Wendy tagged me so now I must keep the game going. Below I answered the questions and now I will tag two other people... Catherine and Stephanie and Voidwalker – you’re it! (GwOE runs wildly away.)
1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?
part A. Besides my blog, um…my lobotomized WIP, “Wellspring”. part B. A poem about my high school sweet heart…ahem…excuse me I think I just vomited in my mouth a little bit.
2. Write poetry?
Not that often now but I have written, a lot in the past.
3. Angsty poetry?
No, usually about love, lust, crush, maybe one or two I hate you’s but that’s it.
4. Favorite genre of writing?
YA paranormal with romance….mmmm…I’ve gotta have kissing. *muah*
5. Most annoying character you've ever created?
The MC to my second WIP. Well she starts out annoying but for good reason. She is typical teenager who thinks she’ll marry her high school sweetheart. ….ahem, I wouldn’t know what that’s like though.
6. Best Plot you've ever created?
Oh my little side baby. (GwOE rubs her hands together) I am slowly stroking it because I realllllllly want it to be a winner. There’s this girl and she meets this guy and….I’m not going to tell you but it has to do with racism, Native Americans and the spirit world.
7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?
My current WIP, that’s why I am working so hard to get this darn thing fixed. You know in movies when they write in the scientific specifics of why this or that happens, I LOVE when it is so well written that it not only sounds plausible but probable. I have written out the scientific “why” to my characters abilities that I love and the twist that goes with it is pretty cool. (says the girl...but who knows if you will think the same) I hope the reader will appreciate it because I put in a lot of man hours of research to perfect my explanation before I even started writing. (And it was all inspired by a scientific painting.)
8. How often do you get writer's block?
ANY time I am busy with other things. Drives me crazy! I need alone time, without distractions, to build the story in my mind and then I speed away at the computer.
9. Write fan fiction?
Um, no. I get why people do it. They are so in love with the characters and story they never want it to end. It’s a form of flattery for an author. I’ve tried to finish out in my head what happens next after a series ends and it’s kind of like finishing off someone else’s sex. Huh? Exactly. It’s just weird and all kinds of creepy wrong for me. (LOL. I can’t believe I just said that.)
10. Do you type or write by hand?
Type but I have written on paper in a pinch or to mix things up.
11. Do you save everything you write?
Yes, good or crap. I have it. You keep the crap for two reasons: so you can see where you’ve come from and you can remind yourself where NOT to go again.
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?
Sure, why not. Abandoned ideas are just those left in cold because you found a better friend to play with. When you’re bored enough you’ll come back to it eventually, minus the rose colored glasses.
13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?
It’s a tossup. A poem I wrote in college about sadness. It’s a conversation between my brain and my heart. The other is my little dish on the side, mmmmm. My WIP#2, not the WIP itself but the four page synopsis to that WIP that flowed like liquid gold baby.
14. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written?
I don’t share.
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Um yes. Is there anything else? I’ve gots lots of angst and unrequited drama inside me from my "glorious" teenage years that I have got to get out. And let me tell you, it’s going to take more than one book to do it.
16. What's your favorite setting for your characters?
The rural countryside of southern Illinois. That’s where my father was raised and I love visiting there. Simple, easy going life.
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Two and a half. One paranormal teen romance, one racism romance involving Native Americans and a half story about dystopia. But like every writer I have a million stories in my head dying to get out.
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
No, but I have never entered in a contest. I would like to I just don’t know where the contests are. Do you guys know any?
19. What are your five favorite words?
plethora (El Guapo?), salacious, smitten, reverie, fantabulous, awe, soul, lips, lips, and lips. Is that five? I can keep going. I have scraps of paper and notebooks full of random words that I have heard and just fell in love with. I could probably make my own little dictionary. Oooo, I just got an idea. I should buy a dictionary and highlight all the words I love and stop the paper madness. Nah.
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
My current WIP, I think that is why her voice is so quiet. Ugh.
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Okay, not to sound like Stephenie Meyer but my dreams. (See next question.)
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Yes, every single story is from a dream. I have always dreamed very heavily. I can smell and taste in my dreams too. I have never….I mean never….forgotten a dream I have had. I can retell a dream from my childhood so well you would think I had it last night. I dream so vividly I almost wonder if I transfer myself into an alternate dimension. It’s crazy I know.
23. Do you favor happy endings?
Yes. I get enough reality every day, give me my happy ending.
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
No. Yes. Well yes but not if I’ve got the juices flowing.
25. Does music help you write?
Yes it does, it makes me feel so alive BUT…not while I am writing. Music inspires the story I am building in my head but when I write I need utter silence. I even wear ear plugs. Sometimes though, when I need to call upon a specific emotion or mood, I will play a song over and over and over again while I'm writing to help keep the scene real.
26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.
Darrell slammed his hand into Roy’s chest and with all the calm and stillness in his voice he simply clarified, “If she so much has a mark, I will mark you twice.”