Nadia Scrieva Interview
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality?
I knew that I wanted to be a writer from a very young age. When I got my first computer at age ten (this was back when not everyone had a computer at home) I began to write fanfiction and post it online to gain feedback from readers and improve my skill.
2. What 3 adjectives best describe you?
Stubborn, focused, impatient.
3. How do your values show up in your writing? What do you want readers to take from your writing?
All of my writing shows the characters persevering and conquering impossible odds, along with physical and mental barriers. I like to hope it will inspire readers to be strong as well when faced with hard times.
4. What do you look for in a good book?
Complete escape to an engaging world, with noble, interesting characters I can relate to or aspire to be more like!
5. What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning?
That you will get fat if you remain completely stationary in one place while writing for a year, with your roommate shoveling food at you so that you “write faster.”
6. What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?
I get discouraged quite often. I try to print out sweet messages from fans and use them as fuel to keep going. Or I talk to a few of my reader-friends and ask them over and over again: “Do you like my story? Do you really like my story?”
7. What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
Let go of the people who don’t support you, and cling fast to the people who do. They will come to you, and they will be amazing! I’ve met such wonderful people through my writing—people who love my work, and by extension already know who I am.
8. Any recent epiphanies or unforgettable life experiences?
I flew down to Florida (I live in Canada) for the wedding of one of my readers. She used some of the lines I wrote for a wedding in one of my stories for her wedding vows! It brought tears to my eyes. =)