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inkpopper of the Week: casey261

Posted by inkpop on March 30, 2010

The 13-year-old member organizes Inkies Book Club

Ashley Nicole may live in what she calls “the middle of nowhere—also known as New Jersey,” but that doesn’t stop her from connecting with other teen-lit fans around the world every day.

The 13-year-old writer and member (whose screen name is casey261) started the Inkies Book Club after reading tons of discussions about random books on the talent-search community’s Forums.

“I thought it would be cool for inkpoppers to discuss a certain book each week or so,” she says. “Originally, I was going to do published books, but inkpop member Nella-Rosmarino came up with the idea to read unpublished inkpop books.”

Want to join the Inkies Book Club? Visit this inkpop Forums thread to get in on the action. Here, casey261 talks about how it works.

inkpop: The first Inkies Book Club book is Poetically Pathetic. How or why did you pick this one?

casey261: Once I thought we had enough members, I let them nominate books. Everyone voted, and Poetically Pathetic came in first.

inkpoppers are welcome to nominate their own books—even if they’re not in the club—and then we add them to the club’s nominations. I pick a deadline, and the members vote for their favorite. Once the votes are in, I tally them up and see who won.

What are your goals for the Inkies Book Club?

I’m hoping we’ll be able to give the book author constructive criticism. I also think this club has the potential to help more than just the book author—the inkies and I may just wind up with a new favorite book on inkpop.

Have you been in any other book clubs, in addition to the inkpop book club?

Yes—it was a lot of fun to talk and hang out. Usually it was with friends, and we read romance or chick-lit. A few authors who kept appearing were Sarah Dessen and Hailey Abbott—my friends and I love them.

What’s your favorite thing about inkpop?

I love the way inkpop pushes me to write more for my readers. The constructive criticism really helps me improve my writing, too. If it weren’t for inkpop, I may have never kept writing.

You’re a writer, too. What do you write?

My writing is really varied. One of my books is about a girl trying to fit in and the many problems she faces along the way. Another focuses on a school for vampires, mermaids, and werewolves. My newest novel is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet—I really like romance and the immortal essence.

What are you most looking forward to in life?

Someday being a published author—aren’t all inkpoppers? I can’t wait until the day I can walk into a store and buy a book with my name on the cover.

How much time do you spend on inkpop?

Usually about an hour a day. When I’m working on a chapter of my book, I have inkpop open in the background, and when writer’s block hits me, I sneak back on for a few minutes. Weekdays, I’m on between 4 and 8 p.m. On the weekend, I’m on inkpop as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m.

What kinds of inkpop projects are you most likely to add to your Picks list?

I really enjoy romance and supernatural writing. I change my Picks a lot, though, so almost every genre makes it on there sooner or later.

inkpop Forums Topic: Who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week? Read. Write. Connect.

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