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New Author Spotlight featuring Chassilyn Hamilton

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

Writing has been a part of my life before recreational reading was. In elementary school, I wrote songs. In middle school, I wrote poems, then I began writing stories that were passed around the school. It was my freshman year of high school (2004…Shhhh) when I first realized that I wanted to write books.

2. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Schedule?! What is that?

Before, I would mostly write all night. I don’t base my goals on time, but on word count. Typically, I shoot for 2,500 words in a session. These days, with a seven-month-old, I get writing in whenever I can, whether that be in the car rider line outside my daughter’s school, or waiting for my son to get out of football practice. My iPad goes everywhere with me. I’ve found that I’m most productive during the night with me writing until I fall asleep.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas from for your books?

A lot of my ideas are sparked from real life scenarios, and usually come about in conversation. For example, the idea for Sticky Situation came from a discussion that took place in my group chat, and then the story took a life from there.

Once I’ve decided on an idea, I do most of my research online and reach out to people that I feel are experts on subjects I need context on.

4. What does your family think of your writing?

My family is so proud of me! They know that being an author was a long time goal of mine and are happy to see what I’ve accomplished. Their support means everything to me.

5. Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

I post about all that I have coming up on my Instagram (@authorchassilynhamilton) and Facebook Like page.

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