Congratulations. Your short story was a finalist in this year’s Write Off Line - Timegate to Tomorrow (an anthology of NZ secondary school writing). Tell us about your story. What inspired it?
Well, I used my own life to inspire me to write this story. While mapping out what would happen in my story, I would think back to my own school and life as a student. I thought it would be fun to exaggerate the troubles and feelings we all have as students, and apply them to a futuristic setting.
You’re a student in your spare time. So tell us really, how important are writing competitions?
I think they're very important, at school sometimes we don't get enough opportunities to express our talent. Writing competitions are a fun way to challenge students who love writing, and it makes them strive to do their best.
What is your opinion on receiving feedback?
I think that receiving feedback is really useful and helpful for an aspiring author; it lets them know what they can do to improve their writing, and what they're doing right in their piece. I personally love receiving feedback, whether its criticism or encouragement.
Name the writer (dead or alive) who you would most like to have dinner with and tell us what you would like to ask them?
I would most like to have dinner with Veronica Roth (Author of the Divergent series) and I would ask her: "Where did you find the motivation to write three books of one series that is constantly interesting for the reader?" Because I've attempted to write ONE book before, and I never find the motivation to continue on with its chapters- the story either gets to boring, or I can't be bothered continuing.
Tell us about your work in progress.
I'm waiting for the next opportunity to open up so I can write a short story again, but every now and then I jot down a new metaphor or idea.
YA fiction, of all the genres, is addressing the real issues. Discuss your favourite genre.
My favourite genre would probably be fantasy or adventure. I love being pulled into a different reality where anything is possible and where there is always a surprise around the corner. I can forget about what's going on in my world, and follow the character as they go through a journey with its own challenges.
Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?
I love writing in my spare time, and I love reading just as much. I would still love to enter writing competitions in the future, I'll keep reading, and maybe one day I'll complete a book of my own.
Anything else you would like to say about being a writer?
Creating your own world is the best!
Thank you so much for your answers.