20 Questions with Issabelle from Teen Writers’ Nook

Hello, my fellow writers and readers! Man, I really need a better name for you guys.

How about… my inspireaders? Like, inspiring and readers combined? Let me know what you think about that!!

Anyways, getting to the point of the post.

I asked the amazing Issabelle over at Teen Writers’ Nook twenty questions about her and her writing life. We’ve known each other for a while now and met through a site called Kingdom Pen. Check out her profile here!

Now, onto the questions!

1. What’s your favourite book/series?

Heheehe….I never get tired of this question no matter how many times I’m asked. So short answer *takes deep breath*: THE ASCENDANCE SERIES BY JENNIFER A. NIELSEN!!!!!!!!!!!

2. What’s your favourite genre to write in?

My favorite genre to write in is YA fantasy. I used to write more of YA/MG suspense, but I’ve recently found my love of fantasy, and I can’t imagine leaving that genre. 

3. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

Ooof. Hard question. I try not to be overly critical when reading stories, but I read this one book called Return to Isle of the Shallows by Debra A. White, and though it wasn’t entirely bad I just didn’t enjoy it like I had been hoping. 

4. What was the first story you ever wrote about?

Aaaah, we’re going back in time a bit. XD The very first story I wrote was called The Lost Hawaiian Princess. I was like eight and it was reallyyy bad. It was about some princess of Hawaii (younger me didn’t understand Hawaii was a state not a separate country XD) who had gotten lost in the U.S. and had to find her way back home. I think I only wrote like five pages in that story before giving up. πŸ˜‰

5. What book are you reading right now?

Currently I’m reading Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s AWESOME!!!!!!!

6. Who is your favourite of any fictional characters you’ve ever read about and why?

*takes another deep breath* SAGE FROM THE ASCENDANCE SERIES IS THE BEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER IN EXISTENCE!!!!!!! Why? Wow, we could be here all day. Well, he’s a unique character and clever and sassy and just all around cool. I also love how his character deepens through the series.

7. What’s the worst movie adaptation of a book you’ve ever seen?

Ugh. Disney +’s Stargirl was horrible.

8. What are your book(s) about?

Wow, we really could be here all day. XD So I’ll just talk about one of my main works: Into the Lamp. This story is a contemporary YA retelling of “Aladdin.” Basically, Colin Carlson finds a teenage girl genie and he uses his first wish to try to get this girl he’s had a crush on for years, Moriah King, attention. BUT there’s more going on behind the scenes, and now a war is brewing in the genie’s world (’cause genies have to have their own world, y’all) and Colin’s got four weeks to see his wish fulfill and try not to get too involved with the genies. (Don’t worry it’s MUCH cooler than how I made it sound. XD)

9. When did you start blogging?

 I started blogging at the end of July in 2020. Yes, I’m still fairly new to the blogosphere myself.

10. What made you decide to start blogging?

There’s three reasons why I started Teen Writers’ Nook. One, I knew I needed to build my “author platform” and all. Two, I wanted to hang with and get to know other writers. Three, I wanted to be able to encourage teen writers and be some positivity in this negative world. 

11. How do you think blogging has helped your own writing life?

 Blogging has helped my own writing life because I’ve noticed that I now stay more consistent with my stories. ‘Cause if I start a novel, I can’t just drop it now that I’ve told EVERYONE I’m writing it. 

12. What does a normal writing day look like for you?

Um…are we talking about those occasional days when I actually write or those frequent moments when I say I’m gonna write but end up doing something else. XD Well, normally, I try to start writing around fiveish in the afternoon, I’ll turn on some epic Christian music, maybe grab a glass of lemonade or sweet tea, and then I’ll just write until seven or eight. Sometimes I try to get up about two hours earlier than I normally do in the morning and write before school.

13. What motivates you to write?

God is the One who daily motivates me to keep writing. When I’m writing for Him, I find a reason to keep pressing through my hard writing days. Without His support, guidance, and encouragement, I wouldn’t be a writer today.

14. What’s your favourite type of character to write about and why?

Okay, most of y’all are really gonna be upset with me but my fav characters to write are the snarky, sassy dudes. I know, I know, I probably shouldn’t, but I kinda can’t help myself. Why? Well, they’re just soooooo much fun to write about. And Sage has probably mostly influenced that…*sheepish grin*

15. What’s your least favourite clichΓ©?

I honestly don’t have a least favorite cliche. The way I see it, if you do a great job writing your story, you have well-developed characters, strong plot, good worldbuilding, an easy to follow prose, I don’t care if it’s filled with cliches. That doesn’t matter. What matters is how the writer handles the cliches.

 16. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever written about?

Uhhhh….nothing????? Okay, I’m probably gonna have to go with my novel, Into the Lamp, because well, guys, it’s just soooooo much fun!!!!! Colin and Genie are just a blast to hang with and write about. And my world and plot!!! I just LOOOOVE soooo much about this story.

17. Do you feel like being a writer has changed you? If so, in what ways?

Yes, being a writer has changed me. Well, first off I’m now MUUUCH better at punctuation than I once was. XD Also, I find I have more empathy and compassion and love for other people. Writing and reading helps me to understand the problems people go through. 

18. How long do you think it will take you to finish your current novel?

So, guys, I write first drafts veryyy quickly. As long as I stay with it, I can have a first draft completed in a month sometimes. That’s just how I write. For my current WIP, Heir to His Crown, I’m hoping to have the first draft completed by the end of March.

19. Aside from writing, what other hobbies do you have?

Yeah, I have no life outside of writing, reading, and blogging. I occasionally like to draw and I’m really into graphic/web design, but that’s kinda it. (Does watching TV and fangirling over TFP and LOTRs count as hobbies? :D)

20. What external sources do you most draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration mostly from God, Christian music, people I meet, places I go, things I do, stories I read. Literally everything around me I’ve taken some inspiration from. 

*Kadotake-san returns* Thank you very much, Issabelle, for answering those questions! I really enjoyed asking them and I hope that my inspireaders (yes, I’m sneaking it in) enjoy your answers! Again, thank you for doing this post with me! For you readers, you can find and follow Issabelle on her blog here. You can also expect me to get into a rhythm of posting twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from here on out!

Ta-ta, my inspireaders!

~ Kadotake-san

Published by Kadotake-san

Kadotake-san. ENFP. Possibly a criminal genius. Currently writing an 8-book series.

8 thoughts on “20 Questions with Issabelle from Teen Writers’ Nook

  1. Aaahhh, girl, you’re SOOO welcome!!!!!!! I was really honored to be able to have an interview here!!!! I LOOOOVED it soooo much!!!!!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOUUUU for having me here!!!!!!!!! (Also, inspireaders is a GENIUS name idea!!! You should TOTALLY go for it!!!!!!!!!) Again, I was soooo happy to be able to do this!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! <3333

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  2. That was an AWESOME post!!!!!! And I love the name “inspireaders”!!!!! It’s so neat and creative!!!! πŸ™‚
    Issabelle asked me to check out your blog, and it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! <333

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