7.11.2013

Getting to Know You - Firsts...

First off, I'm taking a page from Rhiann's blog and combining my Thursday's Children's post with the Getting to Know You blog hop for the Like a Virgin Pitch Contest (of which I'm a judge - and still cutting up my sweatshirts in excitement over!). Two in one baby!

Alright...


1. How do you remember your first kiss?

Honestly, I *think* I was twelve (which scares the crap out of me because my oldest daughter is nine!), BUT it hardly counts as a real kiss. So I'm kind of, sort of, cheating (it's what Madonna would want me to do) and moving ahead to the first time I kissed my now husband. Mr. S and I were really good friends, but not dating. We had been flirty, but isn't everyone when they're eighteen? It was the summer after high school graduation and we'd been spending a lot of time together. That particular morning I decided I was going to make the move - cross over from friends to something more. Of course I chickened out until we were parting ways. In my head I was thinking, 'Do it. Just do it damn it! Kiss him!' over and over. We hugged goodbye and I did it. I laid a serious, no kidding, kiss on him. Then, I bolted into my car and drove away without a word. Super romantic.

2. What was your first favorite love song?

It's a tie from around the age of 13-14ish: R.E.M's Everything AND Pictures of You by The Cure. Both songs still sweep me away...




3. What's the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?

I open the windows, make tea or coffee, light candles, then start my music playlist. It's all about setting...


4. Who's the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?

Ever since reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath in college I've been undeniably intrigued by her...her life. Anne Rice also successfully whisked me away in high school many a time. Alas...it was Stephenie Meyer. I've never told this story, but I guess now is the time. The day I decided to write a novel was the day after I finished the Twilight series. I'd been so sucked in, once it was finished, I literally didn't know what to do with myself (it was an interesting time in my life). So, I decided to write my own novel. And Between the Currents was born.

5. Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?

No. And it was rewritten several times. It's currently being considered for resurrection, so I'll most likely be writing it AGAIN - hopefully for the last time.

I will say the next two kept their opening chapters, aside from minor edits.

6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot, setting?

Plot. Then setting - I knew it would take place split between Hawaii and Virginia. Then characters.

7. What's the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone's tongue when they think of your writing?

Obsessed. (Yeah, that surprised me too.)

Can't wait to read all of your answers!

All the awesome starts TOMORROW!!! The contest opens at 6 AM EST to the first 50 entries!
 
A weekly blog hop where
writers share their inspirations
 
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23 comments:

  1. Okay and what's even WEIRDER than the S. Meyer thing is that I "almost" had a Cure song for my first love song (Love Cats).

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    1. Weird of weirds! Love Cats...another classic.

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  2. Love your first kiss story! You might have bolted, but it clearly worked :)

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  3. I've always secretly wanted to be Rizzo. Don't forget to add your link to the VIRGIN blog hop linky on Friday!

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    1. Rizzo was always my fave too, but everyone *had* to say they wanted to be 'Sandy'...

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  4. Sylvia Plath and Anne Rice are two of my favorite writers, too. Both were actually recommended to me by writing teachers. Though I originally noticed Anne Rice because that was my mother's name.

    I tend to burn scented candles when I write. But the other day, I picked a vase of wild roses. Their smell was amazing.

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  5. That's the best first kiss story I've read yet. Love it!

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    1. Thanks - it's a fond yet awkward memory and one my husband will never allow me to live down! :p

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  6. A lot of people are saying "Stephenie Meyer" as their author who made them want to write! And Anne Rice is another author that inspired me, in a "I could never write like that" kind of way.

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  7. I loved reading Anne Rice when I was in high school! But it's because of her and her take on vampires that I never read Stephanie Meyer, to be completely honest. I just can't get over the glittering! But Anne Rice was really inspirational to me when I was younger, just for the horror and the history.

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    1. Yeah, sparkly vampires is definitely an interesting take ;)

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  8. Love your replies - the CURE video! :) That's so cool that you start your writing day with candles. I love that. If I did that, I would burn down the house.

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    1. Ha! I try real hard not to Stacey... :p

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  9. I love the idea of lighting candles to set up a creative ambiance. But I'm so clumsy I'd no doubt burn the house down! :P

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    1. I'm super serious about fire safety ;) Thanks for stopping by Cassandra!

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  10. oooh, I love your Hawaii and VA setting since I desperately want to visit the islands and because I grew up in VA. My current novel takes place in the middle of nowhere Virginia.

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    1. Nice Prerna... We only lived in VA/HI for a few years each, but both are really nostalgic to me. Middle of nowhere VA sounds cool...lots of possibilities there!

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  11. LOVE your first kiss story, but what I want to know is.... what was his reaction? :) Thanks for taking the time to judge the contest, Jessika.

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    1. Thanks Cindy :) Well, he was just as stunned as I was and apparently had, had a crush on me for sometime. Though, he will never let me live that moment down! ;)

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  12. Your #3 sounds perfect. I may have to start doing that.

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