As a teenager, I had to work in a coffee shop to make ends meet.
I was a poor student and my parents couldn’t afford a university education.
It was a tough time.
It’s hard for a lot of people to realise how much you can achieve.
But it was great to be a writer, because I had an outlet to share what I was writing and I was making money off it.
I started writing professionally in the mid-1990s.
I’d love to share this story, but I’m busy.
But my parents and I have been lucky.
What did you learn from being a poor writer to become a successful writer?
It’s not about money, it’s about the passion for writing.
I’m a huge fan of the work of Ursula K Le Guin, Ursula Le Guine, Ursa Le Guins and Jane Austen.
My family’s great.
We have a strong writing tradition, which is really helpful when you’re young.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Do you think your success will change people’s attitudes towards writing?
I’ve never heard anyone say they’re going to write for free because they can’t afford it.
The thing that really helped me get my foot in the door was writing for a living.
I wrote two novels in my twenties.
The first, A Life in Letters, was a short story.
The second, The Story of My Life, was about two friends who meet and fall in love, which made me realise how important writing was for me.
Why did you decide to become an actress?
I wanted to become part of a larger movement that would take a more inclusive view of female voices and representation.
That’s the first time I’d had a female director.
I knew I wanted the part of the female lead and I also knew that the script was about a young woman trying to find herself.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I can’t really pick one.
I don’t think I could pick just one author.
I would say the women in my family and friends who have made me who I am today, and who have helped me achieve my goals.
My mother is an actor, my grandmother is an actress.
How did you get started as an actress and what advice would you give other aspiring writers?
When I was younger, my dad would send me scripts he’d read.
I’d read them and thought, ‘Oh, there must be something here, maybe I could write something for him’.
I remember one time when I was 16, I was on my own in a film, and the writer had said to me, ‘Well, I’d love for you to read a script I wrote for you.’
I didn’t even know what the title of the script were.
I just said, ‘Yes, please.’
I felt like that was a great opportunity for me to learn and get my feet wet.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’d like for other people to know that this is something that’s really important.
I think it’s important for writers and writers’ groups to realise that writing can be a really important part of your career.
It can also be a career killer.
So, when you think about writing, don’t be ashamed of it.
Are you planning to take a break from writing?
I don:t know.
I do know that my life is really amazing, and I’ve had an amazing time.
I have lots of other opportunities to get my life together.
I hope to get back to writing again soon, so stay tuned.
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