My earliest story was written when I was five years old. I was a quite a mature child where reading and writing was concerned. The book was called Ruby The Red Fairy and it was ten pages. I still have it! [ed: upload it to Movellas please!]
Why do you write?
One of the reasons I write is because throughout my life I have found school difficult; in maths and science in primary school I often felt stupid and I got extra help. Even in secondary school the only way I found myself feeling confident it was in English. Furthermore, I get angry and frustrated really easily and when I'm in the least bit cross or upset I burst into tears. Writing helps me combat this and this is why my characters are so emotional.
I was first told about Movellas by my Dad who has always been so supportive of my writing. He wanted me to share my work, and I found that Movellas was a supportive and anonymous way to show Finding Theo, and my other stories.
Where would you like your writing to take you? What are your plans for the future?
I would of course like to become a writer, however I would like to accomplish this when I'm young. This is because I would like to leave this behind me professionally when I'm older and go on to become a teacher or a art/literary counsellor. I don't want to be one of those people who think they can do a million different jobs and give each one 100%. I want to do one thing and make sure I'm giving it everything.
What do you find hardest about writing? How do you overcome these difficulties?
I think the most difficult thing is, especially at my age, what you can or can't write about. For example, when I was writing Finding Theo I wanted Bella to get raped on the streets and give birth to a beautiful baby girl, who the book would be dedicated to. However I soon realised that I had absolutely no clue what I was writing about. So it's quite clear how I overcome this. I just decide to write about things I do know about!
Your writing is very mature and deals with big issues. What drives you to write about this?
I had no idea my writing was mature. My critics think I write like 'a silly teenager'. Most of the issues I write about I have experienced, and I am a very emotional person so I find it easy to transfer my feelings into my characters. My leading female characters- like Bella and Natalie, I see as myself and therefore I can make things that have happened to me happen to them.