So I signed up to participate in the Gearing Up to Get An Agent Blogfest hosted by Deana Barnhart. Thanks, Deana! The blogfest's first event is a meet and greet where we're supposed to answer the questions Deana had posted. So here I go:
Where do you write? I write out of my home office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? I see a recipe for chocolate mousse I found on the Internet. To the left of that is a notepad for all the lists I like to make. And to the left of that is an unopened CD-Rom for a bunch of poker games I've had for years.
Favorite time to write? I like to write at night when the kids are asleep.
Drink of choice while writing? I like water or tea. When the weather's cold, I like soup too. I'm a big soup person.
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I prefer listening to music or just having some subtle background noise. I particularly enjoy writing to instrumentals. I find the sound of complete silence distracting, for some reason.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I found inspiration for a PB manuscript I'm working on by observing the antics of fish in a pond. I get a lot of my inspiration from just observing stuff.
What's your most valuable writing tip? I don't know if I'd say this is the most valuable writing tip...but I'd encourage anyone who has a pie-in-the-sky dream to appreciate the journey and remember to smell the flowers.
Now here are some questions not on Deana's list that I made up for myself and visitors to answer, if they like:
What do you write? I am mainly focused on writing for the kidlit audience (PB, MG, and YA) although I am also considering writing a novel in the new adult genre too.
How are you spending your Labor Day weekend? I'm spending time with friends and family. While I would've liked to go on a short weekend trip, I just had a baby back in May and I'm staying very busy with new parenting duties.
What do you want to get out of GUTGAA this year? I would like to meet more writers/bloggers. At this time, I don't think I'd be pitching anything during this blogfest, but I'd still like to participate in as many events as I can.