Just thought I would fill out one of these writers memes, which I am dubbing a writer’s interview. It’s a long one, if you stay till the end, I hope you’ll do it to.
What’s the last thing you wrote?
Let’s see, besides a blog post, the last thing I wrote was a scene where my main character is hiding behind a shed, trying to get a closer glance at someone she hasn’t seen in eight years. It was a scene where she does a lot of reliving the past.
Was it any good?
Personally, I think it is. It might need some minor editing, and a thought or two changed, but otherwise I’m very happy with it.
What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
That would have to be a story I wrote when I was probably about six. It’s like a crossover between a story and a poem. It makes me laugh.
Yes, yes I do. Not as often as I used to, but I still find occasion to jot a poem down here and there.
Now? Probably not so much. But when I was younger, most certainly.
Favorite genre of writing?
Lately it’s been romance. I think almost every story I’ve ever written, no matter the genre, has had a certain romantic element. Now I’m a romance author, and I write it all the time. I really do love it.
Most fun character you ever wrote?
I’m not sure, actually. I love most of my characters. Their almost like friends, I’m not sure there is one that is “most fun”. The one that has kept me on my toes the most, and I wish was my real life bff is probably Cassie Winters. Don’t worry, you’ll meet her soon.
Most annoying character you ever wrote?
Well, I’ve written a few. There almost has to be an annoying character in all my books. I don’t have an answer for why that is, it just is. Probably the most annoying is the ex husband of one of my protagonists. We don’t see him much, but he kept popping up at really inopportune time. It was annoying. Definitely.
Best plot you’ve ever created?
Maybe what I am working on now? But then in a couple of months I will tell you its whatever i am working on then. 🙂
Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
My main female character learned that a guy she didn’t really care for, who was annoying and chauvanistic, was actually her brother. I have no clue where that came from, but it sure worked.
How often do you get writer’s block?
I don’t anymore. I follow my own advice on writer’s block and I always come out of it. It’s not a real ailment anyway. Everyone has a bad day.
How do you fix it?
Usually by changing writing locations. If I am stuck in the house, I will try to get outside. I also will take walks, take a shower, close my eyes for a bit, or just write an email or a blog post. As long as you keep going and don’t allow it to frustrate you, you’ll be okay.
Write fan fiction?
No. I don’t.
Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
I’m pretty certain that is about all I write. haha
Do you type or write by hand?
I usually type. But I carry a notebook around with me all the time, so if inspiration hits and my laptop is not within 10 feet of me, I can still write by hand. Believe it or not, most of my writing is dictated to a voice recognition program, so a lot of my typing isn’t even done by me. 😉
Do you save everything you write?
Absolutely. Don’t you?
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
Abandoned it? I don’t know that I can say that I have ever truly abandoned an idea. Tabled it for awhile, yes. But never abandoned it. Do I go back and write on tabled ideas? Yes, all the time.
What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?
Besides a few pieces of poetry, probably an essay/short non-fiction piece I wrote a few years ago.
What’s everyone else’s favorite thing that you’ve written?
My poetry, I’m sure. Although I get compliments on everything.
What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
Uhm. Apparently Montana, Wyoming, that kind of area. Mountains and lakes, ranches and farms. What the heck? Yeah, so I’m thinking a romance novel based on a beach or a cruise ship is in order. haha
What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? That is so easy. Science Fiction. Never. No way. Uh-uh.
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Too many. About 5.
Do you want to write for a living?
I do write for a living.
Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Ever written something in script or play format?
Yes. Script Frenzy forced me to try it a few years ago, and I’ve done it every year since.
What are your five favorite words?
“My book is finally finished”. haha just kidding. Okay, favorite words: Obfuscate is my very favorite word of all time. I don’t really have a reason why, I just love it. I also really love the word oxymoron. Not just for the word itself but for its definition. I love being a contradiction. I also really like the words incandescent, tumultuous, percolate and salacious. It’s not so much the words themselves, but the way they sound as they roll off the tongue. I truly have an affinity for words.
What character that you’ve written most resembles yourself?
I really try to stray away from people I know, including myself when writing a character. I might give them a trait or two, or perhaps even a quote or two, but for the most part my characters are completely original.
Where do you get ideas for your other characters?
Typically they just come to me, sometimes I dream them. Sometimes I actually watch people and get ideas, sometimes there is a character that formulates due to a situation or a plot idea. I get my ideas for characters from all over the place there is no one set place.
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Absolutely. Interestingly enough my dreams are provided much material for writing. I would say that scary, but some of my best work has come from ideas based on my dreams.
Do you favor happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
It really depends on what I’m writing. I prefer happy endings, as that is what I prefer to read. However, I have written a sad ending or two. I’m not so big on the cliffhangers, unless there’s a book in the works already to follow.
Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Unfortunately yes. One of the primary rules of writing, is to edit later. I don’t seem capable of doing that. I cannot stand a misspelled word, and the grammar doesn’t get me quite as much, but if I notice something I have to correct it.
Does music help you write?
Absolutely. I use music all the time. I love to use it to set the mood. I have found some awesome music, writing scenes that I needed a bit of inspiration for.
Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind.
I have no idea what to quote. My blog is full of things I’ve written. That truly is the first thing that popped into my head.
Whew! That was long, but fun. Have you answered these questions? If so, link here and show me your answers!