FOR EVERY LIKE I’LL ANSWER: QUESTIONS 7 – 10

Continuing from the list created by @mouthyjen, I’ll be answering questions 7 to 10!

7. What’s your favourite tense to write in?

I’m not sure if I have a favourite. I alternate between first and third person POV’s depending on what works best for the story I’m trying to tell. I do the same with tenses. It just depends on the project.

8. Do you write romance in your projects? What kind?

I do. Not always but I’d say probably 80% of my books have some kind of romance. Honestly the majority of what I’ve written between middle school and university has a sprinkle of romance in it…off the top of my head there’s only 2 books that I’ve written one in middle school and one in university that focused more on friendships and family relationships…everything else I’m thinking of has had a love interest. I think I just like having cute moments between my characters. Funny enough, most of the romance I read is manga…but I do enjoy romance subplots in novels as well.

9. What inspired your recent project?

The inspiration for Vermin came from a dream I had after mulling over what to submit for my creative writing assignment. This isn’t the first time a dream has saved me before a deadline for one of my creative writing courses…but I was so stressed out and kept writing out random pieces of things and nothing was clicking. A few days before my deadline, I had this dream which part of ended up being the first chapter of the book.

What I submitted for my assignment however features an adult Nicholas. The dream was long, and the assignment was a short story, so I ended up only submitting that portion of my dream instead.

10. Is it hard for you to kill your darlings?

Thirteen-year-old Ardin would’ve said, “Absolutely not,” however I’m in my twenties now and after having angered many friends of mine who read my earlier unpublished works throughout school, I would say it gotten harder.

When I was younger, I firmly believed in the phrase, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader,” so whenever I felt a strong connection to a character I figured that the readers would most likely feel the same way. However, I also learned after killing off a favourite character in a series I’d written back in the day, that its very cruel to put your readers through that…and so I revived the character.

In more recent years, I’ve managed to kill characters off without feeling the need to miraculously bring them back to life…I do miss them when they’re gone though. It hurts and I do cry…but I also feel sad when I get to the end of a story I’m working on.


Well, I’m off to catch up on some reading! Feel free to check out my recent blog posts, and if you’re into YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy books, check out Vermin!

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