I am a teacher turned human development specialist (a.k.a. full-time Mom) except for 1-3pm and Wednesday evenings when I work on humorous picture books and a middle grade series about a tomboy. I also enjoy making up new words, blogging about the craft (ta-da), and ending an occasional sentence, like any true Pittsburgher, with a preposition.
Meet and Greet
“Mum, go away,” Mister tells me and assumes his pooping stance in his favorite spot. Determined not to make potty training feel like torture for either of us (and he’s only 21 months old anyway), I retreat to the kitchen to let him do his dooty.
I ignore the dirty dishes and a stubborn stain on the floor with relatively little guilt and pick up my phone. I flick through my friends’ Facebook updates: cute kid picture, inspirational quote, gripe about work…then I see a post from the insanely informative author I know (ahem, Sarah Perry).
“Gearing Up To Get An Agent…see you there?” it reads. I’m intrigued. I’ve been gearing up to get an agent for months. This sounds like an opportunity.
I click on Sarah’s link and read the information. Blog hop, pitch contest, query help…it all sounds good to me, even if most of the agents do represent YA ( a genre I can’t say I write, yet). Thinking about what little I’ve got to lose, I sign up. Agents, here I come.
Today marks the beginning of the GUTGAA blog hop. Check out the questions and my answers below:
Questions for the Meet and Greet
-Where do you write?
It used to be that I wrote in one spot on my “Front Room” ‘s window seat (see a picture of it here) at the same time every day facing the same direction with the same pencil. Then I had a kid. Now I write wherever I can.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A stuffed gorilla that used to be my husband’s and is now the only object to which my aggressive cat shows affection.
-Favorite time to write?
When an idea strikes me. Especially when the idea strikes while Mister isn’t hanging on my leg.
-Drink of choice while writing?
My own mixture of store brand, off-brand hazelnut flavored, and Chicory coffee in my travel mug so I don’t spill.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I prefer silence, but I’m learning to adapt to that too.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
There are lots of misconceptions about stay-at-home mothers. I thought I might have a little fun, in the form of adult non-fiction, debunking those misconceptions with my own reflections on motherhood.
-What’s your most valuable writing tip?
I’m learning that writing, just like any form of art probably, is a delicate balance between planning and letting the craft take you where it wants to go. So, my tip would be to do both. Write the outlines. Map the plot. But don’t be afraid if your writing seems to want to go elsewhere. Follow it. And if it stinks, you can always delete it later.
Since the blog is usually about questions (Monday) and answers (Friday), please feel free to share your own answers in the comments. I’d love to read about you! If you’re visiting from GUTGAA, thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading your answers on your own blog soon!
A little (more) about me: