1. Can you tells us about your story and the anthology it's featured in?
The Made in LA Anthology series came to be when Cody Sisco, Gabi Lorino, and Allison Rose set up a 'Made in LA' booth at the annual LA Times Festival of Books. People kept asking which books had the stories set in Los Angeles, and this sparked the idea that they should edit an anthology featuring stories set in Los Angeles. Thus was born the Made in LA Anthologies. They are currently reviewing titles for Book 3. (Name TBA).
The reason this anthology appealed to me is I'm a fan of Los Angeles--not the LA everyone else sees on the news, in papers, or magazines--but the history and the culture of the city. It's a beautiful mess which I find relatable.
2. Is this the first thing you've had published?
FOR HIRE is the first short story I've had published.
3. Are you currently working on anything new?
4. What piece of advice would you give aspiring authors?
First, comparing your work to other published pieces is a waste of energy. Don't do that to yourself, ever. Read to enjoy the work, not to compare it to you as a writer. Second, the more you write, the better you get at it. So, even if you don't finish the story, novel, poem, etc., you'll be a better writer for having started it. Also, the only way to fail is to quit. Take breaks, but don't give up.
5. What are you currently reading?
I just finished Marie Lu's WARCROSS series and began the VAGABOND series by Takehiko Inoue (a Japanese manga series.)
AS Youngless has been passionate about writing since her childhood. She runs the Graphic Novel Book Club for elementary aged students in the hope of sharing her love of writing with the next generation. She is the debut author of, “For Hire,” and lives in beautiful Los Angeles with her husband, son, and multiple animals.