Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Romance Weekly: #LoveWriteChat

I can't believe it's already Tuesday again. You know what that means? Yep! Yours truly will answer three more delicious questions about life as a writer. If you found yourself here by way of J.J. Devine's website, welcome. I hope you'll kick off your shoes and stay awhile. This week's questions come from Amy Jarecki

1. When did you start writing, and why?
I can't even recall a time when I didn't love to write. There were tons of angsty teenage love poems, and a slew of feminist college psych papers, and weird plays, but I supposed I began writing in earnest when I was bored at work in my mid 20's. For a time, I was a secretary for the Probation Department. My boss retired in October.  When the powers that be finally appointed a new boss for me, it turned out he didn't need me anymore. He had his own secretary! With nothing to do from October to June, I did an awful lot of writing. It was good, clean fun, and wouldn't get me arrested. 

Once I began teaching, my writing slowed down as I turned my writing skills to writing lesson plans. Those of you who are teachers know what I mean. Six years later, as I prepared to switch school districts, I began writing again. The school year was coming to an end, and I couldn't begin planning for the next year yet, so writing became my creative outlet. My co-workers just didn't have the good sense to refrain from egging me on. They kept begging for more chapters. Before I knew it, my debut novel was done. Rough, but done. 

2. What do you like best about writing?
I love being able to lose myself in a fantasy world of my making. I get wrapped up in the emotions of each scene. Unfortunately for my hubby, that means I get really cranky when my characters are in danger, and I get clingy when my heroine is trying to win the hero's love. It drives him nuts. And somehow he always seems to know when I'm writing a sex scene. He calls it his fringe benefit for putting up with me. Whatever keeps him happy. 

3. If you could go on a writing retreat, where would you go and for how long?
Somewhere by the ocean for a few weeks.

Or wait. Somewhere in Vermont in the fall months. 

Ooh! Or better yet, Montana in a cabin by a lake for the winter or spring. 

Honestly I'd love to write an entire manuscript while on location anywhere but SoCal. I could truly experience the sights and sounds and smells of the setting. I'm sure my editor would thank me for my valiant efforts at world-building. I could write the trip off on my taxes, right?

Likes what you read? Come back next week to visit and I'll be right here with my answers to three more exciting questions. Next up on the blog tour is Katherine Givens


  1. Husbands seem to have a sixth sense about these things

  2. Oh, Montana, yes!! Now I could get some writing done there.

  3. I would love to write on location that would be awesome!!! Loved your blog!!!

  4. It's amazing to see our writing grow, I cringe when I look back on my teenage angsty stuff, but I like to see how far I've come :D

  5. Love that shot of the cabin and stream - I could definitely write there. And I'm thinking my husband probably knows how the book is going by my actions, too.