Everlasting love, now that’s supernatural.
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you want to be an Author?
we called her Mrs. Crabby because, well, she was. She assigned a short story
task, and I worked really hard on it – I did research and everything. When she
handed them back, everyone was talking (or crying) over their grades. Mine
wasn’t graded. Instead, she’d written in red pen: Please see me after school.
Your parents will be joining us. Scariest. Words. Ever. Turns out Mrs. Crabby
was actually not crabby at all..and she believed in me. She encouraged my
parents to put me in creative writing classes and remains one of my biggest
literary cheerleaders. Never underestimate the power of a teacher!
you get the ideas for your writings?
experiences, text from great new research – I love magazines like Mental Health that provide snippets of
science news or unique facts. Sometimes they turn into great stories.
pigeonholed. Which means, I have way
more ideas than time.
the stories you write reflect personal life experiences?
experiences I’ve had, and sometimes, I see elements of those life moments
trickle into my writing. But I’ve used Google for location research – it’s
staggering the level of detail you can find online.
two kinds: heroines that are like me in some way, or kick-ass women I wish I
could be more like. This is especially true for my character Jagger Valentine (www.jaggervalentine.com), who embodies epic fearlessness.
She is the character I have most fun writing, and the character I think I know
the most – not because she’s like me, but because I want to BE her.
to travel. What’s next on your bucket list?
but this year I’m hoping to get to Greece for the Homeric Writer’s Retreat
hosted by Jessica Bell. Of course, seeing Jessica is added incentive since
she’s a dear friend.
write with music?
compilation of songs the character loves, or music that sets a mood. I create
iTunes playlists for every character or book. Often I play them while I am
writing, depending on my mood. But sometimes, the songs create too much of a
distraction. When I do write to music, it’s generally cranked – an effective
way of telling my family I’m “in the zone.”
mentioned you’ll be attending the Homeric Writing Workshop in Greece this year.
What benefits do you receive from attending writing events like this?
people I’ve met through writer’s conferences. Writing can be a lonely
profession, and truthfully, many of my non-writer friends sometimes think I’m a
bit weird. Conferences are a great way to hang out with people who “get” you –
even if they are also a bit weird. <grin>
Second, being around other writers is inspirational and motivating. I love
writing, but it’s still a struggle for me to turn on that computer every day.
everything…even if they think they
your favorite place to go when you’re writing?
Alberta is known for beautiful summer storms, and I love to watch the
lightening show through the windows around me.
If I can’t be in my sunroom, I prefer coffee shops or small pubs. But have been
known to whip out my laptop in the middle of a mall if inspiration strikes.
a variety of genres, for adults and youth. Of all the things you write, what do
you enjoy writing the most?
variety of genres and age categories, but I wouldn’t take on anything that
didn’t genuinely interest me.
quickly – which means I can have many projects on the go without getting
lost…and thus avoid writer’s block on any particular WIP.
techniques. Sometimes I even pine for my old reporting career and take on some
interview jobs to keep those skills fresh.
read a lot?
married my high school sweetheart, moved out into the country (and work in the
city), and taken on a 13-year old stepdaughter. I love my life – but it can get
hectic. Often I have to choose between reading and writing, and 80% of the
time, writing wins out.
blogging about each of the books I’ve read as part of a challenge my friend and
I issued each other – to read 100 books in 2012.
to be ashamed of.
your favorite types of books to read and your favorite authors?
to list. I can tell you some of the books that have impacted me, though.
being Chelsea Cain. She’s brilliant.
versatility and kick-ass heroes (though Sandra Brown’s romance is a very close
And Laini Taylor is mind-boggling good. So many great YA titles in the past few
years…it’s hard to nail it down.
ways do you reward yourself for a published book?
document for a book I promised myself I wouldn’t start until the current WIP
was finished. It takes GREAT willpower for me not to start something new.
film is as important as reading, especially since I am working on a couple of
hobbies do you have?
love camping and fishing with my husband, biking and hiking, and I’m just
learning how to cook beyond the basics. There’s something very satisfying about
creating a gourmet meal.
could spend the day with someone who would it be? (Dead or Alive)
me, but I’m going with Ian Somerhalder, the sexy Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries. Every Monday on my
blog I post a muse avatar…he’s more often than not my muse for the week. A
close second would be Kiefer Sutherland, who I think is brilliant on MANY
What advice would you give to new and upcoming authors?
storytelling, that’s a good start. But it isn’t enough. Raw talent will only
get you so far.
practice by sitting your butt in the chair and defeating that blank page. Every day. Or as many days as possible. (Though Stephen King says he doesn’t even
take his birthday off…)
good at writing by being told how good a writer they are.” The advice seemed
harsh back when I was begging for his praise, but it makes sense now. Sometimes
we become complacent.
– including awesome summer camps like YouthWrite or InkPulse in Alberta.
Students (of all ages) should always be open to learning.
writers are always great readers. There really are no exceptions. Carry a book
in your bag at all times, and don’t be afraid to experiment. I love a great
thriller or paranormal romance, but I can get just as wrapped up in a
well-written romance, or a great memoir about writing. One of the best books on
craft is Stephen King’s On Writing.
crap. Not every word you write will be perfect prose, or worthy of keeping –
but a bad paragraph can be fixed. Not much can be done to a blank page. Write
your first draft with your heart. Your second with your brain.