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This weeks questions are brought to you by J.J. Devine.
I don’t think anybody has really suggested that to me. I have had conversations with beta readers and friends that help to shape a story in my mind; in fact I sometimes find these conversations invaluable in the story-writing process. But nobody has ever come up to me and told me that have a great story for me to write. If they did … well it would definitely depend on the story. If it fired up my imagination, I’d definitely be all ears. I take inspiration from so many different sources, having somebody mention something that happened to them would be more than welcome!
2. Do you write what you read?
Yes! I love romance novels of all kinds. Historical, contemporary, paranormal, suspense – you name it and I’ve probably read it. What I do try to avoid, however, is reading anything that is too close in composition to any work-in-progress I have. That’s because I find myself unconsciously absorbing the author’s writing style, and that can deviate my story at a point I don’t want it to.
I can’t imagine not reading romantic novels. I currently get through two or three a week (I’m a voracious reader) and when I’m on holiday I can easily get through eight or more. So my request to all you romantic writers out there is please keep up the good work – I can never get enough!
3. People often mistake the lifestyle of a writer as glamorous, give us the scoop, what about your lifestyle would shock your readers?
I have to say I thought it would be glamorous, too. I imagined I would be a modern-day version of Daphne Du Maurier, sweeping in and out of rooms wearing long, swishy skirts, and overlooking a troubled Cornish sea as I typed on a manual typewriter. The rather more mundane reality is that I have to fit writing in between every day life. Somehow I manager to squeeze it between going to work, looking after the children, trying to get to the gym and spending time with friends and family (most of whom don’t know I’m a writer.) So I fit in stolen moments when I can. Tapping on my iPad before I go to sleep, for example, or correcting first drafts while watching swimming lessons. When I get a whole, free day to myself, I don’t find I use my time any better. In fact, I sometimes think my writing is better for being time-limited. It gives me the opportunity to think through the plot, characters and word use while I’m doing other things, rather than rushing on.
I hope you enjoyed reading these questions–I really enjoyed thinking through the answers. Thanks to J.J. for setting them! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://kimhandysides.com/ and read Kim’s answers!