Definitely a little late to the ‘Author Tag’ party, but I thought what the hell, get it posted. (I wrote it months ago. when my procrastination was at all time high.)
So here goes.
1. Where’s your favorite place to write?
My office. I can put on my headphones and shut the door. I use to write at the kitchen table or in my bedroom, however, there were too many distractions. The coffee pot, my children, and my two labrador fur babies being the worse offenders.
2. Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Although, I do drink Earl Grey, Green or Red tea on occasion. I am trying to drink less coffee, especially later in the day. It hasn’t gone well so far.
3. Favorite book of all time?
To be honest, I haven’t got a favorite. I love so many books, it is hard to narrow down to one.
4. NaNoWriMo: Yes or No?
For me personally, No. That is not to say that I don’t believe it benefits the people who participate in it. Let’s face it, anything that gets our creative juices following and sitting down to write has to be a good thing. However, as someone who is a full-time writer, I cannot see the benefits in it for me.
5. Genre you would write if you had no restrictions?
My first answer was going to be Fantasy or even Sci-fi. However, it might be cool to write an adult contemporary romance, that would be kind of fun, if I had no restrictions.
6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To control the weather. I live in the North East of Scotland, which has pretty much all four seasons in a day. It would be wonderful to have a few months of good weather in the summer and snow in the winter. Although, not too much.
7. Favorite author?
Again, I don’t have one single favorite author. There are too many authors out there past and present who have written wonderful books.
8. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to music, so it could be pop, rock, country. It very much depends on the mood of the scene I am writing. I find I am most productive when listening to music, it helps me focus on only what I am doing.
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Wow, that is a tough one. There are parts of the U.S I just love. Upstate NY being one of them, but the extreme winters would probably cripple me. So, I would probably settle for somewhere like California or even Paris, which I have been a lot over the course of my life.
10. What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I don’t tend to get writer’s block per se. I do have moments if I am tired or the children have been giving me issues, where my brain says ‘No more’. What I do in that case is go back to my outline, character maps, world history and plot/subplot timeline and see if there’s anything I have missed. I find going over the outline, sometimes jogs my memory in what I wanted to achieve with that particular piece of writing or that particular scene.
Then I go back to the scene/chapter I am working on and ask myself, has it served what I wanted it to say and is it driving the plot forward. If it has, I move on, if it hasn’t I go back to the outline and either make some changes or add to it.