So, without further ado:
|My first birthday and first piece of chocolate cake! I still enjoy it as much!|
1. How do you remember your first kiss?
Honestly? I remember being totally grossed out. I was at summer camp in Missouri. The boy's name was Steve. I think I was eleven or twelve and he'd been following me around for weeks. We went frog gigging promptly after the kiss.
2. What was your first favorite love song?
I'm pretty sure it was Lorelei by Styx. I was obsessed with them. They were my first concert, my first oil painting was of one of their album covers (Crystal Ball), and my first celebrity crush was the guitarist (Tommy Shaw).
3. What's the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
That one's easy. I pour a big cup of coffee with enough half and half to make it caramel colored.
4. Who's the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
Honestly, I don't think a writer inspired me to become a writer. I just wrote. But, I am currently obsessed with THE ELEGANCE OF A HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery. She makes me want to become a BETTER writer.
5. Did the final revision of the book have the same first chapter it started with?
No. The one thing consistent about my writing is my beginnings always change. Sometimes I'll write half a book to get to know the story and the characters and I start over from scratch. But even if it's not that extreme, beginnings always change for me. It's hard to know the perfect place to start a story when it's just being formed. It's been a blessed release to learn this about my process and allows me to draft with some freedom.
6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot, or setting?
Always characters. I'm a very character-driven writer. When I hear the voice, know the intricacies of their relationships, the issues they're battling, then I have enough to worm my way in and let them tell me their stories.
7. What's the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone's tongue when they think of your writing?
Oh wow, what a FABULOUS question! And hard to do just one. Okay, heartfelt is what first came to mind. But genuine followed shortly thereafter.