L.B Shimaira is the amazing author of four stories on the wattpad platform. She has garnered a great following of over 8K and her stories have been read millions of times. She is soon to be published under Gurt Dog Press and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with.
READ HER INTERVIEW HERE:
When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
on work days, I tend to start by snoozing my alarms several times and then check any overnight messages I may have gotten. When I finally manage to drag myself out of bed, I get dressed, grab my stuff, and leave for work. I have “breakfast” in the car (often an apple) and a sandwich at work around tea time.
On my days off, I awaken when my 3year old daughter does. I sometimes check a few messages before getting out, get us both dressed, and have breakfast. When it’s my husband’s turn to take care of her, I sleep some more.
~I am not a morning person, at all ^_^;;
What do the day-to-day responsibilities look like to you, would you consider yourself strict or disciplined when it comes to do your duties?
Work, put kid to bed, dinner, more work… bed ^_^;;
I allow myself off-days as my mental health requires that I do. So… not too strict I suppose. And, considering I don’t work well with timeslots, not quite disciplined either 😡
How often or how long do you spend in a day preparing for your work and how does it fit into your schedule?
With my bread job being really demanding these past… months… I haven’t really been able to write much 🙁 When I can, I tend to start around 10 or 11 PM and, thanks to my husband, can go on until 2 or 3 AM ♡ Though it’s not unusual for me to get “in the zone” and work even longer than that ^_^;;
What is your favorite part about being a writer? Will you continue to pursue this career in the near future or you have other plans?
I love creating and exploring new worlds/stories ♡ I’m quite a pantser, so when I write, the story often surprises me ♡
If I were to ever be able to pay all the bills with writing, I’d love to make it my career 🙂 but for now, I help develop vaccines and love doing that ♡
How did you discover your passion for writing and how long have you been doing it? What benefits have you derived from it?
My passion for writing? Pfoe… ehm… hard questions, haha.
Well, I was already telling myself stories and writing them down when I was still a kid. I would just make squiggly lines, though, so only I “knew” what story was written. I also made my own mini books/comics as a kid/young teen (my own “goosebumps” series about “the flesh-eating girl”). I didn’t start to really write until I was like 14 or 15? Of course, I started with fanfics =P
I also did a lot of poetry back then–helped with my mental health. I actually stopped writing poetry after I came out of my depression (I no longer “needed” to write poetry.) But what made me write the stuff I write still today is because it helps me to process things and to keep my mental health in check. A lot of my short stories (WANT included) are retellings of nightmares.
If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the universe for free, where would you go?
Hmm, an alien planet with life? Or view a gorgeous nebula first hand ♡
QUESTION #7: What is the FUNNIEST or most interesting memory you have of you childhood?
Funniest or most interesting childhood memory… probably not a good sign that I have to think hard about this (and not because I can’t pick 😡 )
Ah! Got one. As a young teen, diving in Egypt, Red Sea. My dad pointed at an anemone with clown fish (Nemo…) and the fish was basically all “Oi, get away from my property!” 🐟🐟
I found it funny and also stuck out my hand (not even coming close to touching the anemone, I wasn’t /that/ stupid). And the smallest of the 2 clown fish, the actual Nemo, swam out and BIT ME.😒😂😂. Mind you, I was wearing gloves and a suit, but my long arms ensured there was just a strip of skin bare on my wrist.
And that’s where Nemo bit me. My dad was laughing his ass off, underwater. (I wasn’t even in that much pain, I can’t even remember it bleeding. It was just funny that my dumbass was bothering a fish and got punished for it. I could laugh at it too l, though I feigned insult haha)
I walked around with 2 half-moon markings/scars on my wrist for at least half a year xD. 😂😂😂🤣
QUESTION #8: What do you love most and dislike about your country.
What I love most about the Netherlands? That we do not practice “capitalism #1“. We’re primarily socialist and I love that our healthcare system works and that our government supports people. I struggled with PTSD and anxiety for like half a year and I got therapy and was allowed to stay at home then slowly reintegrate at work ♡ I didn’t need to worry about money or losing my job. (But I’m also blessed with an amazing employer.)
