Q: What is your writing day like?
A: That’s hard to predict. I de-structured my life, so I may put in several hours, just taking small breaks. If I’m on deadline, I might work until midnight. Other days I don’t write at all. But if I’m doing something that doesn’t require much thought, like housework, I’ve probably got a story coming together in my head. Then that leads to a marathon session at the computer.
Q: What do you mean, you de-structured your life?
A: Well, I used to live by a clock and a list. Okay, now it’s time to do this. Oops, time to start that! Darn, I didn’t get that done! Then I’d beat myself up when I didn’t get everything done when I planned to get it done. I threw out the clock and kept the list. Now I’m not breathlessly running day in and day out. I cross things off my list as I do them. Those things I don’t get done I just move to the next day. Now I’ve got time to kick back with some green tea and a good book!
Q: Do you work from an outline?
A: You know, I tried that. I couldn’t make it work for me. I couldn’t see far enough ahead in the story to know exactly how it was going to go. I generally have bits and pieces to work with, like the beginning, or a piece or two in the middle, and the end. I begin connecting the pieces and after awhile I start to see the whole picture. I guess it’s more like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I try this piece or that one and eventually the story comes together.
Q: Do you like jigsaw puzzles?
A: Yeah, I do! You’ve heard of intuitive acting and method acting? Well, I’m not a method writer.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Oh, yeah. Growing up, I was always reading. It was like being able to visit different exotic worlds and after an adventure or two, I’d go home again. I wanted to do that, to create those places that people wanted to visit.
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