i know...i know...my last post was all, it's time to give this manuscript a rest blah blah blah. well it was more like a short nap and now is being resurrected for several contests, one of which is GUTGAA (Gearing Up To Get An Agent). i, for one, could use some gearing up. i've gotten pretty sluggish as of late--so a big thanks to Deana Barnhart for hosting!
part one of the contest is a meet and greet.
here's my greet:
i started writing a few years ago when being a mother of two small children was consuming me (often in a good way, don't get me wrong). i'd lost myself--my creative person whom i'd relied on for life's passion, wonder, and inspiration. having small kids (and a cozy living arrangement), my canvases, oil paints, and clay were soon replaced with blocks, bowls of cheerios, and assorted baby entertainment devices. finally, something clicked in me.
that's when it began. first i wrote a short story about motherhood (writing what you know...and that was all i knew at the time). it was exhilarating. i hadn't felt that burning in the pit of my stomach...that nagging desire to create in so long--the fire had been rekindled.
from there i dove in head first, writing a novel that was my 'how to write a novel: the good, the bad, and the ugly'. i don't regret it, the story is wonderful (all 180K words! that's right, watch out bible!) and it was through that process i learned how torturous it is to write a query/synopsis and how to take rejection...lots of rejection.
that's me, the short version anyway. right now i'm querying an adult/NA paranormal manuscript and am working on a YA dystopian novel.
what else...i love the rain, am obsessed with boots, old typewriters speak to me, and am most happy exploring nature on a crisp autumn day (coffee in hand) with my daughters in tow.
-Where do you write?
either at a coffee shop or home.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
my kindle, a notebook, and a pen (well, my special pen...the one that writes perfectly for me and fits all comfy-like in my hand and my hand only).
-Favorite time to write?
definitely in the morning. i'm no good at night, ideas either feel forced or flaky.
-Drink of choice while writing?
coffee or wine (depending on time of day of course...maybe).
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
MUSIC is a MUST. of monsters and men is my current obsession.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
my WIP came to me around the time of the horrible tsunami that hit Japan...an idea flashed in my head and the rest evolved on its own.
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
i met a published writer at my local coffee shop and somehow it came up that i was an aspiring author (not something i talk about freely). her advice was a quote by nora roberts, "ass in chair". simple.