What I dislike most… is how we’re trying to be more capitalist. Like, fuck, no! STOP! Don’t ruin the good we got! Instead, make it better! Look at the Scandinavian countries for an example and follow their example and not the USA please (.__.)
QUESTION #9: Which three foods can you live without?
Anything spicy haha (my body does not like spicy, at all .__. ) and then like all the stuff I never eat, which is probably a lot. From stuff I do like but just don’t get (like dates or asparagus) to things I don’t like (sprouts or sunchoke/sunroot)
QUESTION #10: What was the worst story you have ever read.
The worst story I’ve ever read… I shall disregard all the troll posts as those are meant to be bad. If I actually look at published works, there is this one story that I read that I just hated reading to the end. There were so many plot holes and inconsistencies! Character motivation was all over the place and the ending felt rushed and sloppy. As if the author had looked at the number of pages left, went “fuck”, and just decided to wrap things up despite not being actually done. How it all came to a conclusion conflicted with earlier established arcs.
I seriously went back to check if I had somehow skipped a page–or chapter. When I was done, I was upset and disappointed.
What does your writing process look like and what goes into your physical and mental preparations when you are developing a concept for a book?
It is either a retelling of a dream/nightmare and I simply write it out after playing it back in my head several times. I think of a way to start (might alter later in edits though) and how it would end, though I allow a story to surprise me too if there was no given ending in the dream/nightmare (or I want/need to change it).
For longer works, I might make a rough outline of the things I know already. For my current dark fantasy wip, I spent a few months writing a lore guide to help me figure out all the rules of the world and help strengthen character motivations.
During writing, some stuff might come up and I’ll spend a good time researching–sometimes even minor details that go into 1 sentence that a reader might not even notice. (For example, how long would an elevator do to go from floor to floor and does this dialogue I wrote fit in that timeslot?)
What was the worst mistake you made in your journey and how will aspiring writers prevent the same from happening to them?
… I am unsure if I made any actual mistakes ^_^;; you write, you learn, you improve ♡
What I *can* say is this: back-up, back-up, BACK-UP!
I once lost 15 chapters because of a failed save and no recent back-up (T_T) I rage-quitted writing for like a year 😡
What do you look for most in a plot and how do you achieve the results you want? What do you consider the most important part of a story?
Honestly, I’ve never thought about that aspect, not consciously at least.
I suppose I don’t want it to be predictable. I want to surprise readers. I try to think what it is they expect, and then do something else ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Are you happy about where you are as a writer? Do you sometimes want more attention or less?
I consider myself “on the rise” at the moment, with MY LORD getting published and having recently become a wattpad star, ♡ I want to see where this will take me, but I definitely hope I will grow more and have more people read my stuff. I hope that my books will be in stores and people will know my name ♡ and that they will love my stories (｡^‿^｡)
~I’d be up for more (positive) attention. I love interacting with my readers ♡
Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
I like to think my success so far is just hard work combined with luck (for example, I only got on wattpad because a friend recommended it to me). Gender, ethnicity or race don’t affect writing skill and should therefore not affect succes–but, sadly, there is still a lot of sexism and racism in the (traditional) publishing world 🙁
I signed with publisher who represents queer writers, so I suppose me being queer helped there. I don’t know if my ethnicity or race did anything for me, positive or negative. I know on wattpad a lot of readers have mistaken me for being Fillipino.
My name apparently sounds Fillipino!? But my parents made it up. And while my great great grandmother was Indonesian, I’m very much white (like, glow-in-the-dark white ^_^;; ). Yet I have not always posted my face, so it could very well be because people thought I was not white based on how my name sounds? I honestly don’t know. (And I also don’t know if people think that would be in my favour or not.)
It helps that I’m very interactive and try to read and reply to every comment ♡ I have also thanked about every single follower (and I got over 8k!)
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