A Fun Interview w/ Jelena Bosh

Hello, everyone! I recently connected with a lovely aspiring author named Jelena Bosh on Goodreads, and we had an impromptu interview about some of my writing experiences. I have reprinted it here, and I hope you enjoy it!

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Q. How did you know you wanted to become a writer?

A. I think I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but I took a break during my high school and college years because it didn't seem "normal." I started writing with the goal of publication during the summer of 2009, and I have been plugging away at it ever since.

Q. What made you want to write the type of novels that you write?

A. I was drawn to young adult novels because I really enjoy coming-of-age character arcs. I also remember what a big deal everything was when we were teenagers. I wanted to recapture that feeling in my books.

Q. Did you find it hard to came up with the overall story/plot and each of the characters [in ESSENCE]?

A. ESSENCE is actually the second book I have ever written. My first book was very by-the-book, with fully developed plans I designed after reading nearly every how-to book on the market. This second one is a little different, as I came up with a skeleton outline and then let the story kind of tell itself. Definitely an uncomfortable feeling (that made me doubt my sanity more than once!), but I think the result is a much more organic finished product. I also think I write my best when I'm not overthinking it.

Q. What type of books have you read & currently reading, that have helped you with your own writing? (For example, I find that reading books based on dystopian worlds and series in general to be overwhelming with what I would like to write since there are so many original developments and ideas that I wouldn't know how I can come up with...whereas with contemporary novels I find it 'quicker' or 'better' to relate to in terms of story line and characters BUT I still find it hard to know if I would be able to write such great chemistry between the characters and everything else that goes into a great story.)

A. I definitely try to read as much as I can, as this is a wonderful way to become inspired and refreshed. However, I agree that reading can sometimes be overwhelming, as there are already so many great ideas and authors out there. I have found it helpful to read different genres from time to time. That way, I'm not limiting myself to the young adult market, and I'm not accidentally stealing ideas from my peers. (While I'm writing, I specifically avoid books that have premises that sound similar to mine.)

Thanks again, Jelena, for taking the time to contact me, and best of luck to you as you pursue your writing dream!