Five Questions with Bailey Ardisone
1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?
Bailey: I love books that really draw you into that world and makes you forget about everything else. You want to fall in love with all the characters, even the secondary ones. The ending is very important, you have to make sure you fit everything together, tie up all the loose ends and of course, I love happy endings!
Ardisone: Unexpected love and intrigue. I really enjoy reading about a girl who isn't expecting a guy to be interested in her but then she finds out later that he is. Love it!
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?
Bailey: I have always loved fantasy. When I knew I wanted to write a book, I definitely wanted my first one to be fantasy.
Ardisone: I consciously chose to write Young Adult Fantasy because I think mentally I prefer to think young and immature LOL Who wants to grow up??
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?
Bailey: If he were alive today, I would have to say J.R.R. Tolkien. I would love to hear his thoughts about creating middle earth. He didn’t just write a book, he created a whole world. He created past and future stories, the history of middle earth. I would love to talk to him about his inspiration behind his ideas.
Ardisone: Rachel Higginson, because she is my hero. She seems like such an awesome person to get to know and have as a friend. Also, Jane Austen because I just love all her books!
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?
Bailey: Watching movies, listening to music, and I am always day-dreaming.
Ardisone: Sleeping. Or watching Lord of The Rings. Or drawing =)
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?
Bailey: After my sister and I completely finished writing, we read it over and both discussed what needed to be fixed. Once we were done and decided we were happy with it, we self published and haven’t looked back!
Ardisone: I just knew. It was time. We started writing Sweet Oblivion in November, 2011 and then took a long break because life got in the way. Finally, when fall 2012 came I knew it had been long enough and it was time to step it up into high gear and get it published. We worked non-stop to get it done and finally published on December 30th, 2012; over a year later from when we started.