Doug: How's it going, eh?
Ok Doug, like stop drinking all the beer. Dad'll like hose us. So like Charli asked us to introduce her friend today cause like we're Canadian, right?
Her friend JAWS is supposedly Canadian but I think she lied. Cause like JAWS is from New York. I saw all those movies. Plus Saturdays in the summer are busy times for Sharks and all. So, we're the only neighbors to the north Charli knows. Oh, and she said that, wait I better get this right...Charli said that she had to G-T-L then head down the Jersey Shore. Whatever, right. I told her take off hoser, me and Doug have our own show. We can like do this, for like a case of beer, beauty, eh? Tell them more Doug.
When did you begin writing with the intent to be published? Why, what sparked the author inside you to finally write?
I had never had aspirations of being a writer. I always figured my attention span was too short, and that I lacked the intellectual fortitude it took to pen a novel. So, how I came to be the sass-mouth writer I am today is kinda weird, really. I was having this reoccurring dream-nightmare thing, and it was just getting more vivid the more I tried to ignore it. So, one night last December, I flicked on the bedside lamp and started to scribble down my random thoughts. That was the beginning of The Witching Chronicles. And eight months later, along with a new set of glasses and regular massage therapy appointments, I just can’t seem to stop. It turns out that I’m a little more focused than I thought. It’s been a wicked growing process and I’m so thankful for it.
What completed works do you have? Describe them.
One. The first book in TWC entitled Gaia. I have 5 chapters of the second book roughed out. TWC is a romantic fantasy. The premise for the first book centers around an immortal 18 year old witch named Gaia living at the end of the 17th century Atlantic Canada. Her journey to find herself and come to terms with a love she never thought she wanted. I am just a few chapters away from completing a completely different project called The Last Summer, but I’m not totally committed to the title yet. Not too sure how to classify it, but it’s romantic and dramatic, and sarcastic.
What avenues did you travel to get your MS complete?
Crit groups, classes, research, writing communities where you live? It started as a challenge to myself. I wanted to see if I could finish it. And whadaya know- I did! I am lucky to have some amazing people in my life. They have helped me grow as a writer and I trust them implicitly with my writing, but I’m still pretty green- that I know for sure. However, I have just started this cuckoo journey called writing and I have the rest of my life to nurture my abilities. I’m in no rush.
What inspires your characters? What breathes life into your work?
People around me. Whether they know it or not. I am an observer by nature and love to watch how people interact with one another. I’m fascinated with how we as humans treat each other. We can be so cruel, but in the same breath, we have such an amazing capacity to love. It’s a beautiful battle.
What is a genre that you would more than likely never tackle, why?
Horror! I’m such a fraidy cat, that I refuse to watch any slasher movies or even see the movie trailers. I get terrible nightmares. So I don’t see myself writing anything that will horrify me. And most likely a spy premise. I’d rather have someone else figure out that espionage world. It’s a little too techy for me.
What is a normal day like for you, tell us how you get all that writing in?
I’m a stay at home mom, so life is interesting. I am very lucky to have such awesome kids. They are at the age now (4 1/2 and 2 1/2 yrs) where they don’t need as much. Mornings are always filled with play dates and errands. Then we attack lunch. Kids go down for rests or naps and then I bust out the computer for a couple of hours. I have learned that I can’t write before I go to bed, or else my mind goes 90 miles an hour and I can’t sleep, therefore, driving my hubby nuts.
What stage of getting published are you in, first draft, editing, querying, etc.?
How has that experience been? First drafts and editing, but I have a spiral notebook that is being filled with random story ideas. The whole experience has been very cathartic to say the least. It has brought up emotional baggage I thought I was over and slammed it right in my face. I have cried like a baby, and ranted like a spoiled child. My hubby has been more then supportive. But I have loved what it has brought to my life. I have found myself. In the most unexpected way I found what I am here to do. I am a wife, mother, and (happily) a writer. Whether anything becomes of my nutty stories is irrelevant. Now, don’t get me wrong. It would be super cool to see my writing in book stores everywhere, and having a boat load of fans would be equally cool, but I have to simmer the hyper-active child in me and just enjoy what it gives to me. It brings me joy and fills my soul.
What is next for you?
First, I have to finish this new project. Then I’d like to go back to TWC and dive into the second book. I’m always coming up with story ideas and can’t wait to see what inspires me. I have enjoyed finding out just how expansive the writing world is, and getting to know all the cool people that inhabit it. I’ll keep on blogging, writing and keep on rockin’ in the free world.
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You are a sandwich, describe yourself on a menu.
Oh sandwiches! My second favourite food. Cereal is the first, of course. I’d be a grilled Swiss cheese sandwich on marbled rye with cranberry mayo. A funky twist on a classic. Seems fitting...hehe
If you could be a superhero, what would your name and power be?
I’d be a cross between Jean Grey, Storm and Mystique. If I could throw time travel in there too that’d be awesome. I’d also be Lady Wolverine to my hubbies Wolverine.
What is your porno/stripper name? Using the traditional formula take the family pet’s name and the street you grew up on? For instance, Charli’s is Betsy Orchard, AJ’s Ginger King Edward.
Well, I moved around a lot when I was a kid, and I don’t remember my first pets name (poor goldfish was flushed when I was 5) so I’ll modify it a bit and go with my favourite childhood pet and favourite home- you ready?....Freckles Alma! Terrible, I know!
Thanks Kris. Freckles-She Wolf is a beauty, eh.
Take off Doug, we gotta tell them about our show. So, anyway like click on this link and check out our show. Good day, eh.