1.When did you start putting pen to paper?
I just recently started to blog at WordPress.com (just about 3 months ago), but I love it. I always loved writing my own pieces and I was actually considering blogging long before I actually did it, but I just didn’t know when and how to start.
2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Blog writing – articles.
3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
My favorite fictional hero is definitely one from my childhood, the Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl. One of the first books I read when I was in my pre-teens… an absolute classic for me!
4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Virginia Woolf. I wouldn’t say that I identify with her much, but I do love how she changed literature with her unique attitude towards Christianity, fascism and how she gave power to women with feminism through her novels.
5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Right now, I’m just focusing on my blog and trying to build an audience through my posts and the layout of it. If anything else comes up, why not?
6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
No, because I’ve just started writing and blogging and I’ve loved it so far, so nothing regretful for now.
7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing about what you’re passionate and don’t do anything if you’re not 100% focused and determined.
8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful ;)
Actually, English classes were my favourite. I always had A’s at school and in private courses.
9. How much research do you do for your writing?
It depends on the subject I’m writing about. If I’m writing something personal, I don’t use much research… I just write down my feelings but If it’s a social issue (for example) I tend to go online and search on the news and forums and try to be as educated as possible before commenting on it.
10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
On my laptop.
11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Do what makes you happy and don’t let anyone or anything put you down-what others think of you is none of your business, your success will speak for you.
12. What book do you think everyone should read?
The Little Prince… such a warmhearted reading.
13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I used to take piano lessons but after a while I stopped for personal reasons, but I would like to learn how to play again.
14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
At present time no efforts on having a book published as of yet.
15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
Someone’s famous for sure and from another lifetime… so I would say Leonardo DaVinci.
16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Well, I consider myself an amateur blogger for now, and it’s not a profession necessarily… I would say it’s more of a hobby. But my ideal profession besides blogging would be something in the fashion industry, like fashion journalist.
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
The first one, I love Bill Murray. No thoughts on the other two ;)
18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
My most rewarding writing accomplishment is definitely my blog.
19. What quote do you live by?
“Live each day as if your life had just begun.”
20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
Be a very well known and admired blogger.
21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Yes… are you in the process or releasing another book or writing piece?
I write/blog in my free time here… and I’m slowly but surely working on two books, a sequel to my last novel Feedback and a collection of vignettes (to be transformed into a novella from the fictional character, Debra Westlake. You can read some of them here under Friday’s Flash-Fiction – let me know your thoughts.
Thanks again to Ntina for talking with me, she’s a delightful blogger who just so happened to be featured here with her insightful piece on fashion – in case you missed it, read it here: https://lisamontanino.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/featured-article-from-guest-blogger-ntina-rotsidi/
And last but not least, please follow this talented lady (if you haven’t already): https://theworldofntina.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/hello-world/
Have a lovely sun-filled weekend!