Monday, 5 December 2011

                       




AN EXCITING INTERVIEW WITH
LARISSA HINTON

          














 

Q&A

Hi Larissa, I'm so glad to meet you.  I really enjoyed your anthology, Everblossom. I’m looking out for more of your books. I’m sure the readers would be delighted to know more about you and your work.

Hi Katy! I'm so glad to meet you too.*shakes hands* All right, fire at will! I'm ready to answer these questions! :)

At what age did you realize you are a writer?

I started writing at the ripe age of 12. At first, I wrote poems because of my lovely English teacher decided that we should write poems and from then on, I fell in love with poetry. The writing bug really bit me a year later when the movie of Nickelodeon movie, Clock Stoppers came out. I thought the movie was going to be horrible, so I decided that I would write a novel that would be better than the movie. Needless to say, my book wasn't as good as the move but I didn't care. I love writing and nothing else mattered. Thus my obsession with writing begun.



What inspired you to write ‘Everblossom’?


Funny enough, there wasn't any inspiration at all! I know, such a bad answer for a writer, but I am telling the truth. You see, I was taking a Creative Writing class and for the first time ever, I had to write short stories. Before this point in my life, I never wrote a short story but I found something funny about it: I loved it. I was able to delve into the characters I loved, create new stories that would inspire bigger ideas, and it was a way to play with the inner thoughts that floated my mind. Even at one point, my professor told me that all of my novel ideas were really short stories. Granted, at that time, I did not appreciate him saying that, but some of my ideas were short stories. I just never knew it.


The poems in the anthology however, were inspired by mostly my personal life. And other times, by the urge to write it down. I don't think I could fully explain it properly, but when an idea hits me, it's like lightening and I'm alert and aware that a poem is in me that needs to be written. I've literally tried to go asleep with that feeling, but I couldn't. I have to write it down into poetic form. It doesn't happen so often (like once or twice a month) but when it happens, I have to write that poem down or I can't think straight.


Oh, and one of the poems, In Death You Speak, was inspired by boredom in class. I was sitting in one of the English Literature classes listening to them drone on and on about something, so I wrote a poem instead of listening. J I know. I'm horrible. A-soon-to-be English teacher not paying attention in an English classroom? Shocker.



For your short stories, did you do any research?  

The only one I did research on was the last short story in my anthology, Black and White. Technically, I wouldn't call it research since all I did was read the Adoption Forums one day and kinda bumped into her story. Then the story just flowed from there.

Where did you do your research?  The Net – Library?

The Adoption Forum. I internet surf there all the time since I'm interested in adopting children when I get married.

Do you have a private space to write?

Absolutely! My bedroom. I use to type in the library at home which wasn't private at all, but it was the only place at home that had a computer. But that changed when we upgraded computers, and since I was going to college, my parents thought it would be wise for me to have my own computer, so they gave me one in my own room. A desktop computer of my very own! I was super excited, and now people didn't have to hear the clickity clack sounds echoing across the house. I could type all in my own private space, in my room. Of course, now I have a laptop, so I could type up my books anywhere, but there's nothing like typing in the morning in my room.

How long do you write each day?

That varies, since some ideas just pop into my mind so it varies from an hour to three hours. I try to edit at least for an hour on my upcoming book, Iwishacana/Acanawishi. But sometimes, ideas just pop up for short stories, for the second installation of my anthology, Everblossom 2!

Do you write to music?

Actually, no. The reason I don't listen to music while I write is because it distracts me from writing. My favorite genre is electronic dance. So every time I listen to it (especially Cascada or Rhianna's Please Don't Stop the Music) I want to dance instead of write. So it's more of a hindrance instead of a help.


What do you have with you when you write? Coffee, sweets, etc.?

Well, that's an interesting question. I don't eat while I write, but I do have my handy dandy notebook. Technically two notebooks. One that has all of my marketing information in it (along with some tips on how I can make Iwishacana/Acanawishi better and how to organize the stages in Everblossom 2) and the other one is chock full of Everblossom 2 short stories and poems. I'm going to have to get another notebook for Everblossom 2! It's going to be a long anthology, lol!

Are you writing another anthology?

Absolutely! I'm currently working on Everblossom 2, which should come out next year. I wish I had a more solid date for you but every time I turn around, more stories seem to emerge from the ashes. Therefore, I'll just say next year.

Other anthologies I'm brewing up are: Iwishacana/Acanawishi anthology, an erotica anthology, and a horror anthology. These anthologies won't be out anytime soon, since I'm dedicating most of my time and effort towards the second Everblossom installment, but I'll get to these other anthologies eventually!

Do you have aspirations to write in other genres as well?

Actually, yes, I wrote a post about my switch from paranormal/fantasy to horror (you can check it out here). Additionally, I'm switching from romance into erotica.

Obviously, it's a humungous change for a writer, and since I'm switching at double time it makes it extra difficult. Never in a million years would I have thought I would strictly write horror or regular young adult books, but I am. Ever since I ventured out of my comfort zone with reading, my writing has had a direct correlation and a huge effect. Ever since my life has changed from zero to sixty, my writing has changed right along with it. It's amazing how much of an impact college has had on my life. And to think, I was actually considering not going there at all! But thanks to college, I went from dedicated young adult fantasy traditional published goal orientated girl into a business woman who self-publishes her work which varies across all the different genre spectrum. I have to say, I love it!

Larissa, this has been so interesting. I am so excited to have met you!  I shall be looking out for your next book.
Thank you for having me interviewed on your wonderful blog! I hope to talk to you some more. While we are on the subject of future works, my young adult fantasy novel, Iwishacana/Acanawishi is hopefully coming out this early December.

Where rules are meant to be broken

Anissa is constantly on the run from the police and can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Secrets are meant to be kept

Until Anissa hides Florence in her bedroom and her mother finds out. There's only one thing left to do: Send her to Juvenile Cop Camp to erase all of her crimes on her record.

And everything is not what it seems

There's only one problem: Anissa is innocent.

Welcome to Iwishacana.

If you want to learn about me, my books or my crazy life as a self published author, you can check out my blog here.


I didn't know if you needed my bio or not, but it's here's below along with the links and everything else.

Here's my bio:

Hello, my name is Larissa Hinton. I'm a grad student at Hampton University and hopefully by next year, I'll be a full time secondary English teacher. In the morning, I'll be a teacher but at night I'll become an author. Reference isn't working for you? 

Lol, anyway, most of the fiction I write really comes from a life of reading of what I love to read. Some of it, comes from a dark place which I never knew existed until college. Ah, gotta love college. Always discovering new sides of yourself.

If you want to know more about me and my sarcasm, you can just check out my blog and click on FAQ's. Thanks for reading my super short bio! :)
Here's the links to Everblossom and to my blog:

http://teacherwritebookaholicohmy.blogspot.com/





And here's the book cover to Everblossom with the blurb (just in case):



 An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes.

The author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.