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Author, I Never: An Interview with Laura Weymouth

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken.

Question the first: Laura, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

So, I read a TON of Lucy Maud Montgomery books as a kid. Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon were very much my bosom friends. Anne and Emily both have very vivid imaginations (as I did and still do) and both of them loved to write. Writing as a hobby never occurred to me until one fateful recess period in 4th grade, when I was struck by a bolt of inspiration out of the blue. Thanks to Anne and Emily, I knew exactly what to do and jotted down a terrible poem about the wind.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Tara Gilboy

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

Question the first: Tara, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know if I can actually pinpoint a single moment when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I know that by second and third grade, I was reading constantly, writing a lot, and fairly certain that I was soon going to become the world’s first bestselling author who was still in elementary school. I remember my third grade teacher telling me that stories submitted to publishers came back with “red pencil all over them.” Not my stories, I thought. (Gosh, I wish I still had that confidence!) It only took me 25 more years, and I had sold my first book!

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Hayley Chewins

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

 

Question the first: Hayley, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I was one of those children who always had a journal with me. I wrote constantly. But I mostly wrote songs because a) I was obsessed with singing and b) writing a whole book was way too daunting. Writing a novel was always something I wanted to do someday, but it wasn’t until I was twenty-three and swamped with reading legal textbooks that I realised I needed fiction in my life in the same way that I needed oxygen. That’s when I wrote my first (terrible) draft of a novel.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Don Zolidis

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

Question the first: Don, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I’ve even got a little book I wrote when I was 11, that I PUT A COPYRIGHT ON. (Yeah, I was already concerned with copyright infringement). I think I decided I wanted to be a writer for a career my junior year in high school. I was sitting in the back of my parents’ car heading to a swim meet and it hit me: I just want to be a writer. 

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Mischa Thrace

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

 Question the first: Mischa, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Since elementary school. I lived in fiction as a kid, and at ten I was ‘working’ at the local library processing new books, which in those days meant pasting in card pockets and filing Dewey cards. Saying it like that makes me feel ancient, but it was so much fun! In high school I started writing short stories and some novel-length fanfic and promised myself that by 25 I would have a book on the shelves. I’m almost ten years late to that goal, but as they say, there’s the plan and then there’s real life!

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Beth Kander

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

Question the first: Beth, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for as long as I’ve known that “a writer” was something you could “be.” There’s a lovely picture my mother took of me sitting with a pile of lined paper and chewing on a pen when I was barely a year old—so even before I knew what writing was, I was drawn to it! I also have hard physical evidence of the chapter books I wrote (and illustrated, bless ‘em; the protagonists were mostly horses with magnificent crayon-scribbled manes and tales) from about age five on. I started early, and never stopped writing stories. The sad thing is, it wasn’t until I turned thirty—after multiple publications, and decades of this deeply embedded identity that compelled me to constantly crank out words!—that I started telling people I was “a writer” without feeling like a fake. Imposter syndrome is real, y’all. 

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Katya de Becerra

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

Question the first: Katya, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing from a very young age (mostly, poetry), but it wasn’t until a few years ago when I got serious about it and decided to pursue this whole writing/publishing thing for real. 

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Monica Sanz

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

 

Question the first: Monica, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I knew I wanted to be a writer since I can remember! I’ve always loved words and storytelling, to the point that whenever a teacher assigned us vocabulary words and tasked us with writing a sentence for each, I would link my sentences together so they would form a story. The more vocabulary words we were assigned, the better. I’m sure the other kids didn’t feel that way, but I found it such a fun exercise. I have a draft from the first story I wrote when I was 8, but stories had been filling my brain well before then.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Amber Lynn Natusch

Author, I Never is a segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

Question the first: Amber, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Real talk? I didn’t. I was a science geek, who just happened to be creative. Dance had long been my outlet for that, but as I got older I found myself listening to my imagination more and putting it on paper. The first book I ever wrote was the one that kickstarted my writing career.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Christina Collins

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken. 


