As you can see I ave been bust enjoying our road trip and did not schedule this post, so apologies for being late today. As writers we gain inspiration in numerous ways, so the question today is. What has been the most inspirational or fact finding trip you have taken?
The photo is of money from around the world found in a small hamlet pub on our trip this week.
Last week’s question: Where would you go for the perfect writing retreat?
Pamela Allegretto The island of Capri at the top of Anacapri.
Bren Leyland Oxford. Or a room that overlooks a green space or garden.
Mandy Eve-Barnett It will come as no surprise that I would choose Rome or beside an ocean.
On the cusp of my week long writing road trip, today’s question is: Where would you go for the perfect writing retreat?
My answer is probably predictable for those who know me – I would go to Rome.
Last week’s question When crafting a new story – what works best for you, laptop, fountain pen, dictation, or longhand? certainly hit a note with many of you, although the answers went to my Facebook author page. However, here they are:
Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?
I’m just editing my second book. It features Piper, one of the secondary characters in Raincheck but can be read as a stand alone.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
Laina is my favorite. She’s the best friend and is funny, fiery and not afraid to speak her mind.
Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
So far I’ve only writing romance. I would like to branch out eventually.
Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I’m a total pantser! I ended up rewriting half of Raincheck and am doing the same for my new novel. Something to be said for planning but I like to see where the story takes me.
What is your best marketing tip?
Good question. I would say network with other authors, bloggers and reviewers. Word of mouth goes a long way and is free.
Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?
I like social media for connecting with other authors, bloggers, reviewers and readers but find that it can be time consuming. I think the trick is to set a time limit for how long you spend on social media each week.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The ability to create something amazing from absolutely nothing.
What genre are you currently reading?
Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
My friend and fellow author Laura M. Baird. I met her through our shared publisher and we’ve become fast friends and cheerleaders for each other.
Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I belong to CaRWA, the Calgary chapter of Romance Writers Association and to RWA.
If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?
Margaret Atwood. I love her stories and the way she crafts them. I discovered her when I was in University and love her ever since. Plus she’s a fellow Canadian.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Either in the mountains in British Columbia or on a beach somewhere.
Do you see writing as a career?
That would be lovely, but I’m not expecting it.
Marlo is a Canadian girl, fond of the rolling prairies and majestic mountains close to her city home. And, of course, hockey, maple syrup and saying ‘eh.’ Working in healthcare for over a decade, Marlo believes that laughter is the best medicine and tries to put it to good use in her writing and at work.
This week’s question: When crafting a new story – what works best for you, laptop, fountain pen, dictation, or longhand?
For me, I write best on a laptop as it is the fastest option to free flow my words. What about you?
Last week’s question: What is your motivation for writing more?
My reply is that I have so many stories tumbling around in my head, I have to keep writing to get them all out. Many of you know I only began ‘writing’ when I came to Canada so I’m now making up for ‘lost’ time! I have always been creative but for whatever reason I had never written ‘stories’ before for the explicit reason of allowing other people to read them. Mandy Eve-Barnett