Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Caitlyn Mancini!
Caitlyn Mancini was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a sub-concentration in creative writing. Caitlyn started her writing journey at the age of 7, coming up with fantastical stories and characters, including a children’s series at the age of 12 inspired by her sister Laurynn. Caitlyn’s hobbies include writing, drawing, making board games, and Taekwondo among other dabbles. She has a love for anything supernatural including sci-fi/fantasy. Caitlyn works as a stenographer in Michigan.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. I’ve been writing since I was 7 years old and still have stories from that age and more.
Why did you choose to write your genre?
Sci-fi and fantasy are the two genres that I find most fun to write although I’ve dabbled in others.
Currently, what are you working on?
I’m currently working on Book 3 of The SKIE Series.
Let’s talk about your latest book for a moment. What motivated the plot?
When I first got my current book series idea it was in 10th grade. I wrote an entire novel. It transformed over the years through creative writing classes until I realized I couldn’t put it as a short story or one book it was meant to be a series. From there the characters I have today spawned. I wrote its current version over the last year I worked as a paralegal in a law firm before transitioning to stenography.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?
The strangest topic I’ve written is probably in creative writing class when they forced us to write out of our comfort zones and I wrote a realistic drama. I love writing worlds that are not realistic. 🙂
What was the hardest story for you to write?
The hardest things for me to write are horrific tragedies or things based solely in reality or this time that have a lot of angst and drama.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?
Yes. Selie my main character reflects aspects of me as well as Heero and Rose.
Who has been your favorite character? Why?
Selie is my favorite character because she’s how I imagine I could be if I was allowed to change myself. Someone who’s braver and stronger but just as compassionate.
What process do you use to plan your novels?
First I write out a series outline so generally where I want it to go from book 1 to the end. Then I map out how I want the first book to go so I have a general outline for that. Because the story always changes as you write I don’t start the outline for the next book until the one before it is complete so I know what’s going to flow into the next one and so on. Then as I’m writing the current book before I write each chapter I give myself an outline of what I want to happen and try to do so for each chapter so I don’t lose my way. Sometimes scenes that come later enter my head so I have an area for just scenes I may or may not use.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Yes, absolutely! It’s so hard to overcome and I’ve learned if your brain is too tired or you’re too distracted you can’t force it. I work a full time job and can’t always set aside time for writing but that’s also why I love my outlines so even if I’m having trouble with a scene I know where the story is going and I’ll get through it slowly but surely. Some chapters are easier to write than others but it’s okay. It also helps to have a change or scenery.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?
Honestly, I don’t think I’d choose another genre but I will say I enjoy fantasy and horror so it might be fun to try those.
Which authors inspire you?
JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyers were two authors I loved growing up so I feel they inspired me as well as SD Perry who wrote the Resident Evil series. She was a fantastic writer! It was and still is one of my favorite series!
What novel would you read multiple times?
I read the Harry Potter series more than once and Resident Evil but to be honest I loved writing more than reading so I spent most of my time making up my own stories.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one I try to live by.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
If I could meet anyone in the world it would be one of my own characters. I’d love to meet Dr. Vayle and see SKIE. That’s why it’s so fun for me to write because it excites me and I wish I could really bring my world to life.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
My favorite animal is Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.
What is your favorite color?
I have several favorite colors but dark purple is one of my favorites.
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Thank you for hanging out with me today. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.
Join me next week when author Megan Cutler will be stopping by!