Gearing up to get an agent is underway. We're starting off with some get to know you questions, so here're my answers:
My (brief) bio:
I have led several lives. I was born in a small farm town in Minnesota. I
lived for many years in the metropolis of Los Angeles. I currently
reside in Northern California and am most at home out in nature. After
many years in school, careers in business, education, and adventure, I
am now writing full time.
-Where do you write?
I write in my bedroom. A small desk right next to the bed. With a second monitor hooked up to my laptop so I can have one screen of reference material as I type on the MS.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My bed. Unmade.
-Favorite time to write?
I'm definitely more productive in the morning. I wake up and go through my morning routine, have some breakfast, but I make sure I'm doing something productive before 9am. Just like a real job.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Just water. It's surprising how dehydrated you can get when just sitting and writing and the time flies by. I have a large water bottle since I hate to have to get up and stop writing just because I'm thirsty.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Music. But nothing with lyrics - they distract me. So mostly classical or jazz while I'm writing.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
My inspirations are often reactionary - I read something and think that I can do it better (or at least differently). In some ways Twilight inspired me to write a YA novel, but without vampires and with a heroine that ultimately saves the day for everyone else. Very specifically without vampires...
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Don't just write. Study. Everyone says that writing is key, but if you don't learn from it you won't improve. Writing doesn't equal learning. You have to actually study what makes good writing and review your own work objectively. Without that thought and reflection you'll just keep making the same mistakes.
Can't wait to meet y'all!