By that damn procrastination bug! I've been infected with a current inability to spend much more than twenty minutes of intense focus on Feel the Burn before I get the inexplicable urge to flee… or rather surf *hee* or read, or cuddle furry critters, bother my male creature, play with my jewelry box (yup - still love to play 'what's in my treasure chest' as well as dress-ups *lol*). Pretty much anything other than write. Which rather equals major fail *sigh* But, as long as I can get a couple of those intense twenty minute periods in a day (I work full time remember, no luxury of all day writing here!) then I'm doing well. I've been getting the odd email from readers who've enjoyed The Arrival and Awakening and some amusing/curious questions with those emails so I thought I'd openly respond to some of the common questions I get.
When is Feel the Burn available? - This always makes me chuckle, cause if a reader has read Awakening then I know they've seen the page that clearly states - Feel the Burn, available Dec 2012. I suspect however they hope to hurry me along with the process. Sorry to disappoint, but when combined with a normal full time job (a girl's gotta eat! And feed those afore mentioned critters/male creature *grin*) writing a full length novel is a full-on task. Especially this particular one because it's the accumulation of the first two books and has A LOT to live up to. And I intend to make damn sure it does!
Where do you get your ideas? - From everywhere. Old stories I remember reading as a kid, TV shows, nature, documentaries, real life adventures. I'm a habitual daydreamer and writing is now my outlet for all those out-there ideas.
Are all of your characters based on people you know? - Pretty much. Even if they aren't originally based on anyone, as they develop in my mind I associate certain traits from different people with them. It helps me to figure out what the characters would do when confronted with different situations. It also makes the daydream process more 'real' in my head and thus easier to write. I'm a big people watcher.
Where do you write/where's your favorite place to write? - I have a few favorite spots. I love writing in a café at lunchtimes that's at the bottom of the building I work in. The people who work there are fabulous and know me far too well now *lol* And I love the manager's gorgeous French accent *swoon* The café is great for people watching and for the 'busy' scenes. I also love writing at my hut in the bush. It's great for when I need to write the really, awful sad scenes and don't want to be caught out when bawling my eyes out ;p And when I write the… intimate scenes… I like to be at home knowing Glenn is focused on something so he doesn't read over my shoulder cause that always equals major red face for both of us *lol*
Are you bringing the books out in paperback? - Yes. As soon as my paypal account reaches enough for me to pay someone to format them, because I don't have the time this year to stress over that! I'm hoping to use the person who formats J.A. Konrath's books.
OMG - your book is doing SO well, are you rich yet? - *Cackle* No, sadly not. While Awakening is doing well in the rankings, to be making squillions you ideally want to be in the top 100 overall, and I'm a little way from that (yet - but I'll get there!). Also, with the way you get paid from Amazon and due to being paid by international cheque, it means that, for example my December sales, won't reach my bank account until next month. There is nothing quick about the whole writing business *grin*. I live by the mantra 'write because you love the story, not the money'.
The above question is often followed by, 'When will you become a fulltime writer?' - I'm a cautious person when it comes to playing with money when it could affect my life in a serious way. So even if I was earning a monthly wage from my books, I wouldn't consider quitting my job and becoming a full time writer until all our bills were paid and there was a substantial nest egg built up. As well as an amount to cover my wages for the next couple of years. I know there are plenty of people who'll say, 'Oh don't worry, just go for it!' But for me I couldn't handle knowing that I HAD to make X amount a month. I'm pretty sure it would zap all my creative juices dry - and desperation is never nice *shudder*
Okay, there's a bit of insight into me. If you've been curious too feel free to pop any questions in the comments below. I still have probably another couple of posts to do with other Q's & A's if you found this interesting : )
Take care all!
The Arrival, available for free right here on this blog!