How long does it take you to write a book? It can take me anywhere between 2-4 months. I have written books in a month for nanowrimo before and during the summer, but it’s typically 2-4 months during the school year.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing? I go to school and write at the same time. So it’s about 5 hours of classes a day, however long it takes me to do my homework, and then I write. I try to write for two hours a day so I make time for it.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? The most surprising to me was that the book can really speak to someone. They could go through something similar and they grow attached to the characters and grow with the character. Sometimes they just enjoy that they aren’t the only one going through whatever it is, and have something to relate to. It inspires them and that’s what I hope to do for readers.
How much research is involved when writing your books? Depends on the book. Some of my books are from personal experience so the research is in depth and can at times take years to complete. I look into specific things for books to make sure they are believable as possible, and into characters pasts. One character was trained by monks, so I had to research a lot about that so I could make her character.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Part. -time. School always comes first
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? 5 days a week for about 2 hours each day.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? I aim for 2,000-2,500 words a day.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I do both. I like to outline first when I can so in case I get stuck I know where the book is going, but the story tends to deviate from the outlines more often than not. The book and characters just take it over and let it go however it’s supposed to.
What is the hardest thing about writing? Editing and finding time to sit down and do it.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? Music always helps me, exercising, and the outline I made at the start of it so I can at least get unstuck and start working on it again.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? I normally leave it for a week, just to give myself a break but not too long that I start doing other things and never edit it.
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How old are you? 23. I was recruited at 19 just before my 20th birthday.
Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not? I did until the car accident, then it was kind of dark for a while, but anyone would go through it after losing their family. The Ricker’s took great care of me, and now I couldn’t be happier.
Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
Biggest fear? Cars, again because of the car accident.
Biggest secret? I lied to Renegade and told him that someone else killed Ash Crest. I don’t want any of the survivors to know what happened, because they may not even know they were targeted. No reason to scare them. The threat is gone and not coming back.
What is the one word you would use to define her? Loyal.
What ‘group’ were they in during their high school years? Outcasts.
What did they want to be when they grew up–and what did they end up becoming? She wanted to work with animals, but now she works for the Combat Intelligence Reconnaissance Agency (CIRA) and works to save as many people as she can.
What are their hobbies? Swimming, fight training, sketching, and missions.
What music do they listen to? Alternative.
About the Author
Olivia Night's novels keep readers on the edge of their seats. Her first series,The Men of FTI takes place all over the world with Alpha men who will capture your heart.