- What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
When I’m writing, my work schedule is…full. I have two little kids, and I work full time, so almost all of my writing takes place between 8:00PM and midnight. Of course, sometime on the weekend, we will put on a movie for the kids, and I’ll write during the movie. As for plotting, it usually takes place in the car on the way to or from work, or when I take the kids to the park or swimming or soccer or piano.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Like most writers, certain music sets the mood for my work. However, when I find inspiration in a song, I have to listen to that song over and over and over. The first time I caught the four year old singing, “This is Why We Fight” by the Decemberists was the day I decided that maybe, just maybe, I listen to the same song a little too often. After all, I’d only had the CD for a week and a half.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I can get ideas from just about anywhere. I’ve gotten ideas from watching the World Series of Poker (that was my debut novel, The Marker). I got an idea for the steampunk I recently finished by looking at a map of the mine shafts below Virginia City, NV. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh, what a great place for an evil genius. And zombies.”
Interesting thing about that book? It didn’t wind up having either an evil genius or zombies in it. But that’s how the idea for the book started.
- What does your family think of your writing?
My husband loves it. He likes talking about plot points, and he’ll read anything I put in front of him, and he helps me choreograph my fight scenes. He’s a great support when I’m feeling down. He believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I am to have him around. He’s pretty fantastic. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute and funny, too!
The rest of my family doesn’t know what to make of it. My brother is concerned he won’t be able to read sex scenes, if they’re written by his sister, and my mother wants to know when I’ll write a mystery. My dad is convinced everything is porn. I’m still not certain if he’s proud of it or disturbed by it. More than likely, it’s both.
- What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on revising the steampunk, set in the 1880s. What I love about steampunk is that it combines my two favorite genres: historical and paranormals. And there’s something fun about making up a world that’s based on ours and tweaking with history. I love it!
- How do you deal with writer’s block?
I write. It sounds hokey, but I just write. Even if it’s just twenty words, I can work with those twenty words. I think I subscribe to the NaNoWriMo theory: just write and write and write. It doesn’t matter if the words that you’ve written are terrible. Because here’s the thing: I can work with a badly written page. What I can’t work with is a blank page. So my advice to those of you suffering from writer’s block (and we’ve all been there) is to write. Make yourself write twenty words. Write about something else.
Once, when I was stuck with a particularly difficult scene in The Marker, I wrote two blog posts about why a werewolf shouldn’t be manscaped. And for some reason, doing that helped me sort out a scene in my historical, which has neither werewolves nor manscaped heroes. J
Wow, Meggan, great advice about the writer’s block. That’s pretty much what I do too, but one time I found by moving my two male characters from an office to a bar with a beer in their hands made the words flow, lol. You never know what will work.
Now tell us a little bit about The Marker:
When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not naïve, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms.
Since his brother’s death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for long—not women, not booze, not even an excellent hand at cards. Nothing, that is, until he meets the woman he won in a drunken night of poker. Intrigued by his prize and her chilly reserve, he makes it his mission to crack Lexie’s cool demeanor. But even as passion explodes between them, the question remains: will Nicholas be able to take the ultimate risk…and gamble on love?
And where can we buy your book?
Thanks for having me, Callie! I’ve enjoyed our chat!