How did you get your agent?
I met my agent, Carrie Howland, on Twitter! We both participated in #PitMad, a Twitter pitch contest hosted by Brenda Drake. Her favorite turned into a 50 page request turned into a full request turned into THE CALL within five days.
To learn more about how you can meet an agent via #PitMad, read this post by author Diana Urban.
What happened to the first novel you wrote?
Nothing! The novel you’re referring to is the YA paranormal during NaNoWriMo. I revised it extensively, and began the process of finding an agent. At the same time, I had the idea for ARROWS, and started working on that right away, which is probably the best advice I can give writers: Write the next book!
Do you have any other books in progress?
Yes! A young adult historical and a young adult contemporary.
Where do you get your ideas?
Life. Travel. Friends. Family. Naps.
How do you stay motivated to write?
I have weird daily rewards that keep me going, like:
“Write for 30 minutes, and then you can take a walk!”
“Finish revising four chapters, and then you can pick up your stepson’s party supplies for his birthday this weekend!”
If I’m really stuck, I use TickTockTimer and write for a minimum of 30 minutes (because anyone can do that). Also, I listen to music.
What is your typical day like?
I drink that while I meditate or practice yoga (usually less than ten minutes). I love lists, and write one each morning with my to-dos.
Most of my writing is done in the morning and early afternoon. Obviously, the beauty of being my own boss is that I can binge-write as needed, or take a vacation day, too. (My boss is cool like that.)
Evenings are for family and friends. I’m the oldest of six siblings, and two of my sisters live in town along with my precious niece, who gives me endless joy.
What are some author resources?
- SCBWI – I am a member. If you write for children and teens, you should be, too.
- Plot Whisperer – Really great story basics that are easy to understand.
- Rate Your Story – Free and paid options for story ratings. I am a volunteer judge!
Should I quit my day job to write books?
I don’t know.
I made the decision with the full support of my husband, but it wasn’t without a lot of hard work on both of our parts. Choose wisely. The path is not all rainbows and unicorns.
Are you a writer because other people in your life totally “get it?”
Where can I buy ARROWS?