General Questions For Ginna Moran

Why did you want to become a writer?
Writing has always been my emotional outlet. As a teen, I wrote about everything—boys, friends, family, my feelings—I even kept multiple journals that I still have to this day. Writing was my way of working through the feelings I didn’t know how to express otherwise. I’m painfully shy and not the best speaker, so I always focused on writing. Then, as I grew, my personal writing turned into stories about different characters I wanted to be and wanted to read about. It’s the best feeling to see my imagination play out on the page.

What inspires your writing?
What doesn’t inspire my writing? A particular song, a conversation with someone, a stranger at the store—all sorts of things inspire me. It really depends on what I’m working on.

Are your character based on real people? Or imaginary people?
All of my characters are imaginary people. I sometimes wish they were real, though. I have taken names, characteristics, and personalities of people I know and given them to my characters, but it’s hard to embody a real life person in fiction work.

What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a couple books for my 2018 calendar including a YA paranormal mystery/thriller, a standalone contemporary, and a Demon Within spinoff series.

What do you love most about the writing process?
I love reading my first draft for the first time and then editing the heck out of it. I’ve rewritten some of my books completely, where the only thing that remained the same was a loose plotline. I also love naming characters and renaming them again and again until they have a name that sticks.

What’s your favorite genre?
I love everything young adult, but I also enjoy reading romantic comedies, contemporary romance, paranormal anything, and women’s literature.

Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many great authors out there that I’ll just name a few—Alyson Noel, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Nikki Godwin, J.L. Weil, Kami Garcia, and so many more.

When do you write?
With an energetic five year old, I write at night. It works out great and I’ve learned how to manage my time really well.

What do you love most about writing Young Adult?
I love writing about firsts—to experience something for the first time is something almost magical. First love, first kiss, first heartbreak, first time driving, first day of high school, first dance, first serious decision, first loss of something important. It’s the firsts that leave an impression and mold us into the people we are as adults. I love the journey to adulthood and how complicated and beautiful it is.

Can you tell us something about yourself that people might not know?
I used to train dogs in my late teens and early twenties. It was one of my favorite jobs.

What’s your favorite color?
Is glitter a color? If I can’t choose glitter, then I choose gray. I know, it’s completely random. Black, too.

What’s your favorite place?
I love islands even though I don’t swim in the ocean. Grand Cayman is amazing. If it’s not an island, I enjoy the city life. Beverly Hills might sound overrated, but I love it there. Love walking everywhere, love going to places on N. Beverly Drive. I especially love it during the holidays. It’s so sparkly.

If you could tell your readers anything, what would it be?
Never stop dreaming. Your dreams help you see all of life’s possibilities.

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