If you’re looking for my Marvelous Middle Grade Monday review for today, scroll down and read about SEEING CINDERELLA.
If, however, you’re here as part of the GUTGAA Meet and Greet, welcome!
The rules call for a mini bio, so here goes. I spent 10 years as a PR manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos to Hotel Olympics, construction and real estate. After my second child, I decided to stay home and write full-time. (Not to be confused with being a stay-at-home mom, which I admire but couldn’t do. My kids go to daycare.) I also continue to do some freelance PR on the side. I’ve written three novels and am almost finished with a first draft of my fourth. The first one was, well, let’s just say you’ll never see it. I queried the second one for eight months before letting it go, and I’m currently querying the third one–DUET WITH THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN. This novel is the one I’ll be entering in GUTGAA. Now on to the questions…
In my office at home. Here’s a picture:
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My husband’s diplomas. You can just see them on the left-hand side of the photo. My diploma is on a different wall because it’s from Baylor, and everything is bigger in Texas.
Favorite time to write?
I’m most productive in the morning but have learned to write well in the afternoon, too.
Drink of choice while writing?
Morning: coffee with milk. Rest of the day: water or iced tea.
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I used to listen to music, but now it distracts me, so I stick to silence.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I wrote a whole post about what inspired the manuscript I’m currently querying. As for my current WIP, an offhand comment from a friend about being afraid of black holes inspired the idea. I call it “Black Hole Story,” even though it doesn’t have an actual black hole. It does, however, have kids being transported to another planet. I also was inspired by an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Thank you, kids.
What’s your most valuable writing tip?
I have to choose one? I’ve blogged about this before, but read! I’ve found it reinforces what I’m doing right and inspires me to do other things even better.
As a bonus tip, never give up. I treat writing like a job, even though I don’t get paid for it yet (well, not for the fiction, anyway). I’ll keep working at it until I get the next promotion. In my case, that’s landing an agent. Here’s to hoping GUTGAA helps me get there!