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If you've joined me from Jo Richardson, welcome! On to the questions...
Does humour help or hinder you in your creative process?
As a general rule, I try not to take myself too seriously. So I suppose the answer is humour helps me, by allowing me to step back from what I'm doing and relax. Empires will not fall if I do not write tonight. Neither with anyone die if my quota is not reached. For that matter, if I never sell another book, my life will still be pretty darn good.
Now, if we're talking about writing humour, I'm a dead loss. I'm sure I've written some funny stuff - but there's a good chance I didn't write it on purpose!
What is a favourite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing?
I'm not much of a movie watcher. If I have a couple of hours free, I'm generally reading. And while a really good book can inspire me to work through any issues I have, sometimes I learn more from a book I don't enjoy. You know how it's easier to list negatives than positives? The same holds true when I'm reading. I can't always put my finger on why a book works – but I can usually figure out why I don't like it. Which sometimes points me in a better direction with my own work.
What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea?
I've been re-reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series (in preparation for Written in My Own Heart's Blood – please, no spoilers!!!). The whole time travel thing has always fascinated me (Quantum Leap, anyone?) especially how history can or can't be changed by a time traveller. So then I thought – what if a book someone read in the present, which seemed to be a science fiction novel, was actually a history book that someone had sent from the future as a warning? That's as far as I've gotten, but I think it's a pretty cool idea. Of course, there'd have be a romance...
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