Student Author: Adrianna Lockhart
Congratulations to SAMA violin student, Adrianna Lockhart, on recently publishing her second book! We sat down with Adrianna to ask her a few questions about how she juggles being a teenager, full-time student, author, and musician.
SAMA: How old were you when you published your first book and is there anything different the second time around?
Adrianna: I was 12 years old when I published my first book. Yes, I put more emphasis on dialogue and character development this time around. My first book had more emphasis on scenery. [laughs] My second book is much longer. It also has page numbers.
SAMA: Do you have a mentor for writing? If so, how did you get that mentor?
Adrianna: Not one specific mentor. [pauses] Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Basics of Creative Writing was something I followed and found helpful when writing my second book. Also, I enjoy the writings of Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games author. She focuses on character development which is something I focused on for my second book.
SAMA: How do you balance writing, school work, and music lessons?
Adrianna: Well, I do my schoolwork, and after schoolwork, I practice my violin. I like to work on my book/writing when I want to relax.
SAMA: What’s the hardest thing about writing for you?
Adrianna: Writing is easy. Editing is hard – learning when to stop because everything in the middle is a fun mess.
SAMA: What have you been doing longer: writing or playing violin?
Adrianna: Seriously, playing violin. I was much more serious about music before I got serious about writing.
SAMA: Adrianna, what do you do for fun?
Adrianna: Road trips! [laughs] Also, binge watch Sherlock. I love to read all the time, and I have most recently taken interest in photography.
Adrianna was such a pleasure to sit down with. She is truly an inspiration to anyone who has or is trying to achieve a goal. We wish her continued success and hope she continues to grow as both a writer and musician!
-Interview by Yvette Mendoza, SAMA Creative Director