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This weeks questions are brought to you by Katherine Givens
1. What is your writing process like?
It differs with every novel. For my recent release, Fix You, I wrote two chapters a week, come rain or shine. Once they were done, I went in and did a brutal edit, taking out half the stuff I’d so lovingly written. For my current WIP, Coming Down, it feels like more of an organic process. I’ll add some words in every day. I’m also writing it on my ipad using my fingers, rather than on my laptop. This slows me down a bit (I’m a demon typer) and really makes me think about each word I use. It’s the closest I can come to handwriting the story without a pen and paper. It does mean I’m taking longer to write the story, but I’m hoping it also means less brutal editing at the end. We will see!
2. Do you listen to music to enhance your writing?
Absolutely! We are big into music in our house. At the last count we had over 500 albums, and have loaded them all onto a Sonos system, so I can choose what to listen to at the press of a button on the laptop. Music truly influences everything I write. It has inspired my novels, as well as setting the tone for my writing. With Fix You, Hanna, the heroine, is a music blogger, and writes a lot about songs that influence her (hence the cover – see pic).
Because the story is so influenced by music, I created a playlist in spotify to accompany the book.
Fix You Playlist
3. What two songs best describe the overall body of your work?
Now this is where it gets tricky. I guess Fix You by Coldplay would be an easy one–since it has the same title as my book. For the second song I’d choose a song called ‘Little Yellow Balloons’ by John Murry (who, incidentally, I’m going to see play live at Islington Ballroom on Thursday, and I can’t wait). It has a beautiful melody and truly tragic words, as it describes a heroin overdose that nearly killed him. I love how he mixes beauty and sadness so well, and that’s what I try to do in my books.
I hope you enjoyed reading these questions–I really enjoyed thinking through the answers. Thanks to Katherine for setting them! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://findinglanora.weebly.com/lanoras-lanotes.html and read Lanora Mangano’s answers!