The obligatory intro text:
There are the authors everyone has heard about: George R. R. Martin, Stephen King. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, the authors you might end up loving.
This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and then tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some writers you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.
The Taggening, Part I:
I was tagged by Barbara Barnett-Stewart, who is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and one of the most prolific short story writers I know. She and I met a few years ago through a mutual friend, Shveta Thakrar, when we started the Awesome Ladies of Awesomeness critique group. I’m always amazed at how much work she gets done between writing, grad school, working, and, you know, having a life. I’m always happy to geek out with her over everything from writing to zombies to Star Wars when we get together. She can be found at babarnett.com.
1. What is the working title of your current project?
My current project is a YA paranormal titled Small Town Ghosts. I just finished the final draft and am about to send out for querying. One thing that surprised me about writing a novel is how much work it is (don’t laugh!). I actually finished the first draft in 2011 and thought I’d do a rewrite, get some feedback, make a few minor corrections and be done. Yeah…okay. Small Town Ghosts has gone through several extensive revisions. I’ve spent hours agonizing over scenes, characterization, and the first chapter which has been redone at least 12 times. I’m pleased with the final product and now grateful for the work I put into it. At about 60,000 words it’s been a manageable novel. I just can’t imagine how some authors revise their 100k + novels!
2. Where do your ideas come from?
Ack, almost everywhere. TV, movies, other stories, mythology, religions, science, non-fiction books. Normally, the ideas come at the most inconvenient times, like in the shower, as I’m falling asleep, while driving, or sitting in a meeting at work. None are really good places to take notes except the meetings at work and, well, I can just see me trying to write down an idea and at that exact moment I’m called upon to contribute something intelligent (hah) to the meeting. Awkward.
3. What genre do you write?
Usually fantasy or horror of some sort. There are so many micro-categories within those broad categories so what I write has fallen under epic fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy tales, paranormal, etc
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition of your novel?
For Sam (main supporting character), maybe a gothed up Emma Stone? For Aaron (the protagonist)…Logan Lerman? David Bradley as Josephus Stoltz (the evil, rebel spirit).
5. What would you do with your spare time if you weren’t writing?
Probably trying to actually earn a master’s degree in something lucrative like comparative religious studies
6. Will your work be self-published or traditionally published?
I am going down the traditional path.
7. How long does it take you to write a story?
A short story? Sometimes a few weeks, sometimes a few months. Small Town Ghosts has taken me 2 years to write and revise. It’s been an interesting journey as I’ve learned how to balance work, family, and writing while dealing with an ongoing medical issue.
8. Whose work would you compare yours to within your genre?
No idea really. I’m not really into comparing and categorizing writing like that. Each writer has their own individual voice and to compare two writers directly always seems unfair to both.
9. Who or what inspired you to write your novel?
Funny enough, I have about 16 chapters and then some of an epic fantasy written. That was inspired by Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I fell in love with wanting to write ever since I picked up the first book. Although I had written before, mostly short stuff and poetry, reading WOT made me want to create something like that. Of course, my current WIP is far from epic fantasy and the other book lies shelved for the time being.
10. When and where do you do your best writing?
I work best in crowded cafes really. Something about the hustle and bustle becomes a soothing background. At home, their are way too many distractions. However, since I can’t, at this time, afford to sit in cafes all day long, or night long, and write, I do what I can at night after my son goes to bed and enjoy the occasional cafe experience.
My Dream Office Space
The Taggening, Part II
Hah, none. I’m sure all my blogging friends have done this already.