I've been tagged!
With all that blog partying last week, I was thinking I could get down to business and focus on something writerly-ish, but alas, I have been tagged by four separate people in the last week or so, and I can’t let that go without some sort of response, so this post will be dedicated to answering a few questions from each tagger:
From my very bestest friend in all the world, Lisa Regan, who, I might add, just got married on Valentine’s Day—YAY LISA!!
1. What is the first line of your current WIP?
(From my second novel, Parasite) It took five men in all, each over two hundred pounds and burdened with a bulletproof vest, a gun, a taser, handcuffs, and a nightstick, but they used neither their weapons, nor their restraints, just their bare hands and a thousand pounds of brute force. (Yeah, it needs some work, but it’s the first draft so…)
2. Would you rather have one book published that became a classic or have multiple books that sell well but eventually go out of print?
Definitely multiple books. I want to reach as many people as I can while I walk this earth. What happens after I leave means little.
3. What was the weirdest moment of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?
Well, I just told this story for my Origins post. The fact that I was inspired to write at all was weird enough, but that it came to me through one song on one beautiful sunny day was weirder still. That one moment produced an entire 95,000 word manuscript.
Next, a few questions from the delightful Donna K. Weaver at Weaving a Tale or Two:
4. What was my favorite book in 2011?
In non-fiction, I’d have to say “The Fire in Fiction” by Donald Maass.
In fiction, it’s “Creep” by Jennifer Hillier , hands down, and not because she’s a great friend of mine, but rather because it’s one helluva fantastic read and right up my alley!
5. Who is your favorite author?
That’s easy, Greg Iles. I’ve read each of his contemporary thrillers, all eleven of them, at least three times.
6. Who is your favorite, Bill or Ted, and why?
Another easy one, Ted, because…well, he’s Keanu Reeves…DUH!!!
From new follower, Cortney Pearson:
7. Plotter or pantster?
This one’s not so easy. With my first novel, The Mistaken, it was thoroughly plotted with a very detailed outline that took me over four weeks to complete. But now that I’m working on my next project, Parasite, I’ve been pantsting quite a bit. I do have a lot of notes, but not in outline form, so I’m kind of wingin’ it this time around. Scary!
8. If you could go back and do anything over again, what would it be?
This is a tough question. If it were only about me, I’d say I’d go back to 1984 and keep my daughter, Julia, instead of giving in to my parents demands and giving her up for adoption. Biggest regret of my life. But she’s had a remarkable life, so for her, it was the best decision. Me? Yeah, not so much.
9. What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
I, along with my husband, used to guide white water rafts down the south fork of the
American River just east of . Total freakin’ blast, man! And often scary as hell!! Sacramento, CA
And from another new follower, Leigh Covington:
10. If you could meet the President of the
, what would you say to him? United States
Not bad for a democrat.
11. What is your favorite quote?
“Never quit!” by Winston Churchill
Okay, that’s eleven. Now it’s my turn to tag someone. There are many I would like to ask, including a few who don’t normally do this type of thing (Lynda R. Young, Julie Musil, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Matthew MacNish, & Jami Gold ) So here are a few I think would, but haven’t yet:
And because this post is already way too long, instead of thinking up new ones of my own, I’d like each of these fine writers to answer the same questions I just did.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the lovely Natalie Sharpston for bestowing me with the Kreativ Blogger Award. In receiving this award, I’m supposed to list seven things about myself that might be interesting, but I think the eleven items above will suffice, but thank you so very much, Natalie!