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My name is
Grace, lover of books, keeper of secrets, editor and cookie connoisseur.
Being the youngest of four children has given me insight and passion for the people
and activities which form the pattern of my day-to-day life. Dancing has given
me a physical escape while writing allows me to put that passion into words.
Being homeschooled, I've had the opportunity to step into a magical wardrobe
before breakfast, go on covert missions in Wal-Mart, and chasse' to the
Nutcracker. So allow me to share with you the stories and novels which color my
dreams, quotes that ricochet in my mind, and characters that I hope you will
love just as much as I do.
What five words describe
Resourceful. Happy. Strange. Fairy tales. Color. Granted,
these are the things that I either am or affect me the most.
What are you working on at
the minute? What is it about?
I am working on a fantasy piece right now that I'm truly
excited about. It a bit of a mishmash between Cinderella, Ivanhoe, and Robin
Hood. The initial goal was to tell the Cinderella story from the prince's point
of view, and that's still very much the thought that's moving the story
forward. But the story took a different turn very early on. The prince in the
story, Sebastian, is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but is banished
nonetheless. (That's where the Ivanhoe bit comes in.) He's taken in by a family
of... I guess they're nomads. But then Sebastian gets wind that the person who
framed him is going to strike again. To prevent the crime from happening,
Sebastian and the family he's become close to must infiltrate Sebastian's old
home, clear his name, and save someone's life.
Which actor/actress would
you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
My most recent story was Colony Zero -Series II- New
Earth. I'm think it's available on Amazon now. Anyway, I think a good person
for Lt. Lisa Clarke is Katheryn Winnick from The History Channel's Vikings.
Karen Gillan might make a good Sarah West, since she's got the red hair.
Althana would be hard for me to choose for. She has distinct Amazonian features
and is described as having these dark, hypnotic eyes that you could just get
lost in. I'll leave the other writers of Colony Zero to figure that one out.
If you could have been the
original author of any book, what would it
have been and why?
Difficult, very difficult. Can I redirect that a bit? How
about story concept? I would have loved to come up with ABC's Once Upon a Time,
at least in book form. I would have tied things together differently, but
I love the characters, especially Ruby and Captain Hook. If I could do it without
getting sued, I would totally continue the series from season one in my own
What is the hardest thing
Probably knowing where you want the story to go but not
knowing how to get there.
Any tips on how to get
through the dreaded writer’s block?
I know this has been said by a thousand other authors a
thousand different times, but for my last story, outlining really, really
helped me. And I hate outlining. I prefer to have the story in my head and then
just fly by the seat of my pants, but in this case I had to know exactly where
I was going and the significance of everything, so I just hashed out a
three-page outline of everything that was going to happen and used it as a map
while I was writing. A lot of the sentences I wrote in the outline actually
made it into the story itself. So outlining is one way, if you want to try that
kind of thing. I've also tried the "quilting method," where you write
out different sequences on a bunch of pages, cut the out, and then arrange them
into the order you want them. For things like college essays, I've found that
just sitting down, taking a breath, and doing it at a natural speed is helpful.
Don't psyche yourself out. Pay close attention to the guidelines and format
because those points do matter. When I'm having a really hard time, I reward
myself with 10 minutes on YouTube for every 5 minutes I spend writing
consistently. Not the best method, but it's the college way. Oh, and when you
feel like launching your computer at the wall, either go for a walk, bake
something, or read something totally unrelated to your topic, like a blog or a
book. Sometimes you need to let air out of the vents.
Where would your dream
location be for writing?
Scotland, England, Ireland, and/or New Zealand. I did say
I liked color.
When creating characters,
are they based on people in your life?
When creating a character, I can never take a person from
real life and decide that they will be the main character in my story, juts
with a different name. It doesn't work like that. I can, however, look at a
person and think, "I like the way they communicate or the way they think
things through." Parts of people's characteristics and personality will go
into a character I'm creating, but never the whole real person. I'm always afraid
they either wouldn't fit into the story because they're from "my
time," would make the other characters seem unrealistic, or be unrealistic
Do you read your reviews?
Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with
From the few reviews I've gotten, I haven't physically
responded. It would be a nice habit to respond though, just to say thank you,
even if the review was bad, because that would mean someone took the time to
read it and took note of what was good or bad, what they liked, didn't like, or
would have changed. If someone comments on a post in my blog, I'm absolutely
ecstatic. I will respond then, just because a blog feels a lot more immediate
and like a conversation than a review on Amazon. I think every writer has had
at least two bad reviews, even if they were only oral reviews. I remember the
first time my writing group critiqued my first short story, I was devastated.
In hindsight, that was stupid, but still, I was, like, fifteen. They gave me
great constructive criticism which I at first took as an insult. I thought they
weren't "getting" my story. But when I looked at it later and started
applying some of the feedback, I realized how much I had missed in my
writing that others had seen. Long story short, when you get bad feedback/bad
reviews, try and see it through their eyes. If it is something that can be
fixed or looked at closer -like a stereotypical character or a slight against
the plot- imagine a way that particular thing could have been done better. If
it's something like, "I like this but this didn't really work for
me," or "The perspective shifted too often," then those I
consider critiques. The best thing about critiques is that they are a buffet of
opinions: take what you want, leave what you don't. I hope whenever I get a bad
review, I'll respond with a little more finesse than I did the first time.
If you couldn't be a
writer, what would you be?
Funny you should ask that. I was thinking about this
today. If I wasn't a writer, I would probably be an editor or a professional
What would you tell your
younger self that would have helped you in
your writing career?
Don't scoff at social media,
even if it makes you look like that one chick from that TV show about social
Where can we buy your
I know they're on Amazon.com and I believe some of them
are available for B&N Nook. The majority of my stories are ebooks, but I
will be ordering paperbacks from Helping Hands Press, so I'll be able to
distribute those as well. Yay!
can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......
blog is Lost in the
Pages by Grace Yee but if you google "Lost in the Pages," it
won't come up. It's easier just to type www.graceyee.blogspot.com
into the search engine. You can also find me on Pinterest under Gracie Yee,
which is where I usually go for a lot of inspiration, and Twitter