A Writer’s Meme

Because I can think of absolutely nothing of interest to post today (and yes, I admit my attention was distracted by finishing Lover Avenged and hunting down some data for the actual paying job), I’m going to do a writer’s meme.

What’s the last thing you wrote? Well I’m assuming that you don’t mean the email I just sent to my boss to let her know that the grant we’ve been working on the last few weeks has been successfully submitted.  So…last night I wrote a scene in which my hero Conall confronts the pack eldyrs about the fact that they have taken his mate and then finds out that they are making her a part of the trial to compete for Alpha.

Was it any good? Concept is good.  It’s pretty bare bones at the moment because it needs some fleshing out with stuff other than dialogue.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? Somewhere I still have the 3 subject spiral bound notebook in which I and my best friend in the 6th grade wrote our first book.

Write poetry? Decidedly no.  I suck at poetry.

Angsty poetry? Again, no.

Favourite genre of writing? I adore writing romantic suspense with really meaty villains.  But I love paranormal romance too.

Most fun character you ever wrote? One of the ones I actually love the most is my heroine’s partner in House of Cards.  He’s just no nonsense, tell it like it is, got her back, no matter what.

Most annoying character you ever wrote? I’m thinking Knox, the villain in Hunted in Shadow.  He annoys me.

Best plot you ever wrote? I’m pretty damn proud of Hunted in Shadow (even though I’m not finished yet)

Coolest plot twist you ever wrote? What I have planned as the twist for the end of Hunted in Shadow is pretty darn cool.

How often do you get writer’s block? It varies.  More often the closer I get to the middle or to the very end of a project.

How do you fix it? I usually do a reread of everything that came before to determine at what point my plot stopped working.  Writer’s block for me usually means that I’m trying to push the story in the wrong direction.

Write fan fiction? No.

Do you type or write by hand? Are you kidding?  Have you SEEN my handwriting?  Typing, definitely.

Do you save everything you write? Mostly.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it? Sure, sometimes.  I have a tangent notebook in which I keep a bunch of unfinished projects that either petered out before completion or were never fully fleshed out to begin with.  You never know what will be the right thing for the next project.

What’s your favourite thing that you’ve written? I’m not really sure.  I love different things about different projects.  They mean different things to me, so I can’t really narrow it down to a favorite.

What’s everyone else’s favourite thing that you’ve written? Not sure.  Depends on who you ask, I guess.

Do you even show people your work? When it’s finished, yes.  Until then usually just my crit partner.

Who’s your favourite constructive critic? My crit partner Pot.

Did you ever write a novel? I’m on my fourth.

Have you ever written fantasy, sci-fi, or horror? Does paranormal count?

Ever written romance or teen angsty drama? Romance.  It’s all about the romance for me.

What’s your favourite setting for your characters? Not sure.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? Inspirational or Christian fiction.

How many writing projects are you working on right now? Officially just one.  But I’ve been doing some work on plotting a few others when I hit a rough patch in HiS.

Do you want to write for a living? Oh please dear God, yes.

Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper? I had several pieces published in the local newspaper back in high school.  The most well received was a total satire about what makes an accomplished woman (according to Darcy’s description) that was making fun of all my contemporaries who paid more attention to how well they could draw bubble letters than actually learning.

Have you ever won an award for your writing? Yes.  I placed in the Gum Tree Youth Writing competition 2 or 3 times in high school.  1st and 3rd as I recall.

Ever written something in script or play format? No.

What are your five favourite words? We want to publish you. Nobody’s said them yet, but they’re totally what would be my favorite five words.

Do you ever write based on yourself? Not usually.

What character that you’ve written most resembles yourself? This is a combination, really.  Kensie from House of Cards was like me in temperament and Lorelei from my Edible Enchantments series is more of the funny side of me.

Where do you get ideas for your other characters? I make them up…

Do you ever write based on your dreams? Loosely.  Hunted in Shadow originally came from a dream, but the book itself doesn’t much resemble the dream.

Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers? Happy endings!  There’s enough sad in the real world.  I don’t want it in my fiction.

Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen? Nope.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write? Uh, yeah.

Ever write something entirely in chatspeak? (How r u?) :shudder:  God no.

Entirely in L337? I don’t even know what that is.

Was that question completely appalling and un-writer like? Yes.

Does music help you write? Sometimes.  I’m a big fan of movie scores.  I can’t listen to stuff with words unless it’s in a language I dont’ speak, or I’ll try to sing instead of write.

Are people surprised and confused when they find out you write well? Not usually.  They seem more surprised that I want to write romance for a living rather than something…you know…practical.

Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind. The sharp scent of whiskey burned his nose, mixing with the pungent odor of stale sweat that permeated the coarse fabric his face was crushed against .  His mouth was cotton-dry, coated with a sour film that he tasted with each inhalation.

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