GUTGAA (Gearing Up to Get an Agent) is this awesome blogfest hosted by Deana Barnhart (who also happens to live in Kentucky, like me!). This week is Meet and Greet. Below is my bio and my nswers to the M&G questions:
I'm 33, married to the guy I started dating in 12th grade, and mama to an almost one-year-old baby girl. For lack of any other direction in life (read: I got a master's in US history and didn't want to teach or get a PhD), I went to law school. I practiced for a little while, but now I work at a great non-profit. I write upper middle grade/tween contemporary girly novels. And, yes, my husband has read them all. :) And, he's playing with the little one right now so I can steal a few moments to write this blog entry!
Like most other writers, I wrote as a kid and a teenager (mostly, I tried to emulate RL Stine and Christopher Pike), but I re-found (is that a word?) writing in '06 when I was neck deep in law school and tired of reading cases. One day in the law library, I closed my Real Estate Law book, popped open my laptop, and began pecking out the beginnings of a middle grade novel. Then I found SCBWI, the Verla Kay blueboards, and couldn't stop writing.
On to the questions...
-Where do you write? On the old couch in my living room.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? The TV and shelves of such fabulous film fare as Young Guns, Ice Castles, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Three Amigos, Wayne's World, 3:10 to Yuma, Knocked Up, and Husband's extensive anime collection.
-Favorite time to write? Definitely morning, but since I'm working most mornings, I write in the evening by default.
-Drink of choice while writing? Husband and I swore off buying Diet Pepsi, so now it's either some variety of Crystal Light, water, or wine.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? Silence.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? The manuscript I have in revisions is a skating novel that came from my years as a skater. The Shiny New Idea was inspired by my travels out west.
-What's your most valuable writing tip? Go to conferences and writing workshops. I always find myself full of of ideas and energy after a conference. I went to this great plot workshop with Cheryl Klein of Arthur A. Levine books in April. I learned SO much, and I can say that my WIP is 10x better now because of that workshop. I use all my Christmas and birthday money for these things - so worth it!