When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
My writing hours are broken up into a few times over the course of a day. My husband leaves extremely early in the morning for work every day, so I usually get up when he does and get a few hours of writing in. Then it’s off to the day job for me. After everything settles down with the family for the night, usually around seven, I can sit down for another few hours to write.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Usually getting the first draft done without stopping to go back and fix something. I’ve gotten better about just scribbling a note to myself and chugging on but sometimes, I have to scold myself to keep from fixing something. If it really bothers me, I will have to go fix just so I stop obsessing about it. But first drafts are for the crap writing in my opinion. If you can get it nailed first time out of the gate, I admire you.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Yes! Every single story I write regardless of pairing or heat level.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Both. And they are invaluable! I cherish every time I get to work with them.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’ve come to learn I’m a hybrid of the two even though I tend to lean toward pantsing. I can’t sit down and write an outline from start to finish before the book is written. Heck, I’m not sure I could even do it after the book is complete. But I will start a story knowing the beginning, one or two points I want to hit during the course of the story and the end. I just never know where those one or two point fall in the story.
Boxers or Briefs?
How about a third choice—bare as the day they were born.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes. Every story I write has a playlist that usually gets put together during the first draft. Then, I’ll listen to it while I revise and edit. If it’s a story that’s being published, when edits are happening, I’ll pull back up the playlist and listen to it while I work. I’ve found, after a story is long been published, I can listen to that story’s playlist and immediately pull up in my mind the scene I identify with the song.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What didn’t I want to be? Astronaut, firefighter, draftsman, crossing guard, teacher, mom, cop, and writer all held places on the list. Three of things I actually became but I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which. *g*
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I’ve been a morning person most of my life. I think it’s because my parents were so I got used to that routine growing up. There was a period of a year or two when I was 19/20 years old where I went to work at 5 pm and got off at 2 am. I hated it. Not only for the hours but because my husband worked 4 am to 4 pm. Two ships passing in the night and we were newlyweds.
Do you play games? What kind?
I got hooked on video games when the Atari came out (and I’ve just dated myself with that admission). My dad and I would play so much and so long, the unit would heat up and shut down completely. In my teens it wasn’t an unusual occurrence for me to stay up all weekend long to play Mario or Zelda. Now it’s not usual for me to stay up on the weekends playing DraonAge or any of the LEGO games