First and foremost I am veryyyy happy to have Sheenah, who is a super awesome friend and author here on FireStarBooks today. I had a blast!
Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?
J.K. Rowling~! I just want to visit Hogwarts forever. I seriously doubt my writing style is similar to hers, but if anyone ever compared my work to hers, I would die happy and demand that quote be engraved on my tombstone.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
I think I give too much thought into the meaning of names. I’m constantly pouring through name meaning websites and books and trying to figure out if it’s a good match or not. And then there are the rare occasions where I just pick a random and just go with it.
How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)?
I think I tackle writing a book like animators tackle making a movie. Or at least, that’s how it feels sometimes. I have my outline and then I start drafting. Sometime during the draft phase, I make storyboards of scenes complete with sketches. To see how my characters look and the blocking involved visually helps me make a scene richer (or at least I hope it does).
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on the last book in my trilogy. I usually work on one novel project at a time, however, an opportunity came along where I’m also working on an Alice in Wonderlandproject with one of my author buddies. So balancing the two projects has been interesting, to say the least.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I think it was just a natural evolution of my love of reading. I just started writing something one day with really no reason behind it, but just because I wanted to.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s a scene I wrote for the Alice in Wonderlandproject. As a little preface about it, something drastic happened (as they always do) and Alice (her actual name is Arisa) has just discovered that her best friend and crush is on the verge of death after he saved her. And Dinah is the equivalent of the Cheshire cat:
“Cheng?” she whispered.
He slowly opened one eye and tried to move. An agonized groan passed his lips.
“Don’t move yet,” Alice said. “Help is coming.”
“Arisa,” he whispered as he focused on her face.
She traced her finger along his palm, careful not to touch the sides of his hand. “Don’t talk,” Alice said. “Dinah, go tell them!”
The cat nodded and disappeared.
“I’m so sorry, Cheng.”
He coughed. “Everything hurts. Where . . . where’s my father?”
“I’m sure he’s—” She turned toward the bait shop, but it was gone. There was nothing but broken glass and splinters where the building once stood. Her bottom lip quivered.
“He’s what?” Cheng attempted to look up but sucked in a sharp intake of air and let his head fall back.
“Don’t! You have to save your energy. As soon as they come for you, I’ll look for him,” she promised. Tears began rolling down her cheeks.
“Stop that,” Cheng said. He coughed. “Never let the bullies see you cry.” He forced himself to reach up to brush away a tear.
In that moment, Alice was able to see just how bad his condition was. His entire back side was scorched, black, and peeling. Blood seeped from the fissures in his skin. Alice felt her soul twisting inside her body. She knew she needed to be strong for his sake, but the tears kept coming. He had always been the one who knew how to comfort her when she had been hurt by the snide remarks of others who never understood her imagination. Young and old alike just couldn’t believe that there was a world where buildings touched the sky and nobody could talk to plants; whether or not he believed her, she didn’t know nor would she ever know. Even though he had received a bloody nose on more than occasion, he had never allowed anyone to label her as crazy.
“Arisa, come closer,” Cheng wheezed. “I . . . I have something . . . to tell you.”
She wiped away her tears and knelt closer to his face. His voice was getting weaker, but she could do nothing except stay by his side. She placed her palm against his.
“You have to . . . find that place you’re always . . . talking about.”
“I’m staying right here with you—always.”
“I’ve always wanted—” Cheng winced “—to go there with you.”
“We still can! Just hold on!”
“Come closer. Please.”
She knelt down until their noses touched. He leaned up ever so slightly and kissed her. Her eyes grew wide, but she didn’t dare pull away. His lips were cool, but comforting; they felt natural against hers. She leaned into him, allowing him to rest his head back down. After a moment, she pulled away a fraction.
Cheng gave a small grin. “I’ve always wanted to do that my ‘Noble Sand.’ We’ll see each other . . . in the next life. Or maybe that world of yours.”
She shook her head. “You can’t leave me!”
He gave another shallow breath. “I love . . . you . . . Ali—”
His hand dropped away from hers as his eyes became vacant.
“Cheng?” Alice yelled. “Cheng!” She placed her ear near his mouth but couldn’t hear him breathe. “Cheng!” She grabbed his shoulder and shook him. “CHENG!”
She felt fur touch her cheek.
“Alice,” Dinah said gently, “he’s gone.”
She stopped and looked down at the body. “He can’t be gone! He said . . . He said he loved me,” she whimpered.
“He’s always loved you.”
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Starting it. I thought that writing a first book was hard until I tackled the sequel and then learned that sequels are harder than the first one. There was a lot of decision making. How should I start it? How much should I recap? Does any of the ideas that I have right now even make sense with the first book?!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just adore my readers. Like seriously, they’re just the greatest thing ever. I hope that I’ve entertained them and I hope that they’ll continue to read the stories I’ve written for them.
Who is your OTP (from any fandom)?
One OTP that I have that is canon: Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon
One OTP that is NOT canon: Meiling and Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura
I have many, many OTPs. :3
Favourite TV show right now?
Once Upon A Time. 😀
3. Who is Kuroko Tetsuya?
4. Favourite character from KnB?
5. When was Kuroko born?
6. At what episode (include exact time) did Kuroko first appeared on KnB? Note: I, Ashley, was being a troll ;P
One thing that you can’t live without?
Anime! I need it in my life!
If the cosplay god can grant you a wish, what will that one wish be? 😛
Wigs. I know nothing about wigs, so I’ve never worn them. I need the cosplay god to like give me an assortment of fantastic wigs with care instructions.
Please. We’ll have a party at my house and invite Lynn. 😀
Thank you Sheenah for answering all the questions, even if some were very stupid xD!
About the Author
A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of the innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures, and character studies. When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.