For those of you with school age children/grandchildren – are you celebrating having the house to yourself after the summer holiday/vacation? Do you plunge right back into your current manuscript or have some downtime to refresh?
Last week’s question: Do you incorporate politics and/or religion into your stories? What is the reason?
I have used a matriarchal society in my novel, Life in Slake Patch as the background to a young man’s life in that regime. It was interesting to write about the influences and attitudes of a different society. In contrast my novel, The Twesome Loop, which covers two time periods, shows the patriarchal suppression in the 1800’s.
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As writers we are also avid readers, not only for pleasure but for research for our story line, be it historical, geographical or even the specifics of a particular genre.
What books do you keep for sentimental reasons? Is it a childhood story book, your first writing craft textbook or something else.
I’m not talking about our burgeoning bookcase horde but particular books that you love for the memories they evoke.
I have several older books (although some were lost when I immigrated to Canada unfortunately). Grey Rabbit as you can see from the impression dates was first published in 1948. The Hiawatha book was a prize for a national art competition, my first grand prize. And the last book is about my birth place.
Why not share your oldest and most loved books in the comments?
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
I have just returned from a five day writing retreat in the Rocky mountains. It occurred to me that we (writers) all enjoy escaping every day life to write. So today’s question is: Where is your perfect writing retreat?
Would you prefer mountain or forest cabin, or a beach house or somewhere else? Would you go alone or within a group?
Last week’s question: How did you build your author platform? Was it by personal effort or did you have professional help?