This week, Figment is proud to present 13-year-old Virginian Tom Stack, a Fig who kindly took to the streets to promote Figment at his high school and local library. Tom won the Furniture Contest and has been a finalist in six other Figment contests.
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How did you get into Figment?
I first got onto Figment thanks to my mum. She was reading the New York Times, as always, and stumbled onto an article about it. I was a little hesitant about joining but after trying it for a bit I started to really enjoy it.
You promoted Figment at your school and local library. (Thanks, by the way!) What led you to do this?
I really, really wanted to help Figment out because Figment has become such a big part of my life now. Every day I look forward to getting home from school and going on Figment. I wanted to spread the word of Figment so others can enjoy it as much as I have.
Of all your stories, which is your favorite? Why?
My favorite story so far has to be “Love Me Not.” Before I wrote it, romance wasn’t a genre I was into. I remember seeing the Blood On Moon contest and I decided to enter. Boy, am I glad I did. I really enjoyed playing out the characters’ feelings and adding little twists and turns. One of my favorite parts about writing is trying to make the reader feel like they’re living the story with my characters. I really think I did just that with this story.
Do you identify more with a ninja or a pirate?
Probably a ninja, but only if I can be a British one . . .
If you had to write from the perspective of any fruit, which would it be?
Pineapple. Those thorns are deadly.
You’ve written stories on a wide variety of topics, including kidnappers, dystopian futures, and pies! Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas are generated from reading. I also get a lot from the contests you guys come up with!
What’s one book that has inspired your writing?
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. It really inspired my writing for a couple of reasons. For one, Anthony Horowitz keeps the reader gripped and wondering throughout the entire book. I honestly didn’t know what to expect every time I turned the page. The House of Silk is a Sherlock Homes novel. It is one of the first in over 125 years to be approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Foundation to be published under their name! Mr. Horowitz creates a really believable and yet mysterious world of London. His descriptions were off the charts and the final twist was definitely a twist: I very nearly dropped the book right then and there.
We see that you’re a member of the Sherlockians United club. If you could be Sherlock for a day, what would you do?
If I could be Sherlock Holmes for a day, I would go the police station, annoy Lestrade, reveal a few embarrassing secrets in front of a crowd, and then solve a lovely little murder.