As you know, Sabrina Hua from Bard High School won the ANOTHER FAUST writing contest, and Felipe Camelo was selected as our Middle School winner. As promised, we have interviewed them for the blog, and here are their answers! You can read Sabrina’s winning entry in the previous post (and see her picture too!)…. and in just a few weeks, we will post the newly designed book cover of ANOTHER PAN, as well as the paperback cover for ANOTHER FAUST!
INTERVIEW WITH SABRINA AND FELIPE:
1 ) Tell us a bit about yourself, your favorite activities, and the things that are most important to you.
SABRINA: My name is Sabrina Hua, and I’m a junior at Bard High School Early College. I love to read, write, draw, and dream (via sleep). I’m addicted to manga, sweets, and green tea. I love school sans the homework. I don’t know where I would be without my family and friends; I owe them so many thanks that I’ll never be able to say them all.
FELIPE: I have a huge sense of humor (a little too much!) and I love to be around my friends. I like to read text books when I am bored and cannot go on the computer. School is one of the most important things for me since I LOVE learning
2 ) What are your aspirations, in writing and otherwise?
SABRINA: I would love to be a published author to share my ideas and work with a larger audience. Instead of preying on the heartstrings of young adults with crude romance, I want to write stories that aren’t painfully clichéd or shallow. My greatest aspiration as a writer is for my stories to be remembered. I also aspire to be the best daughter, friend, and student that I can be.
FELIPE: I desire to go to Harvard University and occasionally write stories
3 ) What do you like to write about? What inspires you to write?
SABRINA: I write whatever comes to me; if I don’t, I feel as if I’m suppressed by my unwritten words. If I have a vivid dream, I try to capture it in words, and so, my dreams usually become the basis for a plot. I also write fan fiction inspired by my favorite mangas, video games, and novels.
What really inspired me to write was good writing (or the lack thereof). I love to read and reading keeps my imagination running. I was a voracious reader when I was younger, and while some stories left me in awe, others left me thinking that I could do much better. I had always wanted to be a writer, but I had thought that such a goal was far-fetched. What gave me the push to follow my dreams was seeing novels that I found undeserving of praise dominating the market. Then reading amazing fan fiction written by talented amateur authors, I was inspired to give it a try.
FELIPE: I like to write stories that are exciting and sad sometimes. Authors that write great books such as Another Faust inspire me to write stories
4 ) What is your favorite work of fiction and why?
SABRINA: As of yet, my favorite novel is Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Whenever I read The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde’s smooth and detailed writing allows me to travel into a dark, yet beautiful world. With every wrong that Dorian commits, I question my own integrity. Yet, the best part about it is that even though I have read it many times, each read feels like the first.
FELIPE: My favorite work is The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins since it is very exciting, scary, and detailed.
5 ) Tell us something surprising about yourself.
SABRINA: Although I’m usually practical, I’m unreasonably superstitious. I go on a wood-knocking spree at least once every three days, grimace whenever I’m assigned the number four, and would much rather force myself to watch a boring television show meant for toddlers than a paranormal television program.
FELIPE: A big portion of what I eat is “junk food”
6 ) What’s your favorite midnight snack? Your favorite TV show? Your favorite song?
SABRINA: I love clementines. They just happen to taste better at midnight. Now that I understand the inappropriate jokes, my favorite TV show is Two and a Half Men. Favorite song: “Only This Moment”- Röyksopp
FELIPE: My favorite midnight snack is cereal and milk, favorite TV show is George Lopez, and favorite song is “Poker Face”
(Felipe, we join you in saluting cereal and milk as the best midnight snack ever. But props to Sabrina for being healthy!)
7 ) If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
SABRINA: I would want a necromancer’s powers. With it, I would summon the spirits of the people I miss and the spirits of authors or historic figures that I admire.
FELIPE: Teleportation since I love to travel and see interesting places
8 ) A writing challenge: In six words, describe yourself ten years from now.
SABRINA: Intenyears Iwishthat Icouldbea successful, eccentric, author-artist.
(Sabrina, you are a clever one! That’s cheating )
FELIPE: Intelligent, cofident, kind, quick, protective, and fun
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!