To celebrate the publication of the fab Della Says: OMG - Keris Stainton invited us to be part of her blog tour. We happily accepted and decided to ask her a few cheeky questions about her years as a teenager. I love this interview (and the accompanying pics!) and hope you do too!
Can you give us an example of a typical page in your diary?
When you were fifteen, did you suspect that you may be a writer in the future?
Della works part time in her parents deli. Did you have a job as a youngster?
What were you like at school?
What kind of books were you into as a teen? Do you think that has had any bearing on the young adult writing you do now?
Did you have posters from magazines on your bedroom walls? If so, who were they of?
I've attached a photo... But the first poster I had was of John Travolta. I used to kiss it goodnight. I also remember having posters of Terence Trent D'Arby, who I thought was just *beautiful*. (I still have posters on my walls, btw, but now they're in my office rather than my bedroom. I have Russell Brand, George Clooney and Adam & Joe in front of me right now.)
Did you have a best and worst teacher at school?
What advice can you give to young people who wish to have a career in writing?
I should probably say don't listen to advice! Years ago, I read something along the lines of "If you say you want to be a writer, you don't really want to be a writer; REAL writers say they want to write." I'd been saying I wanted to be a writer and, ridiculously, that put me off for years. I think that all you really need to do is to read and to write. I wouldn't even say 'write every day' (because I don't). One thing I do think is important is a support network. I formed an online writers' group and it was the best thing I ever did.
Make sure you check out the next blog stop tomorrow