I recently had the honor of doing an interview with the wonderful Jessica Day George author of Dragon Spear, Princess of the Midnight Ball, Dragon Flight, Sun Moon, Ice and Snow, and Dragon Slippers. You can visit her website here.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've always loved writing stories, but when I was twelve it became a conscious decision.
In your opinion, once you get a book published does writing go from being fun to being a job?
Nope. It's even better, because now you're paid to do what you love!
Do you ever base your characters off of people you know?
Occasionally, and only minor characters, like cameos. Like one of my professors from college is the doctor in Midnight Ball, stuff like that.
When do you come up with your best story ideas?
You never know. Driving down the street, in the shower, making toast. They strike at any time!
Is there anyone who inspires you with your writing, someone you look up to?
I am a HUGE Robin McKinley geek. Also Diana Wynne Jones.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Please don't forget to read. And not just the type of book you're writing, but read everything you can get your hands on.
What do you think is the best way to get rid of writer's block?