Author interview: Analise Paone and her "A Journey of Words" story

Today my daughter, aspiring 9-year-old author Analise Paone takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "The Other Side," appearing in the anthology A Journey of Words (which also includes my brand new short story, "The Whaler's Dues"):

Synopsis: A girl stumbles into an alternate scary world through a blue glow and meets all the classic monsters.

What inspired you to write this story: I love to watch scary movies like “Poltergeist” and read scary books like “Goosebumps.” I love scary stuff so I thought to myself, “yeah, I should try that.”

How long have you been writing: I came up with story ideas when I was 6 years old, but I didn’t have the time to write them. When I turned 7 years old, I started to write poems, and when I was 8 years old, I started writing short stories and stapling the pages together and showing them to my family.

What genre do you usually write in: horror, comedy, and non-fiction.

What are you working on right now: I’m working on my first comic book and trying to work on more non-fiction stories and poetry.

What advice would you give to new writers: Come up with an idea and write it on paper first with a pencil so you can erase your mistakes. If you don’t know how to end a story or get stuck on a part, ask someone to help you. Also, put a lot of details and make your story make sense.

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