Some Questions

  1. What was your first-ever piece of writing? I think it was a short story called “Bob’s New Friend”…
    I was 8 and wrote it in the back of a school notebook, complete with an illustration. I have no idea where that piece of paper is now.
  2. How old were you when you first began writing?
    Twelve when I realized I wanted to do it as a career.
  3. Name two writing goals. One short term & one long term. Short-term is to finish my urban fantasy, Forged Steel, by the end of the year, and hopefully get it under contract as well. Long-term is to maintain a good writing/life balance…yeah, hehehe *snort*
  4. Bouncing off of question 4, what’s your favorite genre to write in? Steampunk! I just…I love it. I don’t know why. I really and truly adore it.
  5. One writing lesson you’ve learned in the last year.
    When writing a first draft, use a filter in your head for the annoying ang negative voices. Only allow your characters’ voices and your own excitement for the project through.
  6. Favorite author, off the top of your head! Brandon Sanderson. His world-building is AMAZING.
  7. Three current favorite books. Sorcery and Cecilia: Or, the Enchanted Chocolate Pot
    by Patricia C Wrede, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and The Map Across Time by C. S. Lakin.
  8. Biggest influence on your writing {person}: Does it have to be just one? OK, umm…probably my dad. Cause he started it all by letting me read The Lord of the Rings.
  9. What’s your go-to writing music? Epic, like stuff by Two Steps From Hell and Audiomachine.
  10. List three to five writing quirks of yours! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc. I can guzzle seltzer water with lime juice while I’m writing. If I make a specialized playlist for each book I write, then listen to it long enough, it’s super easy for me to get into the flow of writing in that particular project. I like handwriting with colored felt tip pens. My husband doesn’t like reading, so I print out my works in progress and read them aloud to him.
  11. What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you? Writing is as vital as breathing. I don’t think I could ever stop–if I did, my head would explode from all the stuff clattering around in it! There is very, very little in this world that gives me as much joy and satisfaction as sharing the worlds in my head with people through the written word.
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