Words of Wisdom
What inspired you to write your book?
When I first started writing Laconic, I was just getting into K-pop. I thought the genre was really fascinating, so I wanted to try writing a story about it. At first, I thought writing fanfic about real people was weird (oh the irony) so I knew I wanted to create my own band. I decided to set the story in Atlanta because it’s a fairly well-known city and I am decently familiar with it since I’m from Georgia.
What is your writing process like?
Chaotic, definitely! I usually get an idea and scribble down anything from a sentence to several paragraphs of the idea. When I get around to writing it, I usually dive right into the story and then beginning outlining once I am certain that I like the story. After that, I just loosely follow my outline and write.
How many hours a day do you write?
I just write whenever I can, so some days I don’t write at all. But when I am writing, I usually do it for one or two hours at a time.
What does literary success look like to you?
Of course, the dream is to get on a New York Times Bestseller list, but besides that, I’d love to be able to support myself financially with my writing.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Editing. It’s the absolute worst part, but it’s definitely necessary.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on what I’m writing and what my deadlines are, but usually, it energizes me.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop putting “,” at the end of dialogue sentences. It’ll save you so much editing time.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For this book, I looked at places around Atlanta for reference of what exactly is inside them and what their layouts are. I looked up a bunch of photographs and read travel articles.
What advice do you have for other Black writers?
Don’t stop. Always believe in yourself even if it looks like no one else does. You are smart and talented and you got this in the bag!