GUTGAA meet and greet

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.


  1. Nice to *meet* you as part of GUTGAA! I heard "Of Monsters and Men" a few months ago and loved 'em. And who doesn't love finding that very special "just-right-for-me" pen? ;)

  2. Hello! *waves* So nice to meet you!

    Gosh, your first MS sounds like mine! Though not quite as long. Haha. But its so true. I wouldn't do anything differently. That first MS was super important to my journey as a writer.

  3. Love the 'ass in chair' -- great advice!

    And also collect typewriters...

    Good to meet you here on GUTGAA

  4. Hey!

    Just dropping by during my optimal reading time to say nice to meet you! Loved your music pick! I too need a good soundtrack for when I'm typing away. :)

    Cheers and have fun during #GUTGAA!


  5. Great to meet you! I love Alice Hoffman. :)

  6. So nice to meet you via GUTGAA! Cool and feisty blog! I clicked on your Title on the blog list because of the Typewriter...have a visit to my Blog and you'll see why! Love your advice about writing....and I'm laying in the bed instead of sitting in a chair :-). You take care!

    Dr Margaret Aranda

  7. I would probably love typewriters much more if I weren't old enough to remember when you had to race to class so you could get the one that actually worked!

    Nice to meet you.

  8. Coffee, kids, nature, crisp autumn day... of monsters and men... Are you my evil doppleganger or am I yours?

    1. after checking out your blog, i do believe so! though...not sure who is who.

  9. What an interesting source of inspiration. Good luck with GUTGAA.

  10. Now you've got me needing to check out "Of Monsters and Men"... always looking for something new! Thanks! Good luck with GUTGAA! Oh - and nice to meet you!

    1. yes, check them out--you won't be disappointed!

  11. "Of Monsters and Men" sounds different from what I listen to, but I'm writing a genre that is way different to me. I think some new music may be just what I need to help set the mood for new writing:)
    Nice meeting you through GUTGAA. I'm a new follower *waving crazily!*
    Talynn #28

    1. *waves back*, thanks for stopping by--i'm following you now too :)

  12. I love old typewriters too. Someday I'd like to get a purple Remington portable, or at least that model in red or blue-green. 180,000 words is actually a drop in the bucket for me, given how long my Russian novels are, and how long my contemporary historical Bildungsroman is.