- Win a copy of LET THE REASON BE LOVE by Merrill Osmond (Ends 9/14)
- Win a copy of NOLICHUCK by Jackson Keene (Ends 9/17)
- Book Review: ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick
I know I'm a little late getting into the game, but I am excited to participate in this year's GUTGAA! Here is my "Mini-Bio" and "Meet and Greet" questionnaire:
I am thrilled to be able to call myself a published author. My debut novel, The Rock of Ivanore, came out in May with Tanglewood Press. I spent about fifteen years writing for magazines and newspaper, two years as an editor for Mapletree Press, and eight years as a creative writing instructor. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Creative Writing at California State University at Northridge. I am also the mother of five amazing kids ranging in age from 18 down to 4.
Where do you write? I have my special chair (that NO ONE but me is allowed to sit in) at my desk in my bedroom. I sit in the chair with my feet on my bed and my computer on my lap.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My open bedroom door, across the hall into my son's room. It's messy. As usual.
Favorite time to write? Late at night when all the kidlets are asleep.
Drink of choice while writing? I don't drink anything while I write, but I do sneak into my chocolate stash from time to time.
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? Utter, complete silence. Such a rare commodity.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? There was quite a debate recently between pantsers and plotters. I have always been a plotter, writing detailed outlines before writing the first word of a manuscript. So I decided to try an experiment and see if I could write a book without any sort of outline. I set a goal to write a complete 60,000 YA thriller over the summer, and I did it!!! I guess I am a plotter AND a pantser now.
What's your most valuable writing tip? Write, write, write! Never stop!