Why are you looking at those pictures, you might ask?
Because when I think of Evil Editor, those are what I picture him looking like. Either-or, depending on my mood. Or maybe a combo of the two.
And why am I posting that?
Because The Man himself will be over at The Church Lady’s blog this Thursday to promote “Novel Deviations 3”, and everyone should stop by! All the cool kids are doing it. And really, what’s more fun that hanging out with EE?
Next is that meme everyone’s doing. I’m a follower, so…
1. Your genre(s)?
Urban fantasy. Scary things. Crazy things. Sexy things.
2. How many books have you completed?
Oh, boy. Um. Okay. Nine. Nine that have been or will be published. One more I have my fingers crossed on big-time. Plus a few novellas and shorts.
3. How many books are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a novella I owe EC, plus vaguely plotting a new historical UF series and the next two Unholy Ghosts books (so I have something if there’s actually interest from someone in an agenty capacity.) Depending on that I’ll know what to start next.
4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
I am not chunky. I’ve lost sixteen pounds and I wear size 4 jeans (okay, from Old Navy, so actually they’d be a six anywhere else. Still.)
I write start to finish. I only allow myself to skip if I am absolutely stuck for more than a couple of weeks. It’s only happened once.
5. The POV you’re most partial to?
Third. I don’t like to write in first. I don’t read much in first either, although I won’t not read a book I’m interested in because of POV. But a book I haven’t heard anything about that I pick up in a store…if it’s in first, chances are I’ll put it back down.
6. The themes that keep cropping up in your books?
*rubs hands together* Oooh, this is fun! Isolation. Loneliness. Depression. Rejection. Emotional damage. Self-hatred. Self-medication. Self-injury. Self-reliance. That love means wanting people to have their independence too. That being happy isn’t as important as being strong.
They’re fun books.
(Actually I think they are fun, really. They’re not as depressing as that makes them seem. It’s just that’s sort of what I always come back to. I can’t write happy people because I don’t understand happy people; there’s no conflict.)
7. How many days a week do you write?
I try to write every day. Lately I’ve been on a little break, after doing two books back-to-back while simulatenously doing several novellas and shorts. So I’ve taken a few weeks off and I’m just about to get back in the saddle.
8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
Late morning, and at night. Really, I’ve had to learn to work any time I can because of the kids. I can’t always work when I want to or when I feel most productive.
9. Who are your inspirations?
I hate questions like that. It sounds kiss-assy. Pass.
10. Who are your favorite authors to read? (different from mentors)
Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. Stephen King. Herman Wouk. Neil Gaiman. Jeph Loeb. I used to love Elizabeth George but I won’t read her books anymore. Same with Patricia Cornwell, although Cornwell didn’t betray me like George did. Florence King. Sharon Kay Penman.
BTW, if you head over to my livejournal there’s some pictures of me in the next-to-newest entry, portrait attempts for my Juno bio.