel young too. And that’s why I write YA. I am more in-tune with teens than I am with people my own age.
I read a lot too. I average about 75 books a year, on part with Stephen King! Except I read mostly YA. I plan to roll out some reviews as this blog continues.
I’m also a little obsessed with TV. I’ve learned how to multi-task. Often, I am watching a tv show, reading a book, writing my manuscript, and surfing the internet all at the same time. Maybe I should get checked for ADHD? It’s also possible that I unofficially hold the world record for speed typing. I’m not 100% accurate, but I do know when I’ve made a mistake. And besides, isn’t that what spell check and proofreading are for?
The last thing you should know is I make my living as a freelance computer animator. If you’ve ever watched football on Sundays on CBS, you’ve seen my graphics. I designed/animated the sports package encompassing all CBS sports. Also, if you rent THE BARBIE DIARIES on DVD, you’ll see my handiwork. I did the opening titles, part of the music video at the beginning, and then I composited the entire dance sequence at the end. Compositing is taking live action or CG animation and marrying it to the background, adjusting the lighting, adding effects. I’m not a CG animator, but often the CG characters will come to me in pieces: their hair a separate layer from their bodies, their clothes another layer all together. It’s my job to piece it together.
I’ve always been an artist and a writer when I was younger, so the day job lets me outlet my creativity through art while writing lets me outlet it in a different way.
A little bit about my writing journey, but I’ll cover this in more entirety later:
1. When I was 17, I wrote my first novel. Unfortunately for my mom, I made her read it. She’ll never get those hours of her life back. The novel was basically 75k of existential dribble (I’d just studied Camus’ THE STRANGER, after all) without a plot and without character names. I’m really not sure what I was thinking. And I thought revising meant finding SAT synonyms to replace the more common verbs. The one thing it taught me thought was: I could write something novel length.
2. I wrote another book in college that started out biographical and slowly morphed into fiction. Only one scene made it into the final draft from the original. My characters all changed. I queried this book and had a lot of requests, probably near 80% and close to 20 agents who had read the full. Everyone loved the story and the writing, but they all passed for nearly the same reason: College-set fiction is hard to market, and mine was too edgy for YA and too juvenille for adult. Finally, I decided to
3. Then I wrote THE ART OF SELLING MY SISTER about a girl who ruins her sister’s life by destroying her chance at a college scholarship, and must fix things before their parents find out. My query had a 100% request rate. I landed an AWESOME agent who I adore, and now after an extensive revision, that book is out on submission.
4. I wrote another novel called RHYTHM AND CLUES about a free spirt girl who convinces her sheltered boyfriend to rebel against his overprotective parents, but he takes her advice too far and runs away from home, leaving her clues to his whereabouts that only she can decipher. This novel is currently with my agent, waiting to see what happens with Sell Sister.
5. I’m about 2/3 done with a top secret new YA wip that my agent and I are both extremely excited about. I’ll reveal more about this when I can.
So that’s it about me for now, thanks for stopping by. I’m leaving for Scotland in about an hour and I plan to chronicle the trip on this blog.