I gotta say, this year has been awesome for meeting new-to-me writers. These folks are just plain fantastic. And here’s another one! Help me welcome Renee Wilds!
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
KID—Marguerite Henry, for making her critters seem like people and having the ability to make me laugh and cry and worry simply through the power of the written word
ADULT—Mercedes Lackey, see above
It astounds me when I’m reading a book and it suddenly occurs to me I’m so swept up in the story that I FORGET I’m reading a book. Someone will come interrupt me and I’ll find myself staring at a page w/black lettering and go “Oh, I’m reading a book.” THAT’s the power of a good storyteller.
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
My maternal grandmother (Grandma Jeanne) first called me a writer when I was six and penciling horse stories. I was the only grade-schooler with a MAXIMUM word count! I started “serious” writing in 2002, entered RWA contests in 2004, started pitching at conferences in 2006, sold Duality to Samhain in 2007 (it came out in 2008) and am now working on Book 7 of my fantasy romance Guardians of Light series.
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
I like hanging out in sweats and a Tshirt, barefoot. I have a scrapbook page for each of my books, and play music while I write. I have different favorites depending on the scene. I use Medaieval Baebes for general world-building, Enya & Kate Price (hammer dulcimer) for love scenes, Nightwish and Axel Rudi Pell for battle scenes and dark magic scenes. Family can always tell what I’m writing by the music. When my thirteen-year-old son hears me typing to Enya in the background he’s like, “Ugh! REALLY, Mom????” (Usually followed by “What’s for supper?”) And people wonder why food mysteriously appears in so many of my love scenes!
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
See, I’d NEVER get into an elevator w/a clown. I HATE clowns, they’re freaky. (I blame Stephen King…)
*me either, same story Renee*
1. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate or flowers
Talk or Text
Mountains or Beach
Cowboy or Marine
Wine or Beer
Cats or Dogs
Ebooks or Paperbacks
Pantser or Plotter
Batman or Superman
Ability to fly or Power to be invisible
Prius or Hemmie
Follow the rules or Break the rules
TV or Movies
NY or LA
Vampires or Angels
Fall or Spring
Neat or Messy
Werewolf or Genie
Tell jokes or Pull pranks