What's up my fellow GUTGAAS! I am super stoked to be participating in this whammer-jammer of a blogfest. So without further ado:
Questions for the Meet and Greet
- Where do you write?
OUT OF THE HOUSE. With three little ones running around, asking for everything from snacks to butt whipping...er, I mean butt wiping ;) I have to escape. I like Barnes & Noble Cafe and the Starbucks by my house. I really enjoy writing on their patios when its nice outside.
- Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
An old man with a dog and an ipad. He's wearing a jacket--doesn't he know its 90 degrees outside? And then there's the two girls studying next to him who look like they're from dental or medical school down the street. The old man keeps stealing glances at the one with the huge boobies! Man, I love people watching! :)
- Favorite time to write?
7:00 a.m. when its fresh outside.
- Drink of choice while writing?
- When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I need silence or white noise.
- What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I heard agent Sara Crowe speak at a conference about a manuscript she was excited about. It was a contemporary thriller with some pretty dark themes. I am an attorney and so I thought, "Why not write something I know and care about?" So my current manuscript is a dark YA thriller with legal themes: A 17 year old girl serial killer who knows the law.
- What's your most valuable writing tip?
Technical--use Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT "beat system." No matter if your plotting or revising, it will come in handy.
General--get some good writing friends. I would say this thing is near impossible without them.