See my first post [HERE] with a brieft synopsis and excerpt from the book.
Me: When did you start writing?
Monica: I've been writing forever! I write a ton almost every day, as it turns out. Writing is the way I express myself, so I just fell into it naturally.
Me: What was your motivation?
Monica: I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn't clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.
Me: Where did the idea of Socialpunk come from?
Monica: I was inspired by the city of Chicago, by social media issues in our current world, and by the cyberpunk genre. The book is a bit like the Terminator series and I reference that a couple times just for fun. James Cameron is basically my favorite director ever, and he really inspires me with his world-building and storytelling skills.
Me: Who is your favorite character in Socialpunk?
Monica: I would have to say Ima is my favorite character, as she's the main character and the book is told entirely from her point of view. What I love about her is how much she changes from the beginning of the book to the end. She feels very guilty and is constantly struggling with right vs. wrong. She's probably one of my favorite characters out of all the ones I've written.
Me: Were any of the characters inspired by people in your own life?
Monica: Nasser was slightly inspired by my own approach toward leadership (why I shouldn't be a leader!). Nahum was inspired by a major crush I had in 4th grade, haha. No one else is similar to anyone I know in real life.
Me: Right now, what are your favorite book and movie?
Monica: Hmm, I guess I would have to say I love this movie called Flipped. It's a love story and totally cute. My favorite book is harder to pick, since I don't read as much fiction as I'd like to these days! I really enjoy Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater. I'm reading their stuff most recently.
Me: What is one book that everyone should read?
Monica: When I was a kid I loved this book called The Girl With the Silver Eyes. [HERE] is the exact cover of the book I had.
It's one of my absolute favorite YA novels, and, surprise! Maggie Stiefvater loves that book too. This was the first novel that made me want to write fantasy and science fiction.
Me: Besides writing and reading, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Monica: I'm training for the marathon right now! I also love to eat and travel. Eating is the worst habit, lol. Hence, the marathon training.
Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Monica: A writer, I guess! I consider myself grown up at this point. I'm 28 years old, so I feel very independent and confident in my life choices.
Me: What is one of your biggest dreams? What are you doing to go after it?
Monica: I would love to get a serialized fiction series going. I plan to start outlining fairly soon, hopefully the end of April. It's a challenge though, because everything has to be outlined before I start so all the delicious foreshadowing happens. Plus, I have no idea if people will buy serialized fiction. But I'm willing to take a chance.
Thanks Monica for the interview! Check back later this week for my review of Socialpunk!
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