Today, we have Kieryn Nicolas at The Bookish Babes. Kieryn is the author of Rain and Poison Ivy. Her latest book, Flawless Ruins, will release on June 15th. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Flawless Ruins, and loved it. Later this week, I’ll have a review of Flawless Ruins, along with a giveaway of the book. So, did I mention that in addition to being a terrific author, Kieryn is also a high school student? Well, she is, and has written a guest post about being a student and author. Enjoy!
High school is, to use a cliche, both a curse and a blessing when it comes to writing.
1.I spend nine hours a day, five days a week, in or en-route to and from school. That’s a lot of hours when it comes to having time to write. (Also, I’m pretty burnt out by the time I arrive home.)
2.Because school starts early, I have to wake up very early to get ready, which is a problem when I do my best writing late at night.
3.It is said that biologically high school is the time when humans need the most sleep, but get the least amount of it. This is true. Being tired is a nasty affliction concerning writing; sometimes I finish homework early, and instead of writing I fall asleep.
4.Once I’m done with those nine hours of school, I have homework. (Apparently nine hours isn’t enough.) No further explanation needed.
However, the blessing...
1.My genre of choice (YA) happens to focus a lot on high school and, having much experience with current high schools, I feel pretty qualified to use it as a setting.
2.I learn, see, and hear new things every day (in mass quantities). Anything I experience on a daily basis could turn into a story idea--a great environment for a writer.
3.My friends (most of whom I meet and interact with at school) are unique and awesome and perfect to draw from for characters.
4.It’s almost summer break, which means time to write!
Bio: The three activities that Kieryn would like to take up most of her time are writing, Taekwondo, and being with her friends. The three things that actually take up most of her time are school, homework, and the REM cycle. She enjoys swing dance, reading, traveling, writing, sorting through college brochures, and running (Team in Training).
In 2238, life in America is finally perfect. The Wars are over and the CommWall is in place, blocking communication with what remains of other continents. The women are content to have great education, choice careers, and glamorous hair. Best of all, when every girl turns seventeen she’s given her Like; an adorable, perfect spouse tailor-made just for her.
Everyone looks forward to the day she gets her Like, and Morgan Waters is no exception—until she accidentally stays out past curfew and stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man. Morgan’s perfect world crumbles down around her in the midst of a forbidden romance, forcing her to deal with the realization that her life may not be so flawless after all. ~From GoodRead
Published June 2011 by Echelon Press