This week's Romance Weekly has some great questions:
1. When someone finds out you’re an author, how do you handle the statement, “I have a story you should write”?
This happens more than people think. Usually their story has nothing to do with the genre in which I write. So, how do I handle it? People like to be heard. I listen carefully. The story may be a good one, regardless. Then I always make a reflective comment and show my appreciation for their idea. There’s no need to be short with anyone or to tell them their idea won’t work for me. Why not listen? It only takes a brief moment in time and I may make a friend.
2. Do you write what you read?
Yes. I read a lot of historical romance, especially Scottish. I also read straight historical novels. I find when I am not reading, my own muse flounders a bit.
3. People often mistake the lifestyle of a writer as glamorous, give us the scoop, what about your lifestyle would shock your readers?
I think my lifestyle is glamorous, but that’s because I like being a hermit. *grins*
I roll out of bed about 6 a.m., make myself a cuppa tea and then check my e-mail and social media. I write for a couple of hours, then exercise, shower and back to writing until about 9 p.m. When I say writing, it encompasses everything from writing first drafts to editing, marketing, writing back cover copy, analysing book trends, submissions, blog posts, critiques for my crit partners, planning presentations and occasional communication with my agent.
I don’t take days off, but I usually only work a few hours on Sunday and take a Saturday afternoon and hike with my husband or play a game of golf.
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