Emily Sun Li
Your name: Emily Sun Li
Your home town: Charleston, SC
Your major(s): Environmental Studies (undeclared) & Creative Writing/English
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? Mandarin Chinese (conversational)
What are your career plans? Something that involves teaching, writing, and traveling, though honestly I don't really know what I would teach at this point.
What is your favorite book or author and why? Can I be a total kid and say the Harry Potter series? Nobody can deny that Rowling is a masterful storyteller, or that they're secretly still waiting for their Hogwarts letter.
What is your favorite word? Shenanigans!
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: One of my most significant breakthroughs as a developing writer was when I finished and published my first full-length novel, THE WRITER (Itoh Press, 2012). I've always had a folder on my desktop called "Stories" chockfull of the beginnings to probably around 50 different novel ideas, but they'd always trail off after the first or second chapter. Actually finishing one of them to the end was a huge turning point for me - it gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities and endurance as a creative writer (and person in general) and made writing and publishing the next one a lot easier.