Welcome GUTGAA participants! First, I really would like to thank Deana Barnhart, host of the Gearing Up To Get An Agent Blogfest/Pitch Contest, and the participating agents. If you would like to join in with the 6 week long festivities be sure to sign up here. The GUTGAA FAQ info is here.
Questions for the Meet and Greet
-Where do you write?
This is where I write– in the attic nook of my 100+ year-old house. There’s just enough room for a whole world full of fantastical creatures, landscapes with attitude, grumbly mages, and children who are really earthbound stars. Every now and then a dragon gets out, but experience has taught me to keep the fire extinguisher close and to practice some patience–those pesky beasts always return home because everyone knows the cat treats in my kitchen are never as good as the wobble fish in Ir. You can visit them all in my fantasy series called StarDust.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A bag of dark chocolate-covered acai berries, a stack of used notebooks, and my Zebra F-402.
-Favorite time to write?
Early, before the dawn and after pouring coffee.
It’s 2 AM right now, so the deep of night is awesome, too– it’s all the secrets the dark holds, you know? But dawn is the favorite, for the promise of a new day where anything can happen.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Whoops! Nailed two dragons with one thunderbolt (see above.) Oh! But may I add, a Starbucks hot green tea latte (no foam, no sweetener) is *never* refused?
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Utter silence– which technically doesn’t exist. Noise cancellation headphones come close to getting there.
But for inspiration/editing, music draws out the muse and gets her dancing.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
Hmm . . . a life-long passion for magical things, and the driving need to push past the limits of reality.
-What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Connect with other writers.
My Tribe of author friends have taught me so much; we share our collective knowledge, our talent, and our dreams. They are my mentors, my staunchest supporters, and my guideposts for navigating the world of publishing. Without them I am nothing.
And always keep a pen and paper at hand, especially while sleeping.