PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I’ll write at the computer or with a pen and paper; I can work at home or sometimes I’ll go to a coffee shop. I’ve got to change things up or I get bored. A big part of my writing process is taking notes throughout the day when inspiration hits. I have notepads in my kitchen, living room, bedroom, and car. I only commit to writing 15 minutes a day, so those notes keep me focused.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? As a busy mom, this is so hard! I’ve found that if I dedicate time (even if it’s just 15-20 minutes per day) to 1) yoga/exercise and 2) writing, then I feel really balanced. Every other moment of my life revolves around my home life and family, but if I don’t allow myself those two outlets, I get a little wonky.
When do you write? During the toddler’s nap time and, now that she’s in preschool and my older son is in elementary school, I make time two mornings a week to work on writing-related activities. I plan to write full time when they are both in school. I also do writing retreats a few times a year (even if it’s just to a friend’s house for the weekend).
How much time per day do you spend on your writing? My routine is to commit to 15 minutes a day of writing time, which doesn’t sound like much but I was able to, over the course of one year, write a draft of Voodoo Butterfly that was ready to submit to New York editors and agents. Normally the 15 minutes will stretch into an hour, but sometimes I could only make time for the 15 minutes.
What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written? Sophie, my heroine, deals with some difficult emotional issues in Voodoo Butterfly and it must have hit home with some people, because I had some readers express that they felt angry. I don’t think they were angry at me, I think the situation in the book brought up some unresolved emotion in them. To me, good writing should evoke an emotional response, so I see that as a success.
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Ebook for now, but will be released in print in early 2015.
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VOODOO BUTTERFLY: When twenty-five-year old Sophie Nouveau inherits her grandmother’s voodoo shop she knows nothing about voodoo. Or her family’s history of Mind Changers who have the power to change evil people good. To complicate matters, someone doesn’t want Sophie in New Orleans and sends a series of death threats to scare her away from her new enchanted life.
You can find VOODOO BUTTERFLY at Amazon: Voodoo Butterfly by: Camille Faye