I hope everyone enjoyed yesterday’s author interview with JesiKay Scott and her first post over at the Twisted Writers blog.
Keeping with my slow introductions, today I have the pleasure of interviewing CJ Stuart.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think I ever decided I wanted to be a writer. I’ve always just written. There have been times where I have written more than others, but it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed. One of my favorite assignments in elementary school was for us to write our first books. I still have it somewhere, laminated and fully illustrated. It’s simple and a bit silly, but I remember being very proud of my first book and I knew then with full certainty that it would not be my only book.
Who or what inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written, but after college when I drifted into a corporate job and started a family, I had years where I wrote very little. Then at one point, I picked up a very popular book series that many people loved, but most will agree is not well written. I enjoyed the series actually, but I thought, I know I can write better than that. Then I had to ask myself, “Why aren’t you?” It’s thanks to that author that I started writing again.
Which writer do you admire most and why?
It’s hard to narrow that down because there are so many. Nora Roberts is one I admire a lot. She is an author I enjoy reading, but I also admire how prolific she has been in her very successful career. She really gets her work out there. You don’t get a book once every ten years. She’ll give you several sometimes in the same year. You can tell she is a worker. It’s not just a hobby. I admire that dedication and drive.
Do you have any strange/ unique writing habits?
I write on my iPhone. Who does that? This weirdo does. I have an app on my phone that sends me a notification that it’s time to write. I put poetry or little snippets in there all the time as part of a daily writing challenge. I’ve written short stories, scenes from my novel and most all of my blog posts on my iPhone. I know I’m weird, but it’s very convenient.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
I don’t want a tombstone. Graveyards creep me out. Everyone grieves differently, I know, and I understand some people like to visit a loved one’s grave and talk to them or whatever, but that’s not me. So, I think there is a way you can have a tree planted above your ashes or something like that. I think a tree would be nice, then people could go have a picnic under the tree, have a chat with me if they want, read poetry, or drink wine and eat cheese. That would suit me just fine.
What literary character is most like you?
I would like to say Elizabeth Bennett or Hermione Granger, but most days I’m more like the mom in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
If you had any super power, what would it be?
This is a question I’ve pondered on many an occasion since I have three sons and a love for Marvel movies. I would like to be able to teleport, like Night Crawler in the X-Men movies, because sitting in traffic really stinks.
Are you a Plotter or Pantser?
I wish I was a plotter, but I am a pantser. I like to sit down at my computer and let the story emerge.
Where is one place you want to visit that you have not been before?
Since this question is not specific to fictional or non-fictional places to visit, I’m going with fictional because I really want to go to Hogwarts. I may be almost forty years old, but I’m still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts. I am pretty sure it’s gotten lost in the mail, and my owl should be arriving any day now. I want to have meals in the great hall, have a look at the sorting hat, attend a quidditch game and take a trip to Hogsmeade. All of this while Dumbledore is the Headmaster, of course.
Thank you CJ for taking the time to do the interview for me.
You can catch CJ at Twisted Writers every Tuesday.
Come back tomorrow to see who’s next (psst… it may or may not be me…).