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Interview with Constance McIlvenna

A Little Something about Constance:

Constance has always been a storyteller. Over the years she has written many novels. Taking some time off for personal reasons, that time away, gave her a renewed outlook and joy for writing. With a new book coming out on November 20th, it has brought her a new sense of excitement and vision for her future. Constance loves to write romance novels, fantasy novels, and poetry.

Fun fact: She joined Wattpad at the end of 2017 to vote for my friend's book when I was 14. I never planned on becoming a writer.

Questions and Answers:

1. What made you want to be an author?

I was always a storyteller. My nana was a children book writer and my grandmother was a very avid reader.

2. Typically, what was the timeframe it took you to write your books?

It takes me around 3 months to complete a book with over 120k words.

3. Are you a planner or pantser?

Pantser, I like to have a loose plot, meaning I can play with it like putty.

4. What would you say is your unique writing style?

Absolutely not, I feel like there is billions of books out there so someone probably writes in my style.

5. Whether it be traditional, self, or story book apps. How did you find the publishing process?

I started publishing on Wattpad and ventured off on other websites. I hope to publish one day but at the moment I am still very young and I still have a lot to learn.

6. How much of your process includes doing research into your subject matter or plot?

Research is the first thing I do. So, the current novel I am working on has a lot of cultural background. So, I am talking to my friends and researching it all.

7. How old were you when you first discovered your passion for writing?

I wrote a whole book (illustrated it too) all about butterflies and how they start off and tiny little hungry caterpillar and end up developing into a gorgeous butterfly. I gave it to my mom for mother’s day and my teacher helped me write it.

8. When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing with your time?

Painting, Makeup and Music. I also like to read and watch crime shows. My favorite is Castle.

9. Is your family supportive?

Yes, absolutely. My dad is helping me buy a new MacBook since my last one crashed.

10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about

yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?

Anything is possible and readers love to be taken down different paths.

11.What is your favorite component about the genre you write?

I have written in a bunch of genres. So, it is hard to just pick one. But I love history and legends. I enjoy editing to an extent.

12.What advice would you give to help others become writers?

Write whatever you want don't hold back. Your story could inspire so many others. If you are nervous, find a good community and some friends and they can help you find the courage to publish.

13.Do you hear from your readers much?

Well, back when I published regularly yes. As of right now no, but I am hoping to change that soon. What kinds of things do they say? We need more! Why did this have to end? This part seems rushed.

14.Do you like to create books for your target audience?

No, I like to create books that I would read and I honestly don't worry about a specific target audience.

15.What pulls you in about a book?

Do you read a book based on the cover or the summary? Both, if the cover is crap, I don't want it littering my bookshelves. But a good description is what really pulls me in.

16.How do you handle writer's block and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?

Read in the genre, you are writing, intake inspirations. Take breaks. Write scenes just for yourself as if your characters were talking to you about the block. Walls can be taken down, sometimes it takes time. Phone a friend.

Final Note:

Constance is a young writer with a zest and drive I wish I had as a young writer. I constantly was torn with what I wanted to do and what my parents wanted me to do. Constance fights to be better and if she feels the need to stop, she does and takes that quiet time to build herself back up. I think if she keeps up the momentum and continues to hone her craft, she'll be great. Check her out on Wattpad and in stores in the future.

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