The Literature Hub
The awesome Yara Gharios agreed to be our first interview here on The Literature Hub. She's a relatively new author, but she's definitely one to watch.
When did you start writing?
I guess, if you want to get technical, I wrote my first short story when I was 8, as in, I documented it using pen and paper. I still have it laminated somewhere in my treasure box where I keep everything I've ever written. But even before that, I wrote stories for school and always enjoyed them. I even made up some that I told myself, often when I was scared of going to bed, or happy about something. I can't remember ever not having a story to tell.
Do you plot out your books or do you just sit down and write?
I'd say it's a pretty 50-50 division. Some things I have no control over, such as when the idea strikes. Plus, because I'm such an avid reader, I like to treat my books when I'm writing them as if I'm reading them at the same time. I like keeping some things a mystery even to me, which means I don't always plan the way the actions unfold. What I do plan is the major things; the resolution, the knots and the plot twists, for example. I've tried making an outline before I start writing, but that took the fun out of it, for me. Every writer has his or her own technique, and I prefer to be a bit more spontaneous.