1. Hello! Thanks for taking part in this interview. Now, tell us a little bit about you and your work!Firstly, thank you so much for inviting me! This is my very first interview I am so excited! So, about me: I’m Alice, 24 years-old, from São Paulo, Brazil. I’ve been creating stories long before I knew how to write. During my school years, I was considered a troublemaker, huge loser until I asked a teacher to speech-proof a short story I had written. After that, I was known as the writer. I won two writing contests in my school, and one national contest in Brazil.
2. Before we get into everything else, do you have anything published? If yes, you can add links to your work and your socials in question ten!
Not yet, I am currently participating on Button Poetry’s Chapbook Contest with two different chapbooks, one is called Not a Walk in the Park, is about my struggles with mental illness while the other one, Bitter Cocoa Butter Kisses, is about love and betrayal, heartbreak and forgiveness. I am also planning to self-publish my third chapbook, Secrets of the Concrete Life about my life in the big city, on Amazon really soon.
3. Why did you start writing and how did you start writing?
I was very lonely growing up, an only child of divorced parents. I I spent all free time reading and watching music videos on MTV, at one point I stumbled across fanfiction and I started writing about my favorite band members as if they were part of my life, and suddenly I was alone anymore. I guess I never really stopped; I used my fanfic ideas to create original characters, background stories and got addicted to writing.
4. Do you have a specific writing schedule or do you just write at any time?
I usually write at night, after everyone in the house is asleep. But when I feel specially down I’ll write no matter the time, sadness always has a way to inspire me to travel through my imagination and create a better setting for myself, even if it’s just pretend.
5. What inspires you? Does life itself inspire you? Do ideas just come to you? What about searching online for ideas?
I never tried searching for ideas online for my personal writing; sometimes I would check little scenarios for my fanfics though. My ideas and inspiration come from everyday life situations or traumatic events. What gets me going is the need to run away from my reality into something I have control over.
6. Has your work every made you laugh? Smile? Cry?
Yes! Bitter Cocoa Butter Kisses was the hardest chapbook I’ve ever written, it always felt too real, and I didn’t have all the answers to write them down and make it a fairy tale. I wrote those poems while crying and having anxiety attacks, and needing long breaks to recompose myself. While Not a Walk in the Park is just as intense, I felt in control and even proud of myself looking back at everything I accomplished to fight my demons and get my disorders in check. Secrets of the Concrete Life made me angry, made me laugh, and just look outside my window and thank God for the privileged life I live.
7. Do you have a number one supporter, or even multiple supporters!?
My mother, she is the single most angelic creature to ever grace this Earth. She believed in me from the start and has supported me no matter what. She’s an absolute gift from God, I’d be dead (literally dead) if it wasn’t for her love and kindness. What I know from love comes from her, honestly, she’s the best friend I’ve ever had.
8. Do you have any advice for someone who may be feeling negatively towards their work? Perhaps they feel it’s not good enough or are struggling to find ideas and motivation. What would you say to them?
We all go through this these moments of doubt, and that’s okay. MY question would be: Do you love what you’re doing? Does your work touches your soul? Does it make you cry? Laugh? Does it matter to you? Once you start believing in your work’s potential no one will ever bring you down. And if you think your work is not good enough, it’s okay. No first draft becomes a book, and even if someone did it before, you are on your own path. Your work is unique like you are, no one can write your story like you can. Take a deep breath, take a break, have fun a little. Remember this always: “It’s better to write for yourself and have no public, than write for the public and have no self.” (Siryll Connolly), your writing is supposed to please only one person in this world: yourself.
About inspiration, listen to music, read different books from your Twitter feed, and if all else fails to get your juices going, brace yourself and look at those things that you try to ignore, look at your demons straight in the eyes and write them down. That’s what I usually do.
9. Before we wrap up, how about a fun question! Do you enjoy editing!?
No. That is not a fun question! It brings me flashbacks of trying to rewrite a sentence because I used too many “buts” and “ands”. All the “teh”, and “through” instead of “thought”, and my personal favorite “throught”. Look, I don’t hate editing, but it is not my favorite part (unless we are talking about that moment where I find the perfect sentence to replace that one bit I disliked). But honestly, everything I write for the first time is an automatic draft to work on for at least a week. I re-write A.LOT.
10. Okay, now for the real stuff, post the links to your work and your socials!
Okay, I have a few, if you just feel like googling me go for @LovinSunshine9.
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