Hello folks!! Today is the second installation of the Creatives Spotlights series that I’m doing, and today we’re interviewing Hailey Hudson! (again, if you’re interested in being interviewed, fill out this form)
(Also, before we get into the post, I’d like to post out – the NEW NAME! The series is called Spotting the Light. We’re spotting the light that young creatives are shining into the world and drawing attention to it! A big thank you to Angela on Twitter for the name
because I am insanely uncreative)
My name is Hailey Hudson and I’m a hardworking creative who inspires other creatives to put in the legwork that will make their dreams become reality. I’m an author, blogger, and freelance writer. I work for a local nonprofit that focuses on empowering the next generation through education, I’m obsessed with theater and music, and I want to be a missionary in the States working with kids through sports.
What do you blog about?
I blog about writing, my faith, and my personal life. My goal is to inspire other young creatives to work hard and make their dreams come true, because it’s entirely possible.
What made you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging because I have a lot of things to say, and I wanted a platform to say them.
If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
Write what you want to read–don’t fall into the trap of thinking that people expect a certain kind of content from you. Surprise them! Write about whatever is on your mind and heart.
What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out so far?
This Post: 5 Tips to Writing your Best Fight Scene Ever
What does a typical day in your life look like?
In the mornings, I work from home as a freelance writer, primarily in the fitness niche. After lunch, I work out and do some freelance voiceover work; then I drive to work. My duties at my nonprofit include grant writing, marketing, social media, and tutoring the kids. In the evening, I’m either coaching softball, working on my latest novel, or reading.
What made you decide to start writing?
I honestly can’t remember making a conscious decision to start writing–it just kind of happened. I’m sure that the steady diet of amazing books I grew up on definitely helped, though.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
How long is a piece of string? The length of time it takes me to write a book varies so much that it’s almost ludicrous. My debut book, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers,” was published last summer, and it took me a week to write. (It’s short!) But I’ve been working on a dystopian novel titled “Angelica” for a year now, and I’m still not done.
What makes a good story?
For me, the characters are what really make a good story. Worldbuilding, plots, and prose are important, but beautifully complex, flawed, funny characters are what make me keep reading.
Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?
Writing definitely energizes me–sometimes after an especially good session, I actually find myself jumping up and down around the house. It’s completely invigorating because I know it’s what God made me to do.
How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)
5 (check out the published one, Hope is the Thing with Feathers!)
What was the most interesting part about your publishing journey?
My publishing journey for my first book was very non-traditional. My story won a contest, and the organization that sponsored the contest took my story and published it as a paperback. They’re an organization that focuses on getting high-interest stories into the hands of struggling readers, so most of the proceeds from my book go to help the nationwide illiteracy crisis, which I love.
Where do you get inspiration? (may include your favorite artists, etc)
I get inspiration from Broadway. I’m a huge theater junkie, and there’s never a time I’m not dancing to a Broadway soundtrack–they’re playing in the car while I drive to work, in my room while I write, and in the kitchen while I make breakfast. The music and stories inspire me, but more than that, Broadway actors and singers inspire me–whenever I watch YouTube interviews of my favorites, I’m always struck by how they go out of their ways to give credit and praise to other creatives, and that’s how I want to live.
When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?
I was a classical pianist for ten years, and I took lessons for the majority of that time. I had plans for Juilliard, but eventually I just didn’t care anymore. I was completely burned out. Music is still incredibly important to me, however, even though I hardly touch the piano anymore. Maybe one day I’ll find my way back.
What is your favorite book?
My two all-time favorite books are “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott and “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo. Yes, my reading taste is diverse.
What is/was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book series was The Young Underground by Robert Elmer. I think they’re out of print now, which makes me feel old. I also loved A Little Princess and so many others.
What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
I’m currently freaking OBSESSED with The Greatest Showman soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect. Pasek and Paul write the BEST music.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
A big thank you to Hailey for being willing to be interviewed on my blog! Find her-