1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed reading and writing as a hobby, but first realized I wanted to actually write a book when I started taking classes with Dr. Clare Camacho. She would share her books with us, and tell us about the grants it took to publish them. She became one of my biggest inspirations and when this opportunity arose to write my own book, I knew the perfect story to share.
2. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
The first book I remember writing was an autobiography as a project when I was in third grade. I was about 8 years old.
3. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story needs to be captivating, whether it be through rhyming or finding something that links the reader to the story. I also love an unexpected twist.
4. What is your writing process like?
When I write, I try to think of my setting and go from there. I knew I wanted to write a story about my grandparents’ ranch and brainstormed possible characters next. I then go on to build a plot and find a way to make my idea come to life.
5. What advice do you have for future writers?
Don’t give up. Your story needs to be shared, you just need to find the right audience. Some people might not like your story, but someone like Dr. Clare might come along and think it’s the best story they have ever read.