Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thanks, Travis! And Now, More About Me

So I was surfing the net, visited Travis Erwin's blog and promptly decided to borrow this:

1)What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
My Blarney Stone Examiner article. The Illusive Intruders, a 7th/8th grade suspense story about 5 kids solving a mystery and the bad guys who "ran pretty fast for 30-year-olds."

2) Write poetry?
Not if I can help it.

3) Angsty poetry?
In high school and college.

4) Favorite genre of writing?
Romantic suspense.

5) Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Jared, a cop in Boston. Never did finish that story.

6) Best plot you’ve ever created?
Probably Her Highland Champion, a Scottish short contemp I'm working on now. I think it's the first story that has a solid story before the rough draft is complete. Or maybe I just plotted it well.

A successful mystery writer with a proposal meets his tour guide, a self-proclaimed ugly duckling who'd rather escort him right back to the airport.

7) Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
I still love the plot twist where an American ESL teacher working in Thailand gets caught up in human slave trading.

8)How often do you get writer’s block?
Every book.

9) Write fan fiction?
Not any more. My 1st completed story was A-Team fan fiction when I was in middle school.

10) Do you type or write by hand?
Both. I start writing by hand and then as I get closer to finishing I spend more and more time typing.

11) Do you save everything you write?
Almost everything.

12) Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
Yep, all the story/scene ideas I've had that haven't found a home are sitting in a file waiting for a home.

13) What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
A short story about an American grandmother telling her grandkids at Christmas time how she met their Scottish grandfather.

14) What’s everyone else’s favorite story you’ve written?
I've had people tell me they loved the ESL teacher in Thailand story and my 1st Scottish story, Fractured Paradise. I've also had friends say they can't wait for me to finish one story I've plotted, Her Reluctant Partner.

15) Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Romantic suspense and short contemporary romances are pretty much all I write.

16) What’s your favorite setting for your characters?

17) How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I just entered a contest with 2, but I'm not writing much because I'm trying to rearrange my life this spring so I can spend more time on my writing.

18) Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Yes-RWA chapter contests

19) What are your five favorite words?
We're offering you a contract.

20) What character have you created that is most like yourself?
I'm a part of each heroine. I'm probably most like my character Bridget Grainger,(heroine in Her Highland Champion) although I'm still writing her story so she may not be much like me.

21) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?
Everywhere. Real life, movies, TV, music.

22) Do you ever write based on your dreams?

23) Do you favor happy endings?

24) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Not in the first few drafts, but definitely before I send it to anyone else.

25) Does music help you write?
Absolutely and usually I end up with a soundtrack for each book.

26) Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops in your head.
"Samantha Maitland had traded the gates of hell for the devil’s own fireplace. She was sure of it. Two weeks ago she wouldn’t have believed it. But here she was thousands of miles away from everyone she knew and loved, suffering in an outfit that made her look like an extra in a Victorian movie. What in the world had she been thinking when she accepted this job?" (1st paragraph from Survival 101, the ESL teacher in Thailand story.)

Lenten running total: $6.70

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