|A collection of lovely fan art I've received for Paper Stars|
|A collection of lovely fan art I've received for Paper Stars|
Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert
Run for Your Life - The Fray
Fade into Darkness - AVICII
The Sound of You and Me - Yellowcard
Ships in the NIght - Matt Kearny
Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay
|Q: What was your inspiration?|
A: Anne Frank when I was in 7th grade.
Q: What's the meaning behind the title?
A: Essentially, it has several meanings. But the "paper" part is supposed to symbolise fragility, yet permanence as well, for so much history has been recorded on paper. It's a way to preserve. And "stars" tie in with both the Jewish stars, stars as a symbol of hope and light in darkness as well as the famous idea of "star-crossed" relationships.
Q: Why does Sara swear so much? It seems pretty unlikely that a young Catholic girl from a well-to-do family has such a foul mouth, especially since it's a historical piece.
A: Keep in mind she is a country kid- she mentions this several times. While her family might have been more proper, her friends were less-educated and more rough around the edges. Her best friend is a boy who grew up in a poor, rowdy family with four older brothers; he's bound to be an influence on the way she carries herself and the way she speaks when she's not with adults. There's also the fact of her being a middle child- she feels like her older sister is the perfect lady and that her parents love her more than Sara, and that Hanna is the darling of the family, the sweet baby sister, therefor she believes that she needs to act out to set herself apart from her siblings. Swearing and acting un-ladylike is her way of rebelling against her mother's wishes. Take note that she does not speak so harshly around other adults; she only has a foul mouth around Saul.
Q: How long have you studied WW2?
A: Four years
Q: Are you going to publish it?
A: Yes; currently in the midst of finding publishers.
Q: So you've finished tPS?
A: Yes; I finished it in october, I believe.
Q: Have you found a publisher?
A: Not yet- still editing.
|Q: How old are you?|
A: I am seventeen years of age; born April 12th, 1996
Q: Have you ever taken art lessons?
A: Not until this year (11 grade) - I'm currently taking a painting class and an advanced drawing class.
Q: Why do you swear so much?
A: I think it's silly for me to have to put parameters on my speech all the time: I'm not hurting anyone, it's my way of expressing myself and my humour and I don't think I do it too excessively. I'm a teenager and I think i should be allowed to cut loose sometimes.
Q: Do you do trades or requests?
A: Not at the moment, no. And I never do requests- sorry :/
Q: What are the primary influences on your art?
A: Disney. Disneydisneydisneydisney. I cannot reiterate this enough But other influential artists for me are
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Also Adara Sanchez
Q: What program do you use?
A: I use Adobe/Photoshop Elements; it's basically the shittier-but-cheaper version of regular photoshop.
Q: What suggestions do you have for improving style?
A: Practice, practice, practice. Always remember originality, too; that is key. It's wonderful to have an idol artist that inspires you, but you've got to put your own personal flare into it, too.
Q: How do you create and flesh out your characters?
A: You've got to love your characters; that's rule #1. They've got to be almost real to you, part of you: only then will you be able to really know them. Yes, I know they're your own creation, but they grow, they change, they mature as you do. Give them dimensions, give them flaws, give them problems and GIVE THEM BACKSTORIES. I don't care how boring they are, they HAVE to have a backstory. Make them relatable, human, imperfect.
Q: How do you put emotions into your writing?
A: PUT YOURSELF IN THE CHARACTER'S SHOES. I mean it I know it's an overused saying, but it's my mantra when it comes to writing If you take the time to fall in love with your characters, pretend you're in their situation. For example, if your character looses her boyfriend, imagine what you would do if you lost someone special to you; how would you grieve? That's how I do it, at least. Also, it doesn't hurt to study a little human psychology, too.
Q: You write some sad stuff; has anything horrible happened to you in your past?
A: No, not really. I was adopted when I was a baby, and my birth mother died in a car accident when I was young, but I never really knew her. Aside from that, I'm thankful to say that I have never lost someone dear to me, and I hope I won't have to for a very long time.
Q: How did you learn to draw?
A: I've watched a shitload of Disney in my short lifetime, so that's been a huge influence.
Q: Are you planning on publishing "The Paper Stars"?
A: Yes; now that I have just finished the final edits, I hope to do just that.
Q: Are you going to self-publish it?
A: It's not my first choice- it's more of a back up plan. PS being on the internet may well get in the way with publishing it with actual agencies, so if I get turned down for that reason, I'll will self publish.
Q: Are your characters based off of real life people?
A: Some of them are, yes. All of them have a little bit of my friends and I mixed into their personalities and mannerisms, and one or two are closely based off of friends and my relationships with them. But for the most part they're out of my own head.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: I'll listen to anything, but I do really love the bands Barcelona, He is We, Regina Spektor, Trading Yesterday, and Iron & Wine, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Q: What kind of tablet do you use?
A: I do not use a tablet; every single one of my drawings starts with a pencil sketch on regular paper that is scanned onto my laptop, which I proceed to polish and color. I'm old-fashioned.
Q: What got you interested in history?
A: I've always been fascinated by modern history and I've always felt as if I were born in the wrong century; this spurred me to start writing my first historical fiction novel, Roger Cannon and the Scarlet crest, set in the Great Depression. This is still a WIP, since I have absolutely no idea what direction it's going. Dl
Q: How long have you had Sara and Benjamin?
A: Sara and Benjamin were first created, I believe, in the middle of my seventh grade year. They have certainly evolved quite a lot since then; three years is a long time.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, no question. #2 is Catcher in the Rye, #3 is Perks of Being a Wallflower and #4 is Pride and Prejudice (mr darcy hot damn)