Getting To Know Our New YA Author
Join us as we chat with young adult author Anna Kopp, the newest member of the Blue Moon Publishers family!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
As a child, reading and writing for me was basically like breathing. My parents’ idea of “grounding” me was kicking me outside to play. I wrote poetry because it was big in Russia, and my mom would send it in to the local newspaper. When they never posted it, she sent a letter asking why, and received one back from the editor saying they “know when it’s the parent writing.” I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve always been a writer – it’s who I am – just now, I’m a published one!
Which aspects of the writing process come most naturally to you?
The most natural parts of the writing process for me are the ones that come before actual writing. The ideas develop in my head like a movie and I see it, and feel what my characters feel (to the point of laughter or tears), until I’m bursting with emotion to where I have to write. My husband knows this as the “zombie Anna” because I just zone out throughout the day(s) until I finally get it out.
Do you have a writing routine, and if so, what does it look like?
The first thing I do when starting a new work is the outline. I open a new Word document and create each chapter with a small description. I’ve tried using several special programs (Sigil, Calibre) but to me, the simpler seems the better. I set a goal – 1000 words a day. It might seem small, but to me it’s an entire day’s work. Then go back the next day and edit the last day’s work. Then write. Rinse and repeat.
Can you describe your revision and/or editorial process?
I edit a lot as I write, and since I’m already using the least amount of words I can, it makes things easier. If I think of something that needs to be revised, I add it as a note on my phone so I can change it later.
Have you had anything published in the past? Are you working on writing anything currently?
Currently, my only other available published works are a series of Minecraft children’s early reader books I made for my six-year-old. As most kids these days, he loves Minecraft, and I haven’t been able to find any related books for his age group – so I made some! Currently, I am working on continuing the Lifeblood series, as well as some unrelated young adult fantasy books.
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