Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Selena Brooks! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- My favorite part about Figment is definitely the people. I have loved meeting so many amazing friends and reading all of their amazing works, as well as receiving valuable feedback on my own that has really helped me become a better writer.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- I think my favorite story I have shared on Figment is my YA romance novel (which is still in progress!), “Tutor”. It’s a story that’s really close to my heart, and I feel really called upon to write it.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Everyone who reads/hearts/comments on/reviews my stories–those definitely keep me going. Also, my life experiences. If I’m feeling something really strong, I need to get my thoughts on paper. Writing is like therapy for me.
What is the last book that you read?
- I just finished reading “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman, because I had to read it before I went to see the movie! I’m also reading “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Insurgent” at the same time XD
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- I’m definitely not in any position to offer advice, but I would probably say: write what you know and love. I know it’s cliché, but I’ve found my pieces stink unless I pour my heart, soul, and experiences into them.
Congratulations again Selena and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Ever expects some competition. She expects life as a student at one of the most rigid ballet schools in the United States to be difficult. What she doesn’t expect is the fierce competition and cold welcome she gets.
As Ever deals with all the challenges of becoming a professional dancer, she also faces the wrath of the most popular, skilled girls at the studio. Unwillingly, she becomes mixed up in the complicated relationship between the clique and the school’s most sought-after guy dancer, Riley. And when she suddenly becomes more-liked and maybe even better at ballet than the clique, her life becomes a lot more complex.
All she wanted was to get the principal part in the spring ballet. To get in the performing company. To become a professional. She gets so much more.
Small-town girl Ciara Arnett is the best dancer at her studio–and she knows it. So when her teacher recommends an national dance competition to her in order to “gain experience”, Ciara is excited and more than a little confident. What she doesn’t expect is for the “experience” to be a life-changer, an eye-opener, and an ego adjuster. After meeting a girl who puts Ciara’s dance skills to shame and an aloof city boy who immediately steals her heart, Ciara is determined to do more than just win the competition. The problem is, the stakes are higher than she thought.
Thousands of miles underground, locked in a box only one can open, are the keys to all the secrets in the world.
Allison thought she was an ordinary teenager with an ordinary, if not boring, life. But when her mother dies without explanation and strange things begin to happen to her, she wonders about the truths she’s always known about the world around her. Everything can be explained, if only she follows the boy with the green eyes.
In a kingdom where war is brewing and… the next evening’s meal is not guaranteed, Jesi is anticipating her sixteenth birthday as all girls her age do—hoping for a better future and wishing for the boy of her dreams. When she comes of age, the priests of her village will follow a tradition that dates back hundreds of centuries, performing a ritual and choosing her husband for her.
But on her wedding day, Jesi has second thoughts. Before she knows it, she is a runaway wandering the countryside with no idea where she is going or what she will do—and she stumbles right into enemy camp. Taken prisoner, she is forced to look deep inside herself and call upon her strength within to discover not the path the priests have chosen for her, but the path she chooses for herself.
The last thing Evelyn thought she needed was a tutor. Her hands were full taking care of her two younger siblings, working two jobs after school, and struggling to keep their house in shape after her mother’s death and her father’s abrupt departure. Evidently, though, her counselor had other plans.
Enter Cameron. Determined to bring Evelyn’s grades up, he schedules her for a series of after-school tutoring sessions, which Evelyn attends all while trying to keep her brutal past hidden from her tutor. But as Evelyn gets pulled into Cameron’s whirlwind world and friendship turns to more, she begins to wonder if there isn’t a way out of the mess she’s in–and if she has find it all on her own.
Congratulations again, Selena!
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– The Figment Team