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September 28, 2015

10 Questions with H. R. Lutz #MondayBlogs

by Heather Kirchhoff

What made you decide to start writing? Was this something you always thought you’d do?

I actually wrote my first mini series when I was just six years old. I brought it in to my first grade teacher, and she was literally blown away! My parents also always encouraged me to read and write, so they were honestly a huge influence. I began writing on a public website when I was fifteen back in 2009. It took a while, but I received a rather prodigious following and a lot of decent reviews on my stories. That really inspired me to write independently. I always knew I wanted to be an author, and now that I've made the first, small steps into the journey, I couldn't be any more happier!

How do you come up with your characters or story ideas? 

I come up with my story ideas from things based on life. Like Glow, my first story, which is about teen bullying and encouraging those who might be having issues to speak up, this was something that I was witnessing in real life. I was in high school, seeing and hearing things that just horrified me. I began writing Glow as a way to send a message to young adults who are struggling with this problem, or know somebody else who might be, to speak up and get help. You aren't alone. There are others like you. My characters are generally created from life as well. Sometimes, I take bits and pieces of personalities from people I know and incorporate them into each of my characters.

How do you get inspired to write? 

I am inspired by anything really. The shortest conversation with somebody could spark up the motivation to write. It comes so naturally to me that I don't really have to think too hard on it. My stories, before they begin, are basically outlined by chapter, so I know what I'm going to write and what I want to happen before I do it. It's more exciting for me that way and allows the story to have a smoother flow.

What do you do while having writers block? 

Writers block is just awful! Whenever I feel it, I take a break from the story, or stories, and take some time to myself. I try not to think about it and work on other hobbies instead, like painting, playing the piano, or even working on another story. It usually doesn't take too long for me to jump back in, though.

What kind of stories do you write? 

I generally write young adult fiction, however, I've been writing this one story that is strictly horror based and would not really recommend to anyone under eighteen. I have a fascination with the supernatural and dark fantasy, and that is basically where I'm at as of now. I love to fluctuate my writing, though, because it helps me to learn and grow as a writer.

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Who are your favorite authors? 

I am a strict fan of Edgar Allan Poe - his work is just so phenomenal. I like Emily Dickinson as well. She has a great way of making you think, and I absolutely love J.K. Rowling and S.E. Hinton. I'll always have a soft spot for Caroline Keene, too.

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing solely since I was six years old. I've only been published for almost a year now.

What are your other stories about?

On the side, I'm working on a book that is a combination of poems, fairy tales and short stories along with a horror based novel that will possibly be released this year!

What are you currently working on? 

I'm currently working on Book II of The Oracle Ages, which is a supernatural/dark fantasy about witches. It is the biggest piece of writing that I'm doing and I'm really proud of it!

What do you do when not writing?

When I'm not writing, I'm working, painting, singing or playing the piano. I make my own instrumental music, and have completed two albums already. I'm also an avid reader, so I'm always looking for a new book to indulge in.

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About the Author
H.R. Lutz's (Holly ReneĆ© Lutz), career as an author began while she was still a student in high school in New Jersey. Disturbed by the dispute between teen social labels and bullying, Lutz began writing Glow, an honest, almost shocking novel told from the point of view of a 15-year-old girl named Carla-Rose Carson. Her favorite subject in school was English/Literature, and she began writing short stories and poems when she was just 6-years-old. 

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