Welcome to the Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
. Where do you usually write? What’s your ideal setting to write in?
I have a home office, and to write I really need everyone out of the house. I don’t mind background noise like the washing machine, but I can’t have people around at all. Not even if they’re being quiet. My favorite thing, though, is to take a writing trip away somewhere and hole up and be alone for a couple weeks.
I usually write in either the rocking chair in our living room, or at the dining room table. (Both spots are close enough to plug in my laptop.) It’s rarely quiet when I write, usually there are kids running around, interrupting me. My ideal setting would be . . . hmm, can I say a cute, quiet cottage in England just because that’s somewhere I’d like to go? The spot doesn’t really matter to me. I just need more time.
I currently have my own writing office tucked in one end of the house away from all the chaos. I know, spoiled much? Music is a must! The M83 station on Pandora is my favorite, although I’ll also build playlists for certain books. And Diet Coke. Always Diet Coke. My dream is to one day have my own, private, secret garden with a water feature and rustic walls and planters surrounding me…overflowing with fragrant and sprawling greenery. Sigh.
I don’t really have one place I write, it changes a lot. One thing that doesn’t change is that it has to be quiet. If it’s noisy at all I can’t concentrate. My dream place to write wouldn’t be anything fancy, it’d just distract me. I’d be thrilled to have some place comfortable and quiet, wherever that may be.
Julie Sondra Decker
I’m lucky because my favorite setting to write in is the one I’ve actually got. It involves sitting at home at my desk using my desktop computer. I need silence–no music, no annoying noises outside, and there BETTER not be anyone trying to talk to me. (I live alone so usually that’s not a problem.) I usually do have a drink to sip on but I don’t eat while writing. (Sometimes I forget to eat all day.) Ideally in the future I might like to do some writing on a porch, though, if I ever have a house with an open-air screened-in porch (and a laptop computer, which I don’t own). It’s really refreshing to be outside with a coffee and bright light and a breeze.
I usually write in my bedroom, on my bed. It’s the most comfortable place in my house, so it’s where I always go to work. Setting depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I need music or the background noise of the TV, but if I’m writing something with lots of emotion, I need quiet. The best place I’ve ever written was in a hotel bar, overlooking the sea. If I could write there always, I’d be VERY happy!
I have a home office space. For editing I need silence and for drafting and revising I listen to my favorite music. I have water or Coke on my desk most of the time. I’d love to write in a cabin by a lake and mountain one day. That would be a great view.
Where do you write?
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If you haven’t read any Kelley York books yet, you’re totally missing out. She writes emotionally charged contemporary young adult novels that you must read. She has a new story coming out this winter, and you should definitely add it to your to-read list.
All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.
Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body convinced they’re hooking up…and a lot of girls aren’t happy about it. Rumors are flying about “Dirty London” and her inability to keep her clothes on, and London is pretty sure she’s developing a crush on the only girl who sees through it all.
If she could admit why stealing boyfriends is the last thing on her mind—not to mention find out what’s going on with Jasmine and her rapidly disappearing psych medications—her life would be a much brighter place. But if her and Wade’s truth gets out, and if she doesn’t find a way to help her sister, London faces losing a lot more than her obscurity.
Release date: February 2014 (tentatively)
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Kelley York was born in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or to at least write about them.
Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
I apologize if the blog looks goofy. I’m trying to figure out why this is happening.
Today I’ve got someone fun here to talk about writing novellas versus novels. Rachel Schieffelbein just released her second novella, Run for the Roses, a super-sweet fun story that takes place during a horse showing competition.
So I’ll turn it over to Rachel now, and then you can see more about her story at the end. Welcome Rachel.
Suzi asked me to talk some about writing novellas, what I like about them, which is easier-novels or novellas, and other such things.
First off, as far as which is easier, I think it just depends on the writer. For me writing novellas and short stories has been easier, I like to keep things focused and get to the point. But I know others who have a hard time keeping their word counts short enough for novels even, so it all depends.
I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons I enjoy writing novellas is that they are faster. There’s never any instant gratification in the world of writing, but novellas get you there faster. It’s like knitting a washcloth versus knitting a blanket. Sometimes you just need a project you can finish.
I do have a few novels I’m working on as well, and it has definitely been fun filling out the characters and storylines a lot more. When you have characters you love, it’s really nice to get to spend more time with them. But I will continue writing novellas and short stories as well, when I’m just not in the mood to knit a whole blanket.
I wrote one NA novella, but right now it’s just sitting, tucked away into a deep dark folder on my computer. Sometime it may see the light of day, when I have time to get there. But I think I’d enjoy writing novellas. Just haven’t had any ideas except for that first one.
Thanks, Rachel, for stopping by. And now, here’s all the info on Rachel’s newest release.
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Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein
Published by Swoon Romance
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys — much less date!
Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.
Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail’s biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail’s biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?
With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.