1. What do you study/what is your job?
I am a full-time online student through SNHU. My major is Psychology, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, and my minors are Criminal Justice and English Language and Literature. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be done with my B.A. in December of this year. I have a couple unpaid jobs at the moment… I am a C.O.O. at Coffee House Writers, as well as the Advertising Supervisor, an Editor, and a Writer. I also just accepted a position as an Indie Staff Reviewer for YA Book Central.
2. What is your favorite social media channel?
3. If you had another channel, what would it be about?
I do have another channel! I made another blog called The Fabled Quill. It’s about writing, but I don’t have much up yet. What I want to make is either a booktube channel or podcast to accompany Functionally Fictional.
4. Do you play an instrument?
I can rock the crap out of a triangle! Hahaha
For real, though, I used to play percussion in middle school band. I also used to be able to play piano, but my fingers don’t cooperate enough for that anymore. Darn motor skills!
5. What hobbies do you have other than reading?
I love to paint, draw, create spreads in my bullet journal, and listen to music all day every day. During the summer, going to concerts is my thing. I also love binge-watching shows and movies I’ve seen a million times already.
6. Favorite TV shows?
No longer airing: Boy Meets World, Reign, Psych, Chuck, Friends, Parks and Recreation
Still airing: Doctor Who, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grey’s Anatomy, Superstore, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, American Housewife, Single Parents
7. What got you into reading?
I have always loved books. When I was really young, my dad worked in a book publishing factory warehouse thing (not entirely sure what to call it, but it’s where they printed them), and he often got to bring home free books. I remember loving them even before I could read. I would just flip through, pretending I knew what I was doing. I especially loved the really old looking ones that made me feel like I was reading something from like the medieval times (in reality, they were maybe 50 years old, but to a four year old that’s a really long time!).
I have a lot of memories of reading with my parents when I was little. Everything from Goodnight Moon to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to Green Eggs and Ham. And boy did I love me some Dr. Seuss! I also had a couple books full of fairy tales that I loved. When I got to elementary school, I read The Babysitter’s Club: Little Sister series, which was geared toward younger kids. I was also obsessed with The Gypsy Princess by Phoebe Gilman, then The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine.
Then I got into Harry Potter, which basically consumed me for the next decade. In middle school, I loved The Kiesha’ra series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and then it was The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray, and, of course, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in high school.
As an adult, it was The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare that truly made me love reading. Then, at the end of 2017, I read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, and it sparked the reading obsession. Since then, I’ve read more books than I had my entire life before (I’m pretty sure). It’s been nonstop since. Before that, 20-25 books a year was a lot for me. I’ve already read that much this year.
8. What are your favorite and least favorite genres?
My favorite is YA fantasy, but I’ll pretty much read anything YA. My least favorite is nonfiction. I have yet to finish a nonfiction book…
9. What books define your childhood?
Harry Potter, of course. I literally grew up with it. I think I’ve told the story before, but the books started publishing when I was seven, and my sister and I got the first two. I didn’t read them, though. I started the first one and thought it was boring. When the movies started coming out, I saw the first two in theaters with a friend, then I had to know what happened next. So, with the rationale of a 10 year old, I started with book three. To this day, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban remains my favorite because it’s what got me into the books.
The Two Princesses of Bamarre was also a huge one. It was my favorite book for a long time. I loved it so much that I had a copy at both parents’ houses. I read it so many times, I knew it by heart. It’s been over 10 years since the last time I read it, but I was looking through it a couple months ago and realized that it’s so similar to what I still read now, as well as what I write. Although, it’s the children’s version. There are two princesses (obviously), one of which goes off on an adventure to find a cure for the disease plaguing her kingdom, which her sister ended up with. There is magic, faeries, even a warlock named Rhys! I knew there was a reason I was initially drawn to the High Lord of the Night Court, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I really want to re-read it now as an adult, but I’m worried about it holding up to my good memories.
10. Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I am freakishly good at remembering numbers and codes. Debit card numbers, factory-setting Wi-Fi passwords, phone numbers, birthdays… It’s just something I’ve always been able to do. If you tell me your birthday, I will remember it forever. I remember friend’s birthdays from elementary school.
Also, I can say the alphabet backwards in English in like three seconds, and in French in like five seconds. I can also list all 50 states in alphabetical order, as well as point them out on a map. I used to be able to point out all the countries in Europe, South America, and Africa, too. I’m just really good at memorizing things.
Well, that’s me! Do we have anything in common? Let me know below