How do you decide which project to work on?
It varies. Often someone will tell me they think I should work on this and such project, and other times inspiration is so strong I can’t help but work on a certain book. But things such as seasons, schedules, and stages of life factor in.
How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
It all depends on the project. My fastest full-length novel was two weeks. Some stories I come back to annually, adding a bit more each time. On average, I would say 2-3 months.
Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Unless I’m super exhausted, the writing mood is my default. However, for certain projects, I like to find a certain place to set up shop with a drink and my story playlist near to hand. With that, I can conquer most things.
What time of day do you write best?
Early morning! Alas, I almost never get to write then. But honestly, I can make any time of day work well, as long as I’m not in danger of falling asleep!
Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Rosemary Sutcliff. I am sure I’m missing someone, I just can’t think of who right now.
Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
I have been telling stories since before I could read, so when I hit about thirteen or fourteen, it was a natural progression. I keep writing because I love it, and I am not sure that I could stop. Also, #purpose.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
I wrote a couple character deaths that I really didn’t want to write. I refuse to take death lightly, even in fiction. That’s probably the hardest thing.
Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
I have a tome stewing in my head set during the American Revolution with a plot and characters that resemble a Dickens novel. I don’t think I’m ready for that yet.
What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
-Edit and send Crowning Heaven to an editor
-Write Rising Thunder (American Revolution hist. fic.)
-Finish Run From Doncrow (dystopian)
-Write Kill the Dawn (Nordic fantasy retelling of Hamlet)
I have finished Rising Thunder, Run From Doncrow is over halfway, and there’s lots of time for Kill the Dawn. Crowning Heaven is partway through edits, and I am hoping to send it to an editor in the fall!
Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
Credit to Cait @ Paper Fury for this tag!
4 thoughts on “Beautiful People: The Writing Process”
I enjoyed learning a bit about you and your remarkable writing goals. Keep writing!
Thank you so much!
This was so interesting to learn more about you and your writing process! If your writing is anything like Rosemary Sutcliff, then it’s automatically amazing 🙂 Ahhhh I really want to read something of yours now!
Aww, thank you! Well, I am hoping to do a snippets post soon, so maybe you will get a sample! 🙂