Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I loved reading so much as a kid – that’s what really started it all. First off, the coolest thing I could imagine was having a book of my own on the bookcase – adding something to my favorite things on earth. Secondly, there came a time when I couldn’t find the exact book I wanted to read, and *that* made me want to write such a book.
What’s your favorite part about being an author?
There’s a moment that comes sometimes, at the end of a scene, or a chapter, when the writing was hard but good and it came out just right . . . and there’s this elated, exhausted, fulfilled feeling that sort of washes in as the last of the day’s words wash out. When that happens, nothing can spoil my mood for the rest of the day. Those are the moments I’m chasing, always.
Dear God, I hope it’s gotten better. Seriously. I think about the achingly bad poetry I wrote in high school, and the sad early attempts I made at writing novels . . . I believe in writing as a craft, more than an art. I think years of doing it doggedly, over and over and over again, have helped me figure out what I’m good at in writing and how to be better at the rest of it.
What do you hope to accomplish as an author?
Where did the idea for Claire de Lune originate?
“What-if-ing.” It’s what I do best. Those little random thoughts that zip through your head all day long? I try to pay attention to them. Sometimes they’re interesting. Like – “Hey! Book about a girl werewolf!” Then I grab it and run. “What if the girl werewolf were dating a human guy?” “What if she were dating him because there were no male werewolves?” And on and on until I have something resembling a plot. Long walks and hot showers are very conducive to What-if-ing.
It was FUN. I did a lot of research, and then turned a lot of that on its head. I really enjoyed coming up with the nuances of the mythology – the reasons and rationalizations for all of it.
I wrote most of Claire while my son was napping. I hadn’t had my daughter yet, so there was just the one kid to wrangle, and when he’d nap, I’d grab the computer and write as fast as I could. The initial draft took a long time – six months worth of naps, probably. Then I did major revisions over a couple of months, then a more minor revision over a month, then copy edits and proof reading and voila! A book.
Keep writing. See above re: craft rather than art. If you wait for some gossamer-swathed muse to tap you on the shoulder with a perfect novel – or even a perfect sentence – it’ll never happen. You just try and then try again and then try again until it’s as perfect as you can make it. Then you give it to your critique group and start the process all over. Butt in chair. Words on paper. Repeat.
Ooooh – okay. Um, I don’t like bananas (I love banana bread, pudding, etc. – just not fresh ones. It’s a texture thing.) I can recite the opening soliloquy from Henry V from memory. I’m happier when it’s 95 degrees outside than than I am when it’s 65, and 45 makes me downright miserable.
Thanks so much for having me over for an interview! It’s been so much fun!