The tea-drinking mommy with imaginary people in her head.
As silly as this sounds, the hardest part is actually sitting down every day and doing the writing. A lot of people will tell you, “oh, I want to write a book one day, when I have the time.” Guess what? You don’t get extra time. You have to carve it out of the same 24 hours as everyone else and some days that’s a challenge. But it’s the secret of every great writer. You must apply your bottom to the chair and your hands to the keyboard and write. Consistently. The easiest part? Telling myself the story. It unfolds like a movie in my head, only I get smellovision too. I can rewind and replay bits and pieces to see exactly what a character was wearing or to relisten to the tone of voice during a piece of dialog. Honestly, if I wasn’t having to type it as I see it in my head, I would pull up a bowl of popcorn and just watch it unfold.
If you could be any supernatural being for a day, what kind would you be?
I love to read. Julia Quinn, Yasmine Galenorn, Cherry Adair, James Rollins, are some of my favorite authors. But I also still have copies of the books I really enjoyed as a child, things like A Wrinkle in Time, The
, and the Chronicles of Narnia. I’m also a rabid fan of the online steampunk comic Girl Genius. Tower of Geburah
Plotter or Pantser?
Actually I’m what I call a planter. I like to plot things out using a plotting board, character sheets, spiderweb subplotting, etc., so I have a good solid story and know the motivations of my characters, but when it comes down to actually writing my characters often take a detour here and there in a pantser-style that always make the stories better. I plant the idea with a good steady trellis and feed it. I let it take root and then I leave it free to grow however it wants to. The plot is the trellis that supports the creative free-flow.
Mythology or fairytales?
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