Contemporary YA--75,000 words
Complete manuscript available upon request
Today is the informal Meet & Greet, complete with get-to-know-you questions...so, welcome to visitors old and new!
Where do you write? Almost anywhere, even while driving, but the serious, save-able stuff happens at my desk in my office.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My orange "Page Up Original." If you don't know what that is and you are a writer, Google it. You'll wonder how you lived without it.
Favorite time to write? When everyone's gone to school & work & the house is quiet. Really though, my favorite time is whenever the creative juices are flowing and the story "works."
Drink of choice while writing? Ice water or nothing.
When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I sometimes listen to music as I'm settling in to write. I have a playlist that gets me in the mood of my story, but while writing it can be distracting. Music leads to singing, which leads to dancing...
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I started out trying to write a poem (never a good idea if you're not a poet) wherein I apologized to a girl from high school that no one ever spoke to. I don't think she was bullied, she was just "invisible." Around that time I noticed a short mention in the newspaper of an accident where high-schoolers were killed and those two elements inspired IDEAL HIGH.
What's your most valuable writing tip? When in doubt, take it out.