Romance Weekly's Authors answer questions about serious and non-so-serious aspects of writing. Enjoy! This week the questions come from...me!
1. If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
Gesturing with my hands, mouthing words, squeezing my eyes shut. The worst is when I'm in the car alone. I carry on my characters' dialogue aloud. Strange, I know. It just helps to hear the words out loud. They carry more impact, I guess. Besides, the words belong to the characters, not me. I'm just the conduit.
2. Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
Writing relieves stress. If someone ticks me off, I save it up and spew it into the story. Sometimes I make a character like a real life person and torture them (not literally). Very therapeutic. Like a voodoo doll on paper. It's also a creative outlet. I need to write or the voices in my head don't leave me alone. Once the characters' story is on paper, that's where they exist and some other folks move in. And I get all the adventure I want and need without the angst and danger.
3. How do you feed your muse?
Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. No, just kidding. I read alot of thrillers and conspiracy adventure books. What I call men's fiction. I also watch what I call geek TV. Shows on the History, Military History, Smithsonian, Destination America and SyFy channels. Whatever catches my fancy. Much of it inspires facets of my plots or characters.
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Romance writer. Paranormal and contemporary. Mother of two and wife of perfect husband. Love the environment, travel and reading.
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