This week begins Gearing up to Get an Agent Blogfest. Thanks to Deana Barnhart for organizing the event for everyone. This is Meet and Greet Week so a bit about me. I write YA science fiction and adult mysteries. My day job is college professor, and I earned my writing degree from the University of Nebraska. My critique partners, Natasha Hanova and Leatrice McKinney, have both had success this year landing a book with a small publisher and an agent respectively. I’ll be pitching my YA, THE G.A.P. PROJECT, in the Pitchfest.
Where do you write: We recently moved and I’m in transition so wherever I can find a place. Sometimes in my office at the college, sometimes in the living room at my sister-in-law’s house. Even at our ranch while watching the horses play is a good writing place. I’ve been known to sit in my car at the park on a mild day. All I need is paper and pen or my lap top and I can go.
Favorite time to write: I actually don’t have one. Sometimes I write during the day, sometimes at night. I write when I can shove writing time into my day.
Drink of choice while writing: Boring….I’m a tea person. I drink a lot of it.
When you write do you use music or do you need complete silence? I have specific music for each of my main characters so when I write those characters, I use their music. In my adult mystery, Rami Amato, the Native Samoan detective, is a huge Patsy Cline fan. Sam Dakota, the lawyer, is a jazz fan. Listening to their music, keeps me in their heads when I’m writing.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? A Native American male I saw in my QuikTrip inspired The Drought of Sam Dakota. He was there with a small boy and he fascinated me. My grandmother is NA and I envisioned an ancestor who looked as this man did. Moreover, the interaction with he and the boy was sweet. Okay, the fact that he was incredibly hot, caught my attention, also. Next thing I knew, Sam Dakota lawyer/child advocate was born.
Writing tip: There are so many tips out there that I’m not sure I can add anything new to the mix. There are so many wonderful books. Definitely, Stephen King’s On Writing, and The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. However, one of the best for breaking down the art of craft into master’s level lessons for me is Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway.
Looking forward to meeting more GUTGAA bloggers!