Okay, so this is the first time I’ve ever done an author interview. And I might have set the bar incredibly high with my first interviewee. S.K. Sophia is a Beta reader for me, therefore she’s beyond brilliant. She’s also a scarily talented writer who has me quite literally gripped to the edge of my seat and screaming like a little fangirl every time she uploads a chapter of her book, Finding Elyssia. Of which you can read here: Finding Elyssia. Anyhow, we may as well get started!
What are you currently working on?
Finding Elyssia. It’s about a narcissistic and unstable girl who just gets out of prison. She wants to get her life together, but is befriended by ex-convict, Noah. He went to prison for murder. Long story short – She wants to get better. He doesn’t. Chaos ensues.
Name 3 weapons you would use against invading aliens and why?
I would have sais attached to my wrist, a katana riding my back and a Mossberg 500 shotgun in my hands. The sais are for close encounters and throwing. The katana is for quiet, close combat. The shotgun is for messy and noisy fun.
If you could go back in time with a copy of one book and claim to be the author, whose book would you steal and why?
I’d feel too guilty to do something like that, but if I did, I would claim Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. That book made me laugh and fall in love with the 20s party scene.
What was the first ever book/album/film you can remember buying?
I bought a monster joke book at my school’s book fair. God knows why. The jokes were terrible.
There’s a zombie apocalypse coming. You’re only allowed to hide in a famous building/landscape. Where would you hide and why?
I’d lurk on the top of Eiffel Tower. Let’s see those fuckers climb that thing. Wait… these are dopey Walking Dead style zombies, right? No? Shit. There’s nowhere suitable to hide. I’ll stay outside and fight, eventually dying a hero.
Would you rather be a unicorn or a vampire?
Vampire. I mean, c’mon! Unicorn? What would I even do? Vampires are the coolest. I can wear a long black leather coat and drink blood cocktails. Come at me, bro.
What is the meanest thing you’ve ever subjected a character to?
I can’t tell you because it’s the biggest spoiler for Finding Elyssia, but let me tell you, it is evil at its most raw. I felt sick writing it (and I’m not easily sickened by something).
If you could be a character in a book, and live in their world, who would you be and why?
Can I choose a comic book character? I was going to say Kitty in Astonishing X-Men, but I recently started Young Avengers and I love Kate Bishop (Hawkeye). So, I choose her. No, wait – Faith in Angel & Faith. I forgot about her for a second. It’s always Faith. She’s my fictional soul mate. We would totally be best friends and cause havoc together (but she would apologize afterwards because of the whole redemption thing. Ugh, such a drag).
Someone has told you that you are taking part in NaNoWriMo or else you will be subjected to the music you hate most for the rest of your life. What would you write about and if you failed, what music would be playing?
I’d probably write something that starts off really light and funny but slowly turns into a dark story about torture and death. Off the top of my head, I’d say people get trapped in a haunted house at an amusement park, with a sadistic killer. If I fail, pop music would be playing.
If you ever got really rich and famous, what would you do with your first million (assuming you earned that much) and who would you want to play you in a biographical film?
I would still do what I do when I’m broke – use the money to change lives. But that’s not all I would do. I’d travel to comic cons all over the world, buy a cozy little house with a fireplace, get a bunch of dogs, and buy awesome clothes that make me look like an assassin. Also, I have a huge passion for weapons (mainly the mechanics) so I’d start collecting and building my own weapons.
Drew Barrymore would play me in a film about me. I’m not a hardcore fan, but she’d be perfect.
What would you call an autobiography if you wrote one?
Um… Curly fries taste better than straight fries even though they’re basically the same. This is a difficult question. I’m terrible with names. I’ll probably call my children things like potato or gizmo.
When did you decide to become a writer and why?
I always knew this was what I wanted. I love stories. I used to read so much that my mum had to come into my room and tell me to stop. My parents never really bought me books, so I read anything I could get my hands on and reread unreturned library books (I know, I know, sorry). I used to write short stories and take them into school to show teachers. They would pass them on to the principal, gush about me to students, enter me into competitions, but I lost motivation for it until I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and reading Sophie Kinsella books. I don’t just want my writing to change people. I want it to educate them. I want to help readers accept themselves no matter how dark or scary their minds are, because the moment you feel inferior and excluded, you use your darkness to do even darker things.
Marvel or DC?
Marvel, but DC is cool.
Do you ever base your characters/events in your stories from real life?
Not intentionally, but it happens to me a lot. Reality and fiction constantly bleeds into each other. I explore a lot of my darkest fears through Elyssia in Finding Elyssia. Right now I’m her before she becomes a whiny bitch, so I still have that to look forward to. Ha!
You’ve mentioned that one of your works The Mechanics of a Broken Brain is partly made up of your own diary entries. Did you find that particularly difficult to publish online where people can see it?
No, because people don’t know which entries are my own. That makes it a whole lot easier. Although, I have to admit, I feel shy about sharing it with people I know. Just in case they, you know, guess.
Invent a word and a definition for it.
Destructo – Something that’s been destroyed but still works as normal. For example, “That girl is a destructo! Her Twitter name must be Destructo Girl. Haha! So lame. Let’s go smoke a joint.”
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