The Mighty Pens just keeps on getting mightier! Our most recent Silver Pen achievement goes to Kassandra Steinbeck, from Nuremberg, Germany. (We are seriously ALL OVER the world guys. So cool.) Kassandra has reached over 15k words on her NaNoWriMo project, so head to Twitter, Instagram, her NaNo profile, Malala Fund page, or her website to learn more about her and give her a well-deserved high five.
Read on below to find out what inspired Kassandra to join and what she’s got going on with her adventure of a NaNoWriMo project. (Judging by her gifs, it has been a grand adventure.)
What is your favorite book and/or author, and what draws you to them?
I would never be able to pick just one. There are so many talented authors that inspire me every day. Some of the ones I absolutely love are Laini Taylor, Elizabeth May, J.K. Rowling, Kimberly Derting, Pepper Winters, Kendare Blake, Lemony Snicket and Veronica Roth.
Is this your first book? If not, what was the first book you ever finished writing? Tell us a little about it.
I started writing a few novels but never actually finished one. I was able to finish a few short stories and a short film screenplay for my writing course at university but I never thought I would be able to get a whole novel done. It’s a huge task and as a perfectionist I always want to get everything right from the beginning – which of course is IMPOSSIBLE. Okay, at least for me it is. Maybe other people are talented or lucky enough to do that but I’m not one of them. But this time I don’t want that perfectionism to get in the way of turning my dreams into reality.
What’s the working title of your NaNoWriMo17 project?
The working title of my project is Maze of Darkness.
Share your favorite line/short paragraph from your book so far.
I wish I could but holy cow do my first drafts suck. They are not at all like the ones from the other incredibly talented Mighty Pens. But this is what I have to do to keep the perfectionist off my back. Write a horrible first draft with a lot of jumbled thoughts and then when it comes to editing the real fun begins and I try to make sense of everything 🙂
(Kat: I VERY MUCH doubt your first draft is as bad as you think. But also, that’s totally fair. It’s terrifying to share my first drafts, too! I used to be so superstitious about everything.)
How did you hear about the Mighty Pens?
Sooz announced it on Twitter.
What inspired you to join the Mighty Pens?
After doing CampNaNo this year and reaching my goal I wanted to try NaNoWriMo again. I knew it would be difficult going into this alone but then I saw Sooz’ post and I just had to join. It’s for a great cause and I’m able to meet other writers (although I suck at making friends online xD) and writing together really helps me.
WELL WE CAN BE FRIENDS NOW! So, so glad to have you as part of the team Kassandra, and keep destroying those goals, one word at a time. 😀