Questions for the Meet and Greet
-Where do you write?
Usually in the office (lucky to have an office), sometimes on the porch and sometimes late at night in bed.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A pile! Encyclopedia of the Strange, Mystical, & Unexplained (Rosemary Ellen Guiley), my book bible (three ring binder filled with names, myths, inventions, and what-ifs), Steampunk Bible (Jeff VanderMeer), a journal, and a composition notebook. It's a good pile of stuff.
-Favorite time to write?
Either early in the morning or late at night. But anytime I can carve out is my favorite.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Coffee! Coffeecoffeecoffee. Unless it's late at night then a glass of red wine is nice -- and helps quiet the editor!
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I like to gear up for writing with music -- I like to find my own soundtrack for the book I'm working on, but I want quiet while I'm actually writing. Now, brainstorming to music is great.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
It was a long route...but my own pre-teen years and the movie Thor.
I had finished the first(ish) draft of a Contemporary YA -- and was having a hard time with one of the heroes, as in: What is he? What's the mythology? Etc. And, because I like to make things difficult for myself -- or I can't face the difficulties -- I thought, why don't I plop this in the 1800s and instead of a parapsychology center(which I really lived in for a while as a kid) I'll make it a school for "exceptional" kids...and, hey, what if myth and legend were actual history...
So, it ended up being it's own story -- nothing made it from the original YA (which is good, still need to figure that one out)
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Writing leads to ideas, ideas lead to more writing (a tip I often forget!). And use a beat sheet! Blake Snyder or Alexandra Sokolloff -- it's like a WIP GPS.
Excited to meet people!