Sunday, June 28, 2009

Meet Heather Riley - An Interview with an Aspiring Writer in PA

Meet Heather Riley, a fellow aspiring writer in Pennsylvania!

A few words from Heather on her writing experience:

"Writing is the best outlet for me. I enjoyed English, writing, and reading in school and went on to college to continue my passion. I am very hard on my own writing and I let that prevent me from going on to see what I can truly accomplish. I feel that once I get past that I will be able to explore the realms of the writing world. Until then, I continue to write everything and anything and hope to leave my mark on this world through the written word!"

What writing project are you working on right now?

Heather: I am currently working on a novel that I started about two years ago. It is fiction, and about a young woman who can't remember her life prior to a hospital stay. We journey with her to find out who she is, and why she spent two weeks at Young's Memorial Hospital.

What excites you most about writing?

Heather: The most exciting thing about writing is finding out where your piece will take you. It is exciting to watch your work unfold. It is about sitting back and watching it all happen right in front of your eyes.

As a writer, what is your greatest challenge? How have you overcome that challenge, or how do you plan to overcome it?

The greatest challenge to overcome when writing is to not get frustrated. Writer's block is so frustrating, and it has left me helpless for months! I have left a piece for weeks before returning to it and trying to make it work. Walking away and finding inspiration is the best way to get rid of the frustration. Taking a break is key.

What book are you reading right now?

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty. I like ONE character in the whole book. And she is the only reason why I am continuing to read this book.

What is your favorite book of all time and why?

The Bell Jar by Ms. Sylvia Plath. I can really relate to her novel in a couple of different ways. I love Sylvia's style of writing and her depth.

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?

"Keep writing."

Thanks for the interview, Heather! I hope you do keep writing. I can definitely relate to the frustrations of writing, but also the excitement of watching a new story come to life. It's amazing how they can write themselves.

Happy Writing!

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