If you like to read romance novels and would you like to meet new authors, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all...about our writing, of course! Every week we'll answer the same questions. Once you've read my blog, the link below will direct you to another. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or make comments.
If you've joined me from Leslie Hachtel's blog, welcome! Here are my answers:
When did you start writing, and why?
I have been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. But my first memories of being a writer were in Grade Seven. I seem to recall many creative writing assignments that year, and while other students struggled to fill the one or two page minimum, I would blithely hand in fifteen or twenty page manuscripts. I actually still have a couple of those tucked away somewhere (the paper is probably crumbling by now!).
Two assignments stand out in my mind - “Shake and Bake”, a horribly inappropriately named story about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906; and an adventure tale about a girl who survives a plane crash in the wilderness, which my teacher thought good enough to sell to a magazine (I was too embarrassed to try). During my teens I continued to write short stories, poetry and even started a few novels, none of which made it past page 80. It wasn't until my husband bought me my very own laptop in 2010 that I finally completed a manuscript, which became MOUNTAIN FIRE, my debut release.
What do you like best about writing?
I love the chance to meet new people. That may sound weird, but my characters start out as strangers, and by the end they are friends. They don't always do what I tell them, but along the way we find out a lot about each other, and it always has a happy ending!
I also love how a manuscript grows. I have a very small daily quota of 500 words. With a full-time job and an actual life, I've learned having this goal still gets me closer to the end, and yet doesn't panic me into paralysis. A tiny step each day is all I need to keep connected with my story – and I love to see the word count go up!
If you could go on a writing retreat, where would you go and for how long?
I've mentioned before on this blog about the Amtrak Writer's in Residence program. I think it would be so cool to write on a train, no matter where it is going! Otherwise, I love the idea of writing in a secluded cabin near a lake or the ocean. Water is very inspiring to me, and I really do enjoy writing outside. So a quiet, reclusive spot with a great view for a month or so would be heaven!
Now it's time to move on to Carolyn Spear's blog. Enjoy!