Well… hello, all!
So, I just came across something very awesome – GUTGAA (Gearing Up to Get an Agent) hosted by Deana Barnhart. I was pretty nervous to sign up (which I just did yesterday) but thought, “Hm. Well, I do want an agent… And I do want to meet other writers like me… So, what do I have to lose?” So, I signed up!
I’m so glad (excited and nervous still) to participate in the bloghop. Go here to see everyone who is participating. This is going to be so much fun! 🙂
So, a little about me…
I am 29-years old (often mistaken for 18) and the mother of a fearless (except for bees), acrobatic 2-year old girl. I write fantasy (mostly YA paranormal romance) and am currently querying my novel TERRA INCOGNITA to agents… not going so well yet. I studied art (with a mix of art history and creative writing) in college and love drawing scenes and characters from my own stories. I’m a progressively worsening klutz and always hurting myself… and I like baking, storms, rainbows, and photography.
And now, to answer the “Meet and Greet” questions:
–Where do you write? Wherever I can… I always carry a notebook (various sizes) with me. At home, I have two main places. If I really need quiet and solitude to focus, I lock myself in the little office I have set up in my bedroom. But, mostly, I sit in the living room, on the couch, while my 2-year old watches Nick, Jr.
–Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? There is a cat on my kitchen table. A very large, sleeping cat. If he gets any larger, he will have to diet. I know, very unsanitary… but it beats the times when there are two cats sleeping on said table.
–Favorite time to write? First thing in the morning (because it’s often the first thing I think about) after feeding my daughter, my animal friends, and myself… OR late at night, when I feel more creative.
–Drink of choice while writing? Definitely water… which, most of the time, I forget is even there. If it’s cold out, I might drink hot cocoa or tea… Mmm… I’m ready for cold weather.
–When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I do better with silence when writing (can only listen to music when working on visual art) though I am getting much better at writing with Nick, Jr. on the TV. 🙂 Music, however, is a must for inspiration before I write.
–What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? My dreams are most often my inspiration, as with my first manuscript… but music has recently been inspiring my work… My latest idea (I’m only just beginning the research phase) was partially inspired by a song called “I Believe in You” by Don Williams, specifically by the line “I believe in magic.” It made me think of romance, magic, and cowboys (since the song is an older country song)… and the rest is top secret, for now. 🙂
–What’s your most valuable writing tip? Well, there are so many great writing tips out there… so I’ll stick with the most basic. Make time to write when/wherever you can. Keep pen and paper with you at all times. That way you’re always ready. When inspiration (or boredom) strikes, write! Eh, it’s obvious but valuable… I think.