Lavern2002 tells us more about herself in this interview
Meet the writer behind the screen!
Lavern2002 was the winner of a Writing Prompt Challenge on Movellas, as she submitted an impressive amount of entries in a short amount of time. As a result, she has won the opportunity to have this interview featured in our blog on Movellas, but really, I think we're the ones who get the better end of this deal - since we get to find out more about the writer behind the screen!
When and how did you start writing on Movellas?
About midway through 2014, my friend, @[Hermione10] discovered Movellas. She loved (and still does) the Lord of the Rings series, so she was reading stories from that fandom. During gym one day, I walked in on her reading some story, and I got interested. Throughout that school year, I read Hunger Games and Harry Potter stories. Then, I stumbled upon one of @[Katy Erin]'s movellas. I thought something along the lines of, 'I could write something like that.'
Well, that didn't work to well.
Over the past almost year and a half, I have worked on making my stories better and better. It's nice to look at how I have improved.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
A nonconformist cat.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
It's hard to pinpoint one place, but I would say other creative works, my random thoughts from random times (including dreams), and my life.
Sometimes, I like to take a favorite story or movie of mine, strip it down to its core theme(s) and message(s), and rebuild it with different characters and different plot twists. For instance, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer deals with PTSD, high school, remembering your past, and love, so for my latest movella, Touched, I used those themes with new characters and a different storyline.
Yes, I have had several random thoughts and turned them into stories. I thought of one of my first movellas in the grocery store.
You should never base anything solely on an experience you had, but they do affect my writing. Sometimes, I will take something that happened to me, magnify it, and make it happen to a different, fictional person. It seems kind of mean as I'm writing it down, but doing this has created some of my best works.
Who is your favorite author (outside of Movellas) and what are you currently reading?
One favorite? I think I can limit it down to two: Michelle Hodkin or John Green. Their books have cost me many nights' sleeps.
I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. I'm not very far in, but I can tell it is going to be a good read. I met Sharon Draper last summer, and got her to sign a copy of Out of My Mind, but I haven't gotten around to reading it until now.
What are you working on at the moment?
NaNoWriMo! I don't have a title yet, but it is going to be my first adventure movella about a boy named Nathan who discovers something... special that sends his whole life in a tailspin. That's all I'm saying for now.
Thanks for your hard work and great writing at Movellas, Lavern2002!