Movellas author of the month is...
Popular stories, frequent updates, stunning covers, and top-notch writing skills - Movellas' first ever Author of the Month encapsulates all this and more. Below you will read a featured interview with them to learn more about the writer behind some of the best stories on Movellas. We could not be more excited to share that the Author of the Month for November 2015 is...
I started writing on Movellas in the summer of 2014 when my friend @[Rose ] suggested it to me – something I will be eternally grateful for as I only need to look back on the first Movella I published to see just how far my writing has developed thanks to this website! I was already involved in the website and magazine Teen Ink (so I was fairly familiar with the idea of submitting my work and making it available on the internet) and started publishing movellas straight away. I only had about two followers back then (hey, remember when they used to be called fans...?) and most of what I wrote wasn’t worth reading but I found everyone so much more welcoming supportive than in my previous experience with writing websites.
Too many words.
Oh wow, that’s a good question! All over the place really; I’m quite quiet so seem to spend a lot of my time listening and observing what other people are like which is where I often pick up ideas for certain characters or bits of dialogue in my stories. I suppose you could say that a lot of my writing comes from personal experience and I’d be lying if I failed to acknowledge that my family’s experience of eating disorders and mental health issues in general have had a very profound effect on the content of my stories.
Sometimes I hear things on the news and start to assign people to these often faceless tragedies that are reported. A couple of my older movellas (‘For Aalam’ and ‘Iris’) were very much created in this way: ‘For Aalam’ was my response to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. For ‘Iris’ I happened to be watching the news and they were commenting on a child-abuse/murder case that had happened a year or so before. I’d heard of the event at the time and then promptly forgotten about it along with the rest of the public. Although I’d found out some of the information when it had happened, I was surprised by one of the details the reporters gave. They commented briefly that “the siblings had been taken into care” and I had not been aware that there were any siblings involved which made me begin to wonder how horrific it would be to have watched and experience that level of abuse, the loss of a sibling, the arrest of a parent, and then the media coverage that followed.
I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and places as well – if you’ve read my stories you’ll know I’m prone to going a bit over-board on description and all of that comes from the natural world around me (often the early morning when I’m out alone on my paper round!) and, in particular, the sky. My entire novel ‘Triangular Lives’ was inspired by a week I spent in Kent last summer and when I set out to write it I just had loads and loads of photos of the place to get my ideas flowing. Similarly I’ve been inspired to write a new story by visiting the remains of a town that has now been claimed by the tide.
Finally, I get inspiration from things other people have created, both music and literature. I rarely write without having something playing in the background and I think I owe a lot of my writing style to Markus Zusak. At the same time I like experimenting – seeing what I can do with words and language that maybe hasn’t been done before.
Oh no! Another impossible question! As mentioned above, I’m a MASSIVE fan of Markus Zusak and could probably read The Book Thief on repeat for the rest of my life… Recently I’ve been getting into David Mitchell’s writing. I read Cloud Atlas earlier in the year and couldn’t decide whether he was (to use his own words) “revolutionary or gimmicky”. I’ve now re-read Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks and have decided that he’s the former – a very clever writer indeed! Right now I’m reading Bram Stocker’s Dracula (haha, couldn’t really be further from my usual genre) which I’m really enjoying, so thank you very much Movellas for sending me that in the post!
I SHOULD be working on my NaNoWriMo novel – I had a realisation today that November is only four days away – which I’m looking forward to sharing with all of you over the next month. It’s something I’ve had in storage since I first attempted to write it, age eleven, I like to think I’ll make a better job of it now!
However, being reckless and foolhardy, I’ve given NaNo WAY too little attention and am working instead on my Movella ‘Ruined Things’.
Not really sure which my best movella is – most have got good elements and bad elements and some are just completely rubbish – but ‘Glass Girl’ has been fun to write and surprisingly successful so far: