Name: Chloe Smith
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
At what age did you start writing?
I started writing stories when I was twelve, embarrassingly after I finished reading the Twilight Saga. After that, I just couldn't stop. I started writing poetry when I was 15.
What inspires you to start writing?
I suppose that you could say that I have Stephenie Meyer to thank for my inspiration to start writing overall, but when I'm looking for inspiration I go out into the real world and experience things, and then I mould my worlds around the one I live in. It's a rather surreal experience.
Which of your works are you the most proud of?
I'm proud of all of my work, because it's mine and I created it. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be either 'Drowning' (a spoken word piece), or 'The Adult Generation'. Both of them seem to put across my point really well, and both have been very well received by the Movellas community.
Which of your characters is your favourite, and why?
Well, my favourite character is part of a work in progress, so I won't mention him/her. But my second favourite is Tania Brown from my previous novel-in-progress 'Lovisa Jiae; Vampire Hunter'. I guess she was the character that represented myself throughout the story, and that made it even harder to do the things I did to her.
Where do you like to write?
I write wherever I can, really. Because I spend a lot of time in school, I end up writing the most in the library during study periods and free lessons. I also enjoy writing at home in my bedroom, because sitting in a space that I've made as my own seems to inspire me more than anything else.
When do you like to write?
I enjoy writing at night when everyone else is asleep, and when I'm almost half asleep. I find that a lot of my good ideas turn up just as my brain is switching off, so I end up writing incoherent sentences down and decide to edit them when I wake up in the morning.
How do you beat writer’s block?
The key to beating a problem is first admitting that you have one. Although it's humiliating for any writer to admit that their own brilliant mind has hit a wall, it's essential to admit it. I would scream it out to the world that I'm blocked, then go outside and repeat the inspiration process. I carry on as normal, even if the writing is wooden and emotionless, because writing is like a marathon and it's all about the mentality of the runner.
Do you consider writing to be a serious career choice?
Of course. I've been bought up to do what I love, therefore since writing is what I love it will be what I do as a career. I'm currently looking at Creative Writing degrees at universities, so I can go onwards and upwards with my dream.
What advice would you give to a first-time writer?
Don't give up. Putting those ideas down on paper is difficult at first, but when you look back on the world that you've created as your own, it'll be worth it.
Who is your favourite author, and why?
I adore Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus). She created such an amazing fantasy universe with an in-depth plot and flawless description that I can only ever hope to achieve.
What books would recommend above all others? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. They're two different books with unique writing styles and plot lines so well thought out that you'll be immersed in universes so different from our own, and you'll never want to go back!