Thanks so much for visiting my #boostmybio. I'm PUMPED to be part of the #pitchwars community this year and can't wait to check out all of the fabulous authors/books out there. I followed @catbakewell's fantastic question list (thanks girl!!), but feel free to visit my homepage for more info about me. If you have any questions, shoot me a note! :D
Who are you?
I'm a 20-something-year-old with a thing for YA — I really love people and I love writing (and reading) because I think it helps us to connect and relate.
Some other facts:
I currently live in New York City (I'm a proud Midwesterner at heart)
I love animals of all kinds (if I were a bird, I'd be a loon)
I force myself to run a few times a week (though my gait is cringeworthy)
My go-to karaoke songs are "What's Up?" (4 Non Blondes) and "9 to 5" (Dolly Parton)
I worked in an auto shop in high school
I bite my nails and have no intention of stopping
I'm obsessed with flossing
As a tiny tot, I loved any/all Trixie Belden books
Bacon is great, if, and only if, it is crispy
I get grandes in venti cups so the coffee doesn't slosh over the sides and stain my outfit
Mint chocolate chip in any capacity is just not my thing (same goes for root beer)
Cheese = life
Pizza toppings = pepperoni and black olives
I love hiking
I have mild (undiagnosed) hypochondria
I have no idea what I am doing 99% of the time
What genre do you write?
So far, Young Adult and New Adult. Within that, I've written SF, Adventure, Romantic Suspense, and now, Contemporary.
I guess I'm still trying to find my niche.
What is your book about?
Hippo is the story of Langston Bowers, a 17-year-old, self-proclaimed rationalist and aspiring doctor from the sleepy, seaside town of Kent, Rhode Island. Always working to take care of her free-spirited dad and younger brother, Langston spends most of her time helping out at the resource strained family bakery.
When her dad is diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's and prescribed medical marijuana for his tremors, Langston, a Western Medicine enthusiast who is initially a bit apprehensive, begins to appreciate just how beneficial marijuana is compared to other treatment options.
Already working overtime, juggling school, the bakery, and her family's needs, Langston begins to skim and sell weed from her dad's stash, putting the extra cash towards covering their mounting financial needs. The caveat: Langston will only sell to "patients" who meet her list—primarily, those without access to the health care system. She views this as a win-win: she can help people in need while generating income to cover bakery and medical bills. The problem: it's illegal.
Speckled with humor, love, and plenty of tears, Hippo tells the story of a modern vigilante in her own mind, doing what she thinks is right, knowing that it's wrong.
What is your writing goal?
With this book (and I suppose all of my books), my goal is to relate. To tell a story that readers can empathize with, but also have fun with.
I've had a few family members who have benefited from medical marijuana, and a few who could have, if only the laws in their state allowed it. It's not a great feeling knowing there is something out there that could help a loved one, but because of their state's laws/politics, they don't have access to it. While some states are moving in the direction to expand medical or full legalization, and some already have, I still think there is a great deal of stigma around weed and my hope with this book is to tell a story that makes it a little more personal.
What's on your bucket list?
Oh jeez, a much longer list than I think you care to read, so I'll keep it to my top points.
1) Traveling to Asia (I know this could mean a lot of different places, but I'd be thrilled to go to any of em). I studied East Asian literature in undergrad and I'd love to experience the worlds and cultures I've read about. Also, THE FOOD.
2) Getting published, of course!
3) Marrying my fiancé. Because I like him, a lot.
What are your favorite things?
In addition to the long list above, I love being in nature, my preference being either on a mountain or underwater in a lake. I love seeing strangers be nice to one another. I love snow. I love Otis Redding. I love hugs.
Do you have any writing advice?
You can do it!!!
I'm very well acquainted with the self-doubt that comes along with writing. My one piece of advice would be just do it, because you can do it and you, yes you, have a story to tell! Forget all of the junk telling you it's not the time or you can't —the time is now and you can!
Aside from that, as I'm totally wandering around aimlessly in this writing world, I'd feel wrong/inauthentic trying to give advice.