Author Q & A
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
That was a sort of slow shift for me. I mean, I started writing pieces of significant length in 2004 but really did so without any specific “I want to be a writer” aim. I was just compelled to try it out, I suppose. At that time, what I really wanted to be (and still do!) was/is an animator. But both are storytellers so it's not that big a leap. I think I finally knew what I wanted when it came clear to me that my work is actually publishable. Then I found that I had a burning desire to keep going with it, wanting to add to libraries rather than just “worship” them as a reader.
Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
Before you read this answer, remember this question cites unlimited resources. . . My answer presumes unlimited patience from my family, as well. That said, there are a handful of places that I've been that would be really interesting places to write and it'd be lovely to have access to each as the impulse takes me. Ideally, I'd like to take a bit of time and write from Santa Fe, NM, up where even the heady smell of books pales in comparison to the piñon-sweet air. I'd like some time in Boston by the gas light district. I'd like to try to write an entire novel while sailing from Point A to Point B . . . I think keeping things fresh and adventurous is my ideal.
Where do you actually write? Do you write on a schedule?
I actually spend a lot of my writing time in a big, orange, overstuffed armchair. Or, if I need a little more 'action' around me, I head off to a coffee shop to immerse myself in a slice of Life. As for any sort of schedule, I don't have set hours or word counts or anything—that tends to mess with my muse's office hours. Sometimes there are publishing deadlines to keep but that's as tangibly schedule-y as I get.
What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?
Deadlines. :) More seriously, though, early on I feared that I'd only ever have One Good Idea. I now have a pile of “Work in Progress” manuscripts sitting on my hard drive and they cover a host of different genres and intended audiences. It is now almost impossible for me to hit a wall because of the breadth of those projects. So if I bump up against something in a project that seems unsolvable, I take a step back and work on something else until I lose my frustration at the first roadblock. I do admit that it takes some discipline to keep from bouncing aimlessly between projects. So my power is persistence, even if it involves a writing detour.
Name one entity that you feel supported your writing, outside of family members.
Xchyler Publishing. Truly. Until they came along and said “Yup. We can publish you” I really was just dabbling. They took me from being a writer to an author, from a hobbyist to someone who wants to actually make a go of this whole book thing.
--> Just for fun nerd list:
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars (Though I am a sucker for Voyager.)
Hunger Games or Divergent?
Neither? I know that sounds terrible. I just never got into the 'dystopian' thing. Too intense for me.
James Bond or Jack Ryan?
Erm, *embarrassed blush* I haven't ever read or seen a James Bond novel or movie and actually had to Google “Jack Ryan” to find out who that was.
Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch?
Jeremy Brett. :)
Spock: Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto?
X-Men or Avengers?
That has changed for me very recently, actually. Avengers now has the lead because of the excellence of the recent movies—great dynamics.
Aliens or Predators?
Cue another embarrassed blush . . . Complete and total unfamiliarity here for me.
Minions or Penguins?
Batman or Superman?
Batman *But only because he has such cool toys!
Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean?
That's a tough one because I never really got into Harry Potter in the way that I'm sure this question is asking about and I loved “Pirates” so long as we stick only to the first movie.
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Peter Jackson or James Cameron?
Peter Jackson. But only because I am largely unfamiliar with the main body of James Cameron's work.
Steven Spielberg or George Lucas?
Vampires or Werewolves?
LARP or MORPG?
LARP – always wanted to try one.
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