Question the first: Christina, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Probably in the fourth grade. One day, my teacher asked everyone in my class to write a story on a sheet of paper. I wrote ten sheets too many about the adventures of an orange house cat. My teacher was impressed by the length and asked me to read the story in front of the class. I can’t for the life of me remember what happened in that story, but I do remember that everyone clapped at the end. That means it was genius, right?

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Devon Taylor

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

Question the first: Devon, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

So, I have a very vivid memory of being in the second grade, sitting on the floor in my school’s library, reading a Magic Tree House book, and all of a sudden thinking, This would be the coolest job ever, to write stories like this one. And I never looked back.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Kati Gardner

Author, I Never: An Interview with Kati Gardner

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 

Question the first: Kati, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

 I don’t know that it was ever a conscious decision I made. I went to college and majored in theater, planning on being an actor. But, even then one of the things I enjoyed the most was messing with scripts and writing stories for my friends. I was a middle school theater teacher and I started fooling around with my own characters and developing these stories. Once I had children and started writing Brave Enough I thought that maybe I could do something with this. Maybe this story could do something more than take up space on my hard drive.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Annie Sullivan

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken. 


​​​​​​​Question the first: Annie, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I started out writing little short stories in middle grade, but I didn’t think about writing seriously until I went to college. That was when it really struck me how much I loved reading and how I wanted to try and be a writer. 

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Kit Frick

Author, I Never is a segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken. 


Question the first: Kit, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

The summer after my high school graduation, I was asked to choose a “first year studies” course at my future college, a year-long class in a discipline of my choosing. I debated long and hard between a theater option and a creative writing option, and I chose writing. In retrospect, that decision feels like a small first step toward a serious writing life, one that I would choose again and again throughout college, after graduation, and into my adult life.  

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Brigit Young

Author, I Never is a segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken. 


Question the first: Brigit, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

 I knew I loved writing by fifth grade when I wrote a story about a turkey who runs away during Thanksgiving season and forms the Turkey Supremes. But I knew I wanted to be a writer many, many years later, around the age of 21, when I was a frustrated young actress in NYC, scribbling away on poems and short stories when I wasn’t hostessing and auditioning, and the process satisfied me creatively in a way that theater never had. 

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Amelinda Berube

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules you've broken.

Question the first: Amelinda, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I have a dim recollection of telling someone I was either going to be an author or an illustrator at age…six, maybe? So I’ve pretty much always known. Right up until my twenties, I basically assumed it was my destiny. That’s a dangerous mindset, it turns out, because it really sets you up for panic in the face of criticism. It took me a while to figure out how to keep working despite the looming, red-eyed specter of possible failure.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Caryn Lix

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

Question the first: Caryn, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing when I was about thirteen. My grade 8 writing teacher told me I had talent, so I started staying behind and writing when everyone else went to gym class. That was the first big clue!

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Derek Milman

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.
 

Question the first: Derek, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I was writing since I was in the 2nd grade.  I wrote these UFO stories, in serial form, and all my classmates were totally into it. I realized I liked telling stories, and I had a certain amount of power by creating them, especially when I could kill all the characters off and traumatize an entire class of children. That was wonderful.

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Author, I Never: An Interview with Erin Callahan

Author, I Never is a new segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I try to mix it up a little and ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never (kid friendly version) to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.


Question the first: Erin, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I got into the writer-game later than most people. I enjoyed writing as a kid but never thought, “Oh, maybe someday I’ll be a writer.” I didn’t have any serious interest in writing until I was in my late-twenties, perusing the YA section at Borders with a friend. He said, “We could do this.” And I said, “Hmm. Maybe.”

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Author, I Never Interview with Amy Trueblood

Author, I Never is a segment in which I interview fellow authors about the writing process, breaking into the industry, and breaking rules. I ask some hopefully novel questions along with some of the old standards, and finish it up with a round of I Never to find out what cardinal writing rules we've broken.

Question the first: Amy, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about five or six I was obsessed with the Disney record/read-along books. I would spend hours listening to them and then making up my own stories for what happened after the stories ended (the evil stepmother in Cinderella went to the dungeon. The seven dwarves lived at the palace with Snow White, etc.) I think I knew then I wanted to be a writer in some capacity.

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