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Spotlight On: Brenna White

Brenna is a sophomore studying English at PSU.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: I can only narrow it down to three: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris.

Q: Who or what influences and inspires your art the most?

A: Many writers have influenced my style of fiction over the years, the most prominent being Hunter S. Thompson, Junot Díaz, and, more recently, Mavis Gallant. But every time I read a piece of fiction, I try to pick up something stylistic and try it on in my own way.

Q: What are your favorite art mediums to work in and why?

A: My favorite form of art is fiction writing, though I enjoy working digitally with Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (merely for my own entertainment, and sometimes school projects).

Q: How does your daily life influence your art?

A: My daily life deeply impacts what I write; nearly all of my pieces have autobiographical elements (though I will starkly deny any resemblance to events or persons past or current, personal or borrowed).

Q: What do you do about creative blocks?

A: Whenever I have creative blocks, I brew coffee or tea, and read for a while. Even if I do not have a productive session as a writer, it is equally important to me to have productive sessions as a reader.

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