Why did you pursue writing?
There is a “voice” infinitely circulating inside my being. Primarily, I write to allow said voice to air itself via narratives that are identifiable and resonate a contemporary language to the YA reader.
What inspired your book?
Lois Mc Allister is based off of my character. Lois typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a teen. All YA writers have a childlike inner voice that shines through their main characters. Lois personifies a brilliant, budding writer who acknowledges her eccentricities and her burgeoning, literary talents.
How long have you been publishing your work?
Essentially, I have been publishing my work since 2006. I write in multiple genres: poetry, fiction, YA, critical reviews (music/film/literary), playwriting, scriptwriting, and songwriting. It is my belief that all writers should challenge themselves and veer out of their comfort zones by composing in diverse genres.
What’s your writing environment like?
My writing environment is my bedroom. I have a huge L- shaped desk where I work at throughout the evening. I have a 9-to-5 like most writers, so I work after I have taken a nap; and am able to focus on my projects with a clear mindset. Also, I am the type of writer that can write anywhere; as long the environment is fairly, quiet. Moreover, I always carry my journals with me everywhere and I transfer my writings to my laptop.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am wrapping up a YA narrative that centers on encouraging teens to want to study Jazz; and to learn about the exceptional artists that were the pioneers of this innovative art form. Additionally, I am working on a short film that captures how survivors of a cataclysmic event, must adapt to their circumstances by implementing Spartan-like modes of behaviors.
About The Author:
CS Reid holds a MFA in Writing & Critical Theory from Otis College of Art & Design and a M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Teaching/English from National University. Her work has appeared in diverse publications/anthologies—most notably are: Shadowtrain, Monkeybicycle, Blue Fifth Review, and Burner Magazine; chapbooks, Walking Near the Precipice (Lily Press 2007) and Intonations Heard in the Desert (Gold Wake Press 2008); YA book, Plucking Poetry from the Air (Paraguas Books, 2010).
Reid is a freelance writer, educator, and Jazz composer/musician in Los Angeles, CA.
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