So this week I had the pleasure of interviewing a first-time author and ask her a few questions about her and her writing.
Her name is Charm Anderson, and she wrote a book called Exploit Me. I hope you enjoy her answers, and you can check out her book here.
If you guys have any other authors you’d like to see me interview in the future, please let me know in the comments. This was a lot of fun and I’d love to do it again some time.
What is your book called, and what is it about?
My first novel ever is called Exploit Me. This novel, that is actually ongoing on Wattpad at the moment, is about a girl trying to overcome a traumatism and live after being sexually assaulted.
She struggles and feels lost about who she is. Though, what’s nice about this book is that it’s not your typical story where she’ll meet someone, fall in love and feel better. There’s drama, romance, humor… In other words, it’s a story about each one of us.
Why did you decide to write a book?
Ever since I was young, everyone used to tell me that I have a unique imagination. Teachers would always compliment my work and would tell me that I was talented, but I was way too insecure to write anything. To be honest, I started writing books way before Exploit Me… I wrote 3 of them but never got the chance to finish them because I deleted them; my insecurities got in the way.
Recently, I went through something that made me change the way I perceive every single thing; I didn’t want to reach a point where I’ll regret not trying to achieving my dream of becoming a writer. I want to share this story to show people that they’re not alone, that every single one of us struggles with something and that it’s okay to not be okay.
What is it about writing that you enjoy/hate the most?
I’m going to start with the things I hate about writing. There are not that many things that I hate about it just the fact that I have to edit everything on my own. Also, whenever I’m editing a chapter or re-reading it, I get this feeling of wanting to add more, change some stuff or delete everything.
Writing is basically one of the things I really enjoy doing. The fact that every single scenario you think about can be put into words is just amazing. It’s a form of creation, it makes me feel like I actually did something even though my book is not published yet.
Do you enjoy reading? What book are you reading right now?
I started reading books ever since I learned how to read. There’s not a single period in my life when I wasn’t holding a book in my hands. Writing and reading are two things I can’t live without. I’m currently reading a French book for the third time, which is actually a play called “Huis Clos” by Jean-Paul Sartre which means No Exit or Closed Doors as some like to call it. It’s a spectacular play and i recommend everyone to read it! It’s actually quite popular for this saying: “Hell is Others.”
What is the one book you’d take with you in an apocalypse?
That’s a really tough question. I seriously can’t choose a favorite because every single book has a certain story… Maybe mine?
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’d definitely go to Japan. It’s been a dream of mine to go there. I really like the contrast between the city and the village. It’s so fascinating and I find myself “craving” to see the cherry blossoms! (my note: ME TOO!!! I WANT TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS SO BAD THEY’RE SO PRETTY)
What is one item on your bucket list you wish you could cross off tomorrow?
Visit every single museum in the world. I have an obsession with museums, it’s crazy.
If you could meet any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Meet every single person in the Writing Community! Their support is just amazing! I really want to meet each one of them and give them a big hug to show them how much I appreciate everything they’ve helped me with.
Who inspires you the most? and why?
Definitely my parents! I can’t think of anyone else when I hear the word “inspiration” or “idol”. They literally started from scratch and evolved in a way that makes me want to be like them. Even though they don’t always support me because they want what’s best for me, I appreciate everything they do. I hope that I’ll be able to make them proud someday.
Thank you so much to Charm! This was an absolutely incredible opportunity and a lot of fun. I hope you guys enjoyed Charm’s answers, and I know she’d love for you to check out her book.