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Interview with I. S. Zondie

A Little Something About Zondie:

I.S Zondie is the 20-year-old author predominantly on Wattpad and Inkitt. Her two main works are dark romances - Wilted Love and Aphrodisiac. Her love for writing is shared with her love for nursing, a path she is embarking on in university. She writes for the New Adult genre and loves the feedback she receives from her readers. Zondie is excited to share her vivid imagination with the world. When not writing, she can be found lost in books, studying or with family and friends.

Questions and Answers:

1. What made you want to be an author?

My primary school (elementary) has forced us to do this lesson called ‘creative writing’. At first, I hated it! Then, the more we got to do it, the more I fell in love with writing. This only grew in Secondary school (High school), and at 15, I decided it was time to expand my work beyond English classes.

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

None of my books are finished completely, although Wilted Love is nearing the end, I would say... at least a year since I’m a part time procrastinator.

3. Are you a planner or pantser?

I guess a planner – I mean, I have a plan for where I want to go from point A to point C. Although, majority of the chapters are whatever I can imagine on the spot . As long as it makes sense, follows the structure, and gets me to point C, I’m okay!

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

Eh, I really don’t know how to answer this question. I guess the emotions that my characters face?

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

So far, I have only published my books on story book apps and the processes was fairly easy.

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

A lot! I love researching for certain things. Although it’s all fictional, it’s still based in a very ‘real’ world.

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

I was about 11 years old.

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

Napping, reading books or hanging out with family and friends!

9. Is your family supportive?

Extremely supportive! Ever since my first book I wrote back when I was 15. Which I am so happy about. It makes the process a lot easier knowing I have a supportive family, especially since we have discussed that I do wish to publish my books once finished a polished up.

10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?

Majority of the characters I write about tend to have characteristics of people in my present life. And I always found this interesting… Like, I don’t mean to make them this way, but I can’t help that they just fit the character so well.

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

Making my characters go through emotional turbulence and self-finding. Sometimes, not all relationships are good for us and I can decapitate that by showing the downfalls and the less pretty parts of the relationships as well as the beautiful moments that can fool and blind us into believing we can wither through it all until the final straw breaks.

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

Just continue writing. Your first draft will never be the best, and that’s okay! There is always time to edit, revise and remove and add bits and pieces. What’s important is that you share with the world you amazing story! We deserve to read the words you write. Don’t worry about anyone else.

13.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Yes! Which I love. Usually, I get comments about how much the despise or even love the love interest in Wilted Love or even their mini theories about the book! Which I absolutely adore reading about. However, lately I’ve been getting comments about how they want me to update soon – which is surprising for me.

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

Yes, I write for New Adults and Adults. My books are for a more mature audience due to the nature of the plots and genre.

15.What pulls you in about a book? Do you read a book based on the cover or the summary?

Let’s be honest, the cover! And I’m sure everyone else has a similar thought. However, what determines whether I read the book or not is the summary.

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?

What I love doing is stopping. Giving myself a break to relax my overworked mind. Retire from writing and read some books in my genre or even watch movies and songs. Then, after a while I will go back and instead of writing, I would read my book and pretend to be reading someone’s else’s book. This way, I would ask myself what would I wish to happen? How would I like for the next chapters to be? And the next thing you know, I’m already writing the next chapter. Remember, give yourself a break.

Final Thoughts:

Zondie is someone I would keep an eye out for - for doing wonderful things. I think she shows great promise, takes pride in her work, and has great potential to not only write, but care for people in the medical field. I find her work refreshing and set apart from many other women on the platforms she writes on.

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