Hey, guys! I’m doing another interview today; this time, with the lovely J.C. Buchanan, who has written and published 3 books: Hidden Amethyst, You’ll Be Like Faye, and the novella sequel, Far Away Faye.
Tell us a little bit about you!
Hi, I’m J.C.! I’m 17 years old, and I’ve written 2 novels & 1 novella. I’ve been a writer pretty much as long as I can remember—even before I could write I was drawing pictures in notebooks and coming up with stories to go along with them. I love to read, and I also love rereading 🙂 When I’m not reading or writing, I love making movies, baking desserts, babysitting or hanging out with friends. I’m probably unheathily obsessed with the color purple, and I eat way too much chocolate. So…yeah, I think that about sums it up! 😀
Tell us about your WIP.
My WIP is a dystopian, which I’m really excited about because I haven’t tried writing dystopian yet, though I love the genre. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s all about friendship/love/loyalty and about the power of friendship in the face of evil. I’d say more, but I’m in that editing stage where everything is changing, so I’ll just stick with that for now. 😛
What’s your favorite of the three books you’ve written and why?
You know, I once saw a quote that said asking an author to pick their favorite book is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. 😉 I really don’t know. Of course, I’m partial to the novella I just published. I discovered it after having forgotten I had written it, and I was actually surprised with how good it was. So my answer is probably that one (Far Away Faye). Though I also just love my first book, The Hidden Amethyst, because I wrote it when I was a ton younger and it’s just so hilarious and entertaining to read now. Regarding You’ll Be Like Faye, right now it’s been two years since I published it, so I’m in that phase where I hate it and want to pretend it doesn’t exist….but I’m sure with some time I’ll get over it and love it again 🙂 😛
I have yet to read Far Away Faye, but I loved You’ll Be Like Faye (everyone should go read it!!!) I feel you, though! What’s your favorite thing about writing?
CHARACTERS. Creating characters is one of my most favorite things in the world. It’s just so much fun to create characters and then watch them come to life!
I’ve never “officially” picked a favorite…but I lean towards realistic contemporary.
Who are your writing heroes?
Suzanne LaFluer is a relatively new author almost nobody knows exists, but she’s the first one that comes to mind. Her books shaped my early writing career; I reread them so many times I literally had chapters memorized. Andrew Peterson is another one. His books have gone down as my favorites of all time. I’ve also been given the opportunities to meet him several times, and his works have really been super influential in my writing journey.
Gail Carson Levine’s book Writing Magic has so much that still sticks with me to this day. First thing that comes to mind is to not be afraid to write complete junk. Learning how to write bad stories and stories that were awful was so crucial for me, because all of my good stories came out of rejects. This concept applies to first drafts, too—I tend to be perfectionistic in my writing, so learning that writing junk was good seriously helped me so much.
If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Hm…probably Ellie from You’ll Be Like Faye. She’s so happy and I always think of her as a combination of all my friends. I think we’d get along great and she’d probably give me my next story, too.
I lovvvvve Ellie! You’d most definitely have a story after spending time with her. What is your biggest writing dream and what are your goals this year to accomplish it?
I’d love for one of my books to win the Newbery Medal, and my wildest dream is for one day one of my books to be made into a movie. I want my books to go down in history. As to what I’m doing this year to accomplish it….just writing, I guess XD
Having your book made into a movie has got to be the coolest dream ever! I totally hope it happens one day. To wrap up our interview, how does being a Christian affect your writing?
In every way possible! The only reason I have this talent to begin with is because God gave it to me so it is my life mission to give it back to Him. I don’t want to write anything He doesn’t want me to and I just the world to see the hope in the darkest parts. I’ve never wanted to write “Christian” books though; I want to write books that will reach nonbelievers and let them know there is hope and they are loved. Sometimes it’s hard to know what He wants and it’s hard becuase I know everything I write won’t always be perfect and exaclty what He wants… I’m messed up like any of you. But it is my prayer He can use me anyway!
Thank you so much for letting me interview you! It was lots of fun. Y’all can find J.C. on social media with the links below! Go give her a follow; she’s awesome!
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