I'm taking part in this month-long event run by the gorgeous Deana Barnhart. The first event is this one, a meet and greet bloghop where all the participants can, well, y'know, meet and greet each other. So I'm going to answer a few questions Deana helpfully supplied...
-Where do you write?
I usually write at home, in my dining room. But in the middle of winter (no central heating), or when I'm really struggling to focus, I have a table I like to use at the public library.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The dining room table. Which is, for once, not covered in a week's worth of clutter since I did the housework this morning.
-Favorite time to write?
Any time I can get. With a full time job and two young kids, I grab whatever scraps of time I can get to write. I prefer evenings though (I'm a night owl), but since I work a lot of nights, and often have functions to go to, I get up at 5:30 every weekday morning so I can get an hour and a half in before the kids get up.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Red wine at night, but not too much of it or I can't type straight. Green tea any other time.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
It really depends what I'm working on. I find some books need a soundtrack, while others need quiet. I prefer music without lyrics when I'm writing though, or music with lyrics in foreign languages.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
The book I'm working on now, The Sidewalk's Regrets, came to me almost fully formed after I saw a documentary about a musician friend of mine. His ex-girlfriend said something, just a single line amongst many others, that struck a real chord in me. And by the next day I knew what my next book was.
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Keep writing. If you get stuck, write yourself a note in the manuscript and move on to the next part you know. And if you get really stuck, set that project aside for a few days while you work on something else. You'll come unstuck.
So, that's me! I hope to pop around and see as many other participants as I can, so I hope to see you all!