Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA: Meet and Greet


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?
Diet Cokey. 
  • 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.

36 comments:

  1. People watching is the bomb! Great for character development too :)

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  2. Your current MS sounds really interesting! And people watching is awesome!

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  3. People watching is probably the best inspiration ever! I love the sound of your MS, too!

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  4. I like to wake up, crack a Diet Coke and sit down and write. It's my perfect morning! Too bad I'm nursing. It's Caffeine Free Diet Coke for me right now. :( I miss my morning buzz!

    And you know what? Your new blog look is fab. I nearly used it myself. That makes two backgrounds we've chosen that are the same. I think we may have the same taste... :)

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  5. Always best to use what you're passionate about in your writing. Quite cathartic. :)

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  6. I love people watching too I try not to be freaky about it or anything!

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  7. Your manuscript sounds great. Good luck with GUTGAA.

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  8. I already want to read your book. Have you read Barry Lyga's I HUNT KILLERS? Might be a good comparative work for when you're querying. SAVE THE CAT is incredibly helpful; I still think my pitch needs work but his book helped a lot.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I plan to follow yours and I'll find you on twitter. (no pressure to follow back just wanted to mention it!) Good luck with GUTGAA!

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  9. I love that you're writing something so unique, yet close-to-your-heart/knowledge. And I bet writing outside is very inspiring. Nice to get to know you. :-)

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  10. Your current MS sounds AMAZING.

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  11. Hi Jessie! What a great blog - great design. Your people watching is hilarious - my husband does that ALL the time too. You guys would make good spies. LOVE your ms idea - 17-year old serial killer! (goosebumps). :)

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  12. Your answers cracked me up - the first two especially! Nice to meet you!

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  13. Nice to meet you! Your ms sounds intense. I really need to read "save the cat" I've heard so much about it. Have fun #GUTGAA!

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  14. LOL. Love what you see when your writing. I can't write in public because I spend the whole time "overhearing" peoples conversations. ;0)

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  15. Writing friends… Yes. That way my family would have a little bit of peace since I go on and on about writing all the time. =)

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  16. I feel like if we lived in the same town, we would totally be best friends. YAY diet cokers :)

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  17. Writing friends are a must. :] Welcome to GUTGAA!

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  18. Yay! For Blake Snyder's beat sheet -- it has pulled me back from the brink many times. And a young female serial killer who knows the law? Talk about creepy, totally want to read it. Although I can't quite figure out when you have time to write!

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  19. I love the new blog background! :)

    P.S. Your current manuscript sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it!

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  20. A 17 year old girl serial killer who knows the law - sounds like a psychopath I was the social worker for when I worked at the State Hospital! Sounds like a fascinating premise for a book, for sure!

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  21. Great blog profile. I am always more interested in humorous blogs. :-) I like writing at Panera except I always want to eat! Best wishes.

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  22. Jessie, love your blog header! And your novel sounds really good. I wish you luck this month. The last time I made people watching observations as good as yours was at the airport. I find malls are a fine spot as well.
    -Jenna

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  23. Hi, I am making the meet & greet rounds. It seems like every time I pop over to your blog it gets cuter and cuter. I love your answers. The story you are working on sounds intriguing and something I would love to read . The lawyer in me thinks it has real potential and the thriller lover in me sees infinite possibilities. Your concept is brilliant and I hope to read it soon.

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  24. Your novel sounds really interesting! If I wrote outdoors I might get too distracted by people watching lol

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  25. Oh! I love writing in a cafe too. Plus there's plenty of inspiration around me without being too distracting :)

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  26. So you go to Starbucks and drink Diet Coke? Hmmm...
    Your manuscript sounds interesting! Good luck with everything!

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  27. ha ha ha!
    i like panera to people watch & write =)
    great answers, love save the cat!

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  28. A double amen to all your advice!!!

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  29. I love people watching. I've gotten my best character ideas from that.

    Beat Sheet sounds fantastic, but I'm sorry to say I don't live in LA. Do they offer an online course? :-)

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  30. Hi! It's nice to meet you!
    I love Starbucks, but when I visit, I'm drinking the delicious coffee fraps! I rarely go there to write, though. The one closest to me is pretty small and always crowded.

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  31. I remember your query from our NaNoReviMo group and I still think your book sounds amazing :) Can you believe that was almost a year ago? Yikes! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the coming month! :)

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  32. Your latest manuscript sounds AWESOME! Great answers. I love learning more about you! Best of luck with GUTGAA!

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  33. Hi Jessie,
    I do believe that having writing partners is key, I really hope to gain some from GUTGAA, more so then an agent:)love your blog. Hope to chat soon
    Paula

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  34. LOVE your YA concept idea! That's a story I'd read. I'm new to Save The Cat! but should have read it sooner than I did. Right now I'm reading Save The Cat! Strikes Back.

    Looking forward to following your blog.

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  35. I am intrigued by the concept of your book!

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