How did you decide to become an author?
I used to joke about writing a book but never felt I knew which direction I'd go in if I had the balls to try and write. One day, a bunch of weird stuff happened and everything fell into place and I knew Oliver's story needed to be told. I guess you'll have to read the book to understand it all.
Do you have any advice for me? I am an aspiring writer.
At this point, I'm an aspiring writer, too. The advice I would give is to just start writing. Don't worry about editing or revisions; just write. And never give up until you achieve what you have set out to do. Asking the Universe for help never hurts, either. Also, if you're an insecure, neurotic weirdo like me, don't tell anyone you are writing a book. Just write.
Did you have previous writing experience?
I ran several successful personal blogs and also a blog that was focused on Pop Culture. Those blogs gave me the opportunity to develop my writing style and their large audiences gave me the self-confidence I needed to say, "Hey, maybe you do have something to say that will make people laugh!"
Aside from those personal blogs, I spent seven years as the owner, editor and "Jill-of-all-trades" of Revolt Media, an online music magazine. Not only did I write music reviews, news articles and interview bands/musicians/actors, I also ran all aspects of marketing and promotion, oversaw a revolving staff of writers and handled all business aspects of Revolt. Then Puff Dadddy (P. Diddy? What's he calling himself these days?) launched his own Revolt and well, he has way more money than I do, so....