Today’s guest is Pupola–author of the YA sci-fi novel Never One.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Pupola. I am from Pittsburg, PA. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I live in Seattle, WA with my husband and baby boy. I enjoy hiking and road trips with my family. I can do a smidge of an Elvis lip.
2. When did you start writing?
In elementary school.
3. Why did you start writing?
It was fun coming up with silly things to write about or having complete freedom over your characters.
4. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for your novel?
I had a bunch of images pop in my mind before falling to asleep.
5. How different is the final product (the book) from your original vision?
It stayed pretty true to my initial idea.
6. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in Never One.
Stubborn, indecisive, daring, caring, and proactive.
7. Let’s talk about what a typical writing session looks like for you.
- Do you listen to music as you write?
Sometimes classical music.
- What is your preferred writing time?
Any time of the day or night.
- Do you prefer writing outside or indoors?
- Do you like to write in public places, or do you seek out isolation?
8. What is your favorite book genre?
Fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary.
9. What is your favorite book?
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I liked how the story traveled through many points in time and how humans split up into two different species in the very far future. I found that unexpected but so possible.
10. Any project in the works?
I’m working on a YA fantasy novel.
11. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
You just have to know how the story ends.
12. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Revise, revise, and revise. Connect with other writers. Make use of social media.
And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Car or motorcycle?
2. Ebook or physical book?
3. Nights out or nights in?
4. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Being able to travel to the future.
5. Staying in a hotel or going camping?
6. Working in a group or working alone?
Working in a group.
7. Losing all of your money or losing every picture you’ve ever taken and every picture that has ever been taken of you?
Losing all of my money.
8. To find true love or to win the lottery?
To find true love.
9. Being Spiderman for a day or being Batman for a day?
Being Spiderman for a day.
10. Bungee jumping or going on the slingshot ride?
Going on the slingshot ride.
11. Being drawn into a tornado or being drawn into a whirlpool?
Being drawn into a whirlpool.
12. To never speak again or to never eat solid food again?
To never eat solid food again.
13. Staying awake for forty-eight hours (continuous) or walking for twenty-four hours (also continuous)?
Walking continuous for twenty-fours.
14. Spending half a day locked in a coffin (there would be a hole for air, of course) or spending two days trapped at the bottom of a well?
Spending two days trapped at the bottom of a well.
15. Finding yourself trapped in the universe of The Walking Dead or finding yourself trapped in a slasher film?
Finding myself trapped in a slasher film.