04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
I would have thrown Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom across the room except that it would’ve probably put a hole through my wall.
I have also thrown books at roaches.
… Actually Freedom would’ve made a great roach squasher… Maybe I should’ve kept it.
13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
- C.S. Lewis
19: Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
Computer. Sometimes I still write longhand, but arthritis has made it less fun.
37: What’s your oldest WIP?
The Fountain’s Edge, I guess? I don’t know if that’s still a work-in-progress since I’m not sure I’ll pick it up again. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and there is a lot of mythology and an evil uncle and the male MC gets beat up by the female RI, which is fun.
44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
Probably the Hugh Dancy, blood-magic wielding antagonist of my current WIP. He’s so cute!
18: How do you feel about love triangles?
Basically the same way the characters feel: Conflicted. I appreciate when a love triangle is pulled off well because relationships don’t exist in a vacuum, and sometimes a love triangle can spice up the trope of first-guy/girl-in-the-book-is-the-one-MC-will-end-up-with. But when done poorly, love triangles can be an infuriating shortcut to tension.
(I also get very tired of wishy-washy love stuff very, very fast—but that’s more my personality than a thoughtful comment.)
28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
The beginning is the most fun to write for me, but the hardest to edit into shape. The end is the hardest to draft, but often the most fun to edit.
41: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
I revisit the outline. Normally if a character deviates, I can somehow make their left turn work in the story. For instance, midway through my WIP a character announced that he has PTSD. I had no inkling of this before, but it worked so well with what needed to happen that I let him have his way. (However, when he said he wanted a sidekick monkey, my reply was a firm, “No.”)