A. I’m not.
Q. Hmm. What’s with the title reference?
struck me as an apt description for the current state of both my projects.
That brings up several questions, but first, why is this in interview form?
started to write a post the “normal” way and found myself beginning a sentence
with “If someone asked me…” Then of course someone had to ask me the question.
makes total sense. How do your projects
relate to the best and worst times?
the best of times because with these two books, I’m at my first and second
favorite steps in the writing process.
Q. Wait. What is your favorite step in writing
writing the last sentence of the first draft.
There’s an amazing sense of accomplishment when those words hit the
paper. It’s the good kind of pride, the
feeling that I just did something hard.
I committed to months of work and got it done.
you talking about the Wisherton book you mentioned last month?
A. Yes. I’m typing up the rough draft right now. Well, not right this minute because I’m
working on this interview. But essentially
have another project at your second favorite step?
step or the project?
think I’ve landed on an idea for my next romance book. The very beginning is a fun step in the
process. I’m spending time in fantasy
land and letting myself get excited about new stories and new characters, just
in case it might be a series.
all sounds fun. Why is it also the worst
admit that’s a melodramatic take. I know
from experience that my two favorite parts are also some of the shortest parts. I only get to enjoy that finished draft for
as many days as it takes me to type it.
Then I have to start looking for ways to improve it, sometimes even admitting
that part of my hard work isn’t very good.
There will be changes and additions or deletions. Basically, my sense of accomplishment is
bashed around by reminders that I’ve only actually completed one step.
guess you don’t get to stay in fantasy land either?
A. I can
only scribble thoughts and highlights for so long before I have to commit to
the difficult task of writing it all into a coherent story. That puts a damper on some of the fun. And before I can even do that, I have to name
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. By the way, what was the question someone
needed to ask?
worry. We covered it.