FAQ

- Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Honestly, no. I always loved reading and soon loved writing, but I had a completely different plan set out for myself. I was always told that I needed to pursue a "real" job, one that would keep me financially stable. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I started to seriously consider writing as a career. Now I only wish I had done it sooner!

- Which comes first, the story or the character?
I couldn't tell you if I tried! With my first novel, I got my big idea in the middle of the night while I was reading and I just started writing everything down. Before I knew it, I had already decided on the beginning and the end of a 3 book series. Then with my second novel, the words just flowed out of me. I hadn't written poetry in a while, but all of a sudden it was like I couldn't get the words down fast enough.

- Do you currently have any books published?
Unfortunately, I do not :( However, I am trying my darnedest to get everything finished as quickly as possible and I can't wait for you to read them all!

- Do you ever get writer's block or fatigue?
Unfortunately, yes.  Since I have three crazy animals and more than a handful of chronic illnesses, it is difficult for me to find time to write. A majority of the time, I don't get a chance until everyone has gone to bed and by then I'm too tired to do so. In a way though, I think it helps because it leads to a break between writing sessions, so I'm excited when I get to write and it rarely leads to a burn out.

- Can I interview you for blog/website/paper/etc. ?
Sure. Why not? Go ahead and send me any questions that you have to ivycirillobooks@gmail.com and I will try to respond to them as quickly as possible! If you have a deadline, please make sure to include that in your email.

- Are you currently looking for beta readers or reviewers?
Yes! I want to make each of my books the best that they can be, so I am always looking for advice and critiques from others. If you're interested in reading or reviewing my books, just send an email to ivycirillobooks@gmail.com !

- Do you read and review books for other authors?
Yup! I currently publish 2-3 reviews a month on my blog Perfectly Ambitious and I also post them on Amazon and Goodreads. In addition to that, I have received chapters/manuscripts from various authors requesting a personal critique. If you're interested in either of those, feel free to shoot me an email. Emails about reviews should go to perfectlyambitious@gmail.com while emails requesting personal critiques should go to ivycirillobooks@gmail.com .
- Are you a full-time writer?
No, but I'm not really a full-time anything. Instead I'm a part-time blogger, artist, writer, and graphic designer. I spend my time working on my books, my blog, and my art. So ultimately, I'm a full-time creator and I wouldn't change it for the world! Of course, I wouldn't turn down more hours in the day either :)

- Are you an outliner or a pantser?
Even though I've always been overly organized, I don't always follow that pattern with my books. With my first series, I planned the entire thing. My first novel was divided into 3 acts, 8 sequences, 31 chapters, and I even noted every scene that I wanted to include. However, with my second novel, I completely pantsed the entire thing!


- When should we expect to see a published novel?
While I do not have an exact date, I am striving to have at least one of my novels published sometime in 2017!

- How do you combat your writer's block and fatigue?
I think my best tool is my outline. Even when I don't know what to write, I still have something to go off of. For me the beginning is always the hardest; so as long as I have my outline, the hard part is over. Plus, the whole point of a first draft is just to get the words on the paper, whether they're good or bad. So this helps me do that.

- Are you currently looking for members for a launch team or book tour?
Yup! If you're interested in helping me out with either of those, I would love to have you on my team! Just send me an email at ivycirillobooks@gmail.com !

- Would you be interested in a group collaboration or giveaway with other authors?
Of course! I am a big fan of spreading the love and introducing my fans to new books and authors that I think they'll love too. So if you're interested in putting something together, just shoot me an email at ivycirillobooks@gmail.com !

- Can I send you letters or gifts through the mail?
If you really want to!
Of course, please keep in mind that I will not be able to respond to everything. However, if you make sure to include your email or social media handles, I'll try my best to send you a quick thank you :)

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Opelika, AL 36803