This Saturday, we spoke to Canadian author UnbrokenLolita. She explores the complexity of relationships in her romances, from the imperfections of marriage to the intersection of rebellion and innocence. She chatted to us about finding creative inspiration, and the role Inkitt has played in her literary journey.
Hello UnbrokenLolita! We’d love to know what inspired you to write your current book ?
My current story, Bad Things, was an idea I thought of after watching Finding Carter’s final season. I thought Carter’s relationship with the character who inspired Cameron (my character) was too brief, and I enjoyed their unique storyline. So, I decided to write a story that explores what would have happened if their relationship had gone further.
That’s so interesting! It’s great to take inspiration from different media; TV and literary fiction are an exciting crossover. What is it that attracts you to your chosen genre?
I really enjoy the genres of Romance and Drama. I have always been intrigued by storylines that leave characters with big decisions, or ones that put them in a rough position. I enjoy writing plots that leave my readers wondering what the characters are going to do next. I watched a lot of soap operas growing up and still do, which has definitely impacted my interest in these genres.
So in terms of that unpredictability, do you prefer creating heroes or villains?
Villains are my favourite. Heroes often come off as annoying or dramatic. What I enjoy most is creating a villain who has a major character development throughout the story.
Yes, sometimes the villain’s character arc is the most compelling to follow! Following on from this, what is more important to you, characterisation or plot?
I think it’s important to have a good amount of both. In order to write a good plot, the reader needs to understand your characters.
Now, we’d love to hear about your relationship with Inkitt—has Inkitt inspired you, and if so, how?
Absolutely! Earlier this month, I received an Inkitt Icons gift of a paperback copy of my own story. I had been having a rough month with someone harassing me because of my storylines, and when I received the copy of my story it inspired me to continue writing because it’s what I love to do. No one should push you away from doing what you love.
We are overjoyed to hear that – it’s a privilege to enable our authors to do what they love. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Ideally, I would love to be a published author. I’m aware that it isn’t a simple task, but I’m more than willing to do what it takes to get there. Obviously, if that isn’t what the future has in store, then I fully intend to continue writing as my passion and see where it takes me.
What a great attitude, we admire your determination. And to finish, what genres would you like to try out in future?
I think the supernatural genre would be fun to try. Vampires were a big thing a few years back and now that they’ve died down somewhat, it would be fun to try writing a vampire story without being told that I’m just following the current fad.
Well, we can’t resist a bit of vampirish drama and we look forward to reading your creation! Thank you so much for talking to us.