Profile, Cat_Monty

Name: Catherine
*Username: Cat_monty
Age: 19
*Gender: Female

How old were you when you started writing?
I originally started out writing poems when I was 10/11 then the army moved us again and I forgot about it. Then when I was 12 I started writing stories instead.

When did you start?
It was during a lesson, we were asked to write a poem, I was told mine was good so I started writing them more often, for me writing has always been the only thing I'm good at.

What was your first story, could we read it?
My first story was probably my first draft of Amadore, and no you may not read it because it was really badly written looking back xD

What are you working on right now?
Right now I'm concentrating on three ongoing stories, which are Nightmares, a re-vamp of an older story of mine called Sweet Dreams, my third draft of Amadore and Catch Me, my first successful attempt at a story with no magic/vampire/weird elements. I'm also working on edits for one of my completed stories Hunted.

Where do you get inspiration?
Everywhere to be honest, I take a lot of my own life experience and use them when designing my characters personality’s. When it comes to imaginary worlds I guess its a mix of movies and art that I see. With storylines I think it's hard to be entirely original nowadays but I always try to make the story out of the characters and what they experience rather than the basic of the story itself. A vampire story will always be another vampire story, but I have a wide variety characters within my main vampire story (which I have yet to really write) and lots of different events within it. Sorry I think I've gone on a bit of a rant there ^^;; I also find music a good help, generally a story always start off as a weird dream I had then I add to and twist it into something I hope is worth reading.

When is your favourite time to write?
I don't have a specific time, I used to mostly write in the mornings. But I don't have the time for that so I do it in the evenings. I know I can't write in the winter months, an annoying side effect of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

Do you prefer collaborative works or Solo, do you like both?
I like both equally, I tend to get more excited with collabs because I like the idea of making something together, plus you never know what will happen when someone else posts a chapter. Also I find I generally improve as a writer when doing collabs. I have to thank the collab Atlas of Atlantis started by Rhetoric a lot as it was my first collab and is the reason I'm as decent a writer as I am right now.

How did you find Protagonize, are you on any other popular writing sites (Booksie, smashwords, wattpad ect.)
Protagonize is the first writing site I've ever joined, I never used to show my works because I was afraid people would just say it was terrible and then I’d lose the one thing I was good at. But since joining protagonize I know it's improved a lot and I’m so grateful to everyone who's given me constructive criticism and advice.

Anything else that you would like to share about yourself or your writing?
Only thing I can think to say is with most of my stories, they were dreamed up during a particularly dark time in my life, as a result I've put my characters through hell. At the time it was a way to cheer myself up. But even back then I gave the stories happy endings, so I know that my imagination and writing probably saved me. Before I joined protagonize I was horribly close to completely giving up, I guess I have to thank all the friends I've made on here – It helped to see how many people were struggling just like me, reading words written by others that described perfectly what I was going through.
Now I'm going too deep and shall stop, hope you enjoyed this self-interview :)

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