1. How did you find Movellas?
Actually, I was searching for some sort of Harry Potter app, and found the Movellas app that was specifically for Harry Potter fan fiction. After enjoying that for a while, I decided to check out the website, and here I am, in the flesh! ;)
2. How did you come up with your username? Is there any significance to it?
Well, at the moment I just took my name, Tori (which is actually short for my middle name, Victori, not my first name, which I'm not going to tell you) and added the first letters of the family groups I am currently a member of.
Previously, for a long time, I went by SeaweedBrain, which is a spin-off of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan, which I really recommend you read if you haven't already.
3. What are some of the reasons that you started to write?
Well, ever since I was a small child I was an avid reader, and I would write and draw my own children's books (although I had a tendency to change the character names and the plots multiple times throughout each story).
Many teachers told me I had quite a knack for storytelling. Even when we were supposed to write a journal for class, I would usually end up telling it from the point of view of some other made up character, or dreaming up events for me to have supposedly been through.
4. Where do you come up with inspiration?
Well, I can't say I really have a specific setting where most of my ideas come to me, but I actually do get a lot of inspiration from dreams. That may sound crazy or cheesy, but I have been known to have had some pretty wacky or otherwise outlandish dreams. Just ask me sometime, I may have had a pretty interesting one recently. ;)
5. What is your favorite genre(s) to read and to write?
I for one have always enjoyed fantasy or science fiction genres. When there's a bit of magic involved, that just pulls me right in for the ride. I think I enjoy writing it because I have always been fascinated with make believe creatures, and I really love just adding my own little twist.
6. What are some of your favorite books and why?
Oh, this is really difficult for me, because there's actually very few books that I have actually disliked (although you would be surprised if I told you which). But I'll list a few lesser known ones.
The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It was absolutely fantastic twist on time travel. Although it isn't well known, it's definitely in my top three favorite book series.
The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner (I believe). A really unique idea that I really enjoyed reading (except for the ending, but no spoilers for you!). For sure in the top five.
I'd better stop there before I find myself never stopping. :P
7. Tell us about some of your other favorite things (songs, animal, food, etc).
Sheesh, I like stuff too much to choose favorites! But I'll give it a try.
My favorite song is by far Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. I mean, is there anybody who doesn't air guitar the guitar solo? No. There isn't. It is humanly impossible to not air guitar the guitar solo.
My favorite animal is probably the white tiger. NERD ALERT... Fun Fact: only Bengal tigers can be white, so technically it's the "white Bengal tiger". Tigers are just so beautiful, lean and agile, how can you not just be in awe of them?
I'm sorry, but I don't have a favorite food. I just love food too much in general to pick a favorite. I deeply apologize, and I hope you will forgive me.
8. What is your favorite Movella you have written? Why is it your favorite? And where did the idea come from?
Man, I don't think I really have a favorite Movella. I'm not really proud of any of my Movellas. I am proud of a story I'm actually writing off-line, hoping to publish it someday. It's a fantasy trilogy. The idea didn't really come from anywhere except my socially awkward brain.
But if I was to choose a Movella, I would go with a collection of fairy tale spin-offs that I removed and currently am keeping in drafts for numerous reasons. I liked it because I actually had to create a lot of thought process before hand, and it just flowed smoothly.
9. What is some advice you would give to others about writing?
Well, I would just remind them that Movellas is really just a group for amateurs. Teenagers who enjoy writing who want to share their stories. But nobody is expecting everything you write to be perfect. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't try, but do your best. Write with standards that you set yourself, not that others set for you. If you are beginning to feel pressured to write a certain way because that is how others around you all write, than you might as well not write at all. Write with your own unique style. Write as you. Everybody likes you best anyway. ;)