Monica Leonelle Interview

We’re doing something a little different today on this little blog of mine & I’m pretty excited about it. Monica Leonelle is an author who is promoting her new noval, Socialpunk, & was kind enough to answer a few questions from me about her writing.

I’ve secretly always wanted to be a writer because I love it. Except I’m talking about term papers. Which no one wants to read. So I’m fascinated by people who are creative enough to sit down & weave stories.

The good thing is that if you’re like me & have fantasies of writing but no talent idea where to start,  Monica also has a writer’s toolkit that you can sign up for to help you out!

Where did the inspiration for Socialpunk come from?
Socialpunk is inspired by Chicago winters, technology and digital media, and the Terminator series.
 In general, how do you translate inspiration into a story? 
I think this must happen subconsciously, because I don’t remember having an actual process for it. Your mind makes connections on its own time. Is there a way to speed that up? I have no idea. At times, I feel like books spring full formed from my head, because I never know how to answer questions like these.
 There are a lot of people who love to write but how do you take that next step to market and publish your work?
Assuming you’re done with your writing project (which is a HUGE assumption—my guess is that 99% of people who say they “love to write” have not finished anything yet), the next step is to share that writing with one single person you trust. Then revisions, then another. You can’t publish without getting feedback, so you need to practice doing that for awhile. Eventually, you’ll polish your project and get enough courage to publish. Once you’re at the “publish” stage (really at it), Google will tell you everything you need to know. When you are confident about writing, you will seek out the technical details. If you are not able to piece together the publishing puzzle using Google, you are probably suffering from a lack of confidence or motivation, not a lack of ability.
What motivated you to start writing?

I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn’t clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.

 What are your future plans with Socialpunk and with your writing?
Socialpunk has two more books, Silver Smoke (my other YA series) has six more books, and I’m starting another series in a serialized fiction format. I expect to be writing for a long time. I’d love to make a full-time income from my fiction, but I’m not there yet.
What is one book every person should read, in your opinion?
When I was a kid I loved this book called The Girl With the Silver Eyes. Here is the exact cover of the book I had. It’s one of my absolute favorite YA novels, and, surprise! Maggie Stiefvater loves that book too. This was the first novel that made me want to write fantasy and science fiction.
Make sure to check out all of Monica’s work & her author toolkit! And thank you Monica for taking the time to answer this blogger’s questions! 

{all images from Monica Leonelle}


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One Response to Monica Leonelle Interview

  1. dcshopgirl says:

    Great interview!

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