How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I mostly write at a desk. Last year I bought one of those PCs where the monitor is the computer, and it’s a touch screen, which I sometimes forget about. I have a vertical mouse and keyboard for ergonomics.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
I find seven hours works for me.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
My dinner party would be on Halloween, and Edgar Allan Poe would be at the top of the list. I fell in love with his dark writing when I was a kid. Eddie would have to sit by himself so he doesn’t depress the other guests. He would, also, have to drink just water so his face doesn’t fall on his plate half-way through the meal. Then, after dinner he can scare us with his horror stories.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I’m a Zumbaholic and take a one hour class at least 4 times a week. I, also, watch a movie late in the evening sometimes. I’m, also, watching more series television since it has gotten so good. I’ve always loved the Masterpiece Classics. I, also, watch Once Upon a Time, Dracula and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. I’m into Masters of Sex and Boardwalk Empire.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I write most days. Typically, I start at 9:30, break for a short lunch, and write until 4:30. I sometimes write in the evening for a couple of hours.
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?
I write the first draft in Word. I then convert to PDF and read that, making any corrections or additions to the Word manuscript. I then read the digital version and make changes. My husband then reads the digital and gives me feedback. Then I read the paperback proof and make changes or corrections. Then the book is finished.
My writing schedule is to write all the time unless I have personal things to do, or go to the movies or something. I try to stop at 8 pm when I’m not at Zumba or out with friends. A bit of my writing time is marketing, but I don’t market as much as I should. I get antsy if I don’t think I’m writing enough. I then make a table to keep track of my writing hours, which then motivates me to write longer.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?
I have this drive to succeed, probably from being poor as a kid and being independent from the age of 12, since my mother was ill. Plus, I never find the actual writing boring. I love creating stories, and characters and worlds.
Genre – Historical fiction
Rating – PG