Questions & Answers
- 1. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
- When I won a national writing contest being a child. Someone encouraged me when I was a little girl to read every day. With doing so, I would develop intellectual skills and a love for books. Now I am sure that the best way to feel successful is through reading, studying, perseverance, sacrificing, and being yourself no matter what.
2. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
According J.K. Rowling’s website, my “patronus” is a weasel, which is kind of funny, because one of my characters in my Harry Potter™ Fanfiction is a Malfoy. Draco also calls Ronald Weasley “Weasel”. But, putting Harry Potter aside, I would choose an owl. They’re intelligent, independent, and are the symbol of knowledge.
3. How do you select the names of your characters?
Sometimes I choose names of different countries (mostly not not common or that are extravagant).
4. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I’m writing under one right now.
5. What do you recommend to everybody to handle stress?
Re-reading a good book, search through your movie cases, or sing Karaoke.
6. Who are your favorite authors?
Nicola Yoon, Angie Thomas, Ransom Riggs, Catherynne M. Valente, R. J. Palacio, Meg Cabot, Allan Woodrow, Jacqueline Wilson, Megan McCafferty, Katrina Kahler, Holly Webb, Rachel Renée Russel, Susie Day, and of course, J.K. Rowling!
7. What place do you recommend to write?
In a clean and organized desk that has great lightning, and with a quiet and an inspiring view. Always try to write early in the morning, and you should ALWAYS have a snack near.
8. What is the most important aspect of building a great character?
Describing the character physically and intellectually correctly, I say. Because, how will other people picture the character like you do?
9. What motivates you the most?
To be supported by family, teachers and friends. And if you need to re-order your path, I recommend see these two true inspirational movies that DEFINITELY will inspire you to not give up and follow your dreams: Secretariat, and The Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.
10. Piece of advice for screenwriters just starting out.
I’m also starting, but I do have this tip: Don’t let anyone let you down. If your script sounds totally crazy to others, DO IT. Maybe you have something that no one wants to write. Your script or novel might become a piece of art in the future, or a classic.
11. What music do you recommend?
Any kind of music that makes you want to sing or dance.
12. What is the most enjoyable thing about screenwriting?
Creating a phenomenal story, perhaps unreal, where you feel it is worth looking through the screen, because it makes you perceive that you can be part of it.
13. What do you think makes a good friend?
A good friend is the one that is kind, understanding, funny, and is with you in the good and bad times even if you are far away in a deserted island away from humanity.
14. What is the most difficult thing about screenwriting?
Writing the first draft. Because at first, you finish writing, and everything is just happy-and-jolly—but oh no, there it goes. Edits, edits, edits!
15. What do you see yourself doing in 5 or 10 years?
I dream with staying next to all the people I love, being a happy author and a scriptwriter that always puts a big smile in my crowd's face.