5. Interview: Christine Prodigy
Name: Christine Username: Prodigy Location: United States
At what age did you start writing?
What inspires you to start writing?
Actually (a little embarrassing to admit, but) fan fictions. I had just finished the Harry Potter series the year before and was going through a bit of withdrawal, I guess you could say, so I started reading fanfics. Then I thought, hey, that doesn't seem so hard. So I started one of my own and got addicted to writing.
Which of your works are you the most proud of?
Waiting For Our Time, I think. At least as far as full-length developed stories go. The one closest to my heart would have to be the poem Everlasting Autumn.
Which of your characters is your favourite, and why?
Cyprian from Waiting For Our Time. I didn't intend for him to be quite like he is, but I think he turned out perfect. He's rugged, funny and a survivalist. Also, he had a hard childhood, which makes me feel bad for him and like him more.
Where do you like to write?
In my room, generally. Sometimes in my basement where my record player is. But I got myself a really comfy leather chair in my room, so I spend a lot of time at my desk, writing and listening to records on my portable turntable.
When do you like to write?
Evenings, late at night. It's always when I know that I should be quitting and going to sleep that I have the best ideas. Or sometimes when I'm half asleep. Those stories turn out really weird, let me tell you. Raven711 can attest to that.
How do you beat writer’s block?
I put on some really upbeat music- generally some of my favorites. Usually Aerosmith does the trick. Queen's good too. After the music inspires me (as well as copious amounts of coffee), the writing comes easier.
Do you consider writing to be a serious career choice?
I do. I might even go into it. I had been dead set on science because that's my strongest subject, but now, nearing college age, I'm realizing that's not where my passion is. Writing alone is a difficult path, though, or at least so I hear from a family friend who's a publisher/editor. I'm aiming to combine science knowledge with writing and become something like a scientific editor.
What advice would you give to a first-time writer?
Let it all out. Whatever your ideas, no matter how crappy, just let them go. Scrap them later, if you want, but there's nothing better than experience. Also, I find it helps me to go somewhere scenic and just imagine. If I'm not sure how I want to write the next chapter, I go outside maybe and just look at the trees and imagine my story as a movie playing inside my head. With that picture in my mind, all I have to do is put it into words. It's like describing a room. You just write whatever you see.
Who is your favourite author, and why?
That is a terrible question for the sole reason that there are so many worthy of that favorite spot ;) I think I'd have to go with Jonathan Stroud. He was one of my favorite authors of my childhood because his ideas were complex enough that it wasn't like reading a book aimed at children, but it was easy to understand. Also, the guy is hilarious. J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan are naturally up there, too.
What books would recommend above all others?
A Separate Peace by John Knowles. My favorite stand alone (not in a series) book.
The classic Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Eragon by Christopher Paloni
The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts (for older readers)
Magyk (Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage
Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
North of Beautiful… I don't remember the author.