Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Now that one of my novels is contracted with a publisher, more people in my life are finding out that I write. Here are a few of the questions I've gotten.
1) What kind of books do you write?
I love to tell them I write romance and see their reactions. It surprises a lot of people. When they give me the eyebrow raise, I explain it’s Christian romance. Usually, it’s a positive response. Every now and then, it’s not. Betsy St. Amant recently blogged about it.
2) I’ve always wanted to write a book. How do you find the time?
My response to this is, “Sit down and do it!” If I can do it, anyone can do it.
3) How long did it take you to write the book?
Eight years. I’m kidding, sort of. I wrote a children’s book in college. Then, I wrote my first novel my senior year of college. I tinkered with it for years. I wrote my second novel (a young adult) in 2005 as part of NaNoWriMo. I actually finished this one and submitted it to agents and editors. In November 2006, I wrote the first draft of the book currently under contract. I wrote it in a month and edited it over the next year before submitting it. I’m almost finished with the first draft of my next novel. I wrote it in a month and a half and plan to take a few months to edit it.
4) How much are they paying you for the book?
I get this question a lot. I totally understand why people would be curious, but I’m never sure how to answer it. I’m so thankful that my book is going to be published and even more thankful that I’m getting paid for it. I’ll say that my advance isn’t enough to buy a new car, but it is more than enough to make it possible for me to attend the ACFW conference in Indianapolis this year!
5) Where do you get your ideas?
The setting for the book came from real life experiences, and the story idea literally came while I was sleeping. I was visiting my sister and took a nap one afternoon. I woke up and furiously scribbled my idea down on paper. For other books I get ideas from everywhere. They are bits and pieces of things I’ve experienced or read about, people I know, and places I’ve been. The fun part about fiction is that you get to make it up as you go along.
So there you have it! Did I leave anything out? Writers, what responses do you get about the fact that you’re a writer?