Welcome to Blog Hop. If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…about our writing.
Today’s fun and challenging questions are from Beth Carter, author of Thursdays at Coconuts. I adore that title.
1. What’s your favorite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict?Narration? Explain.
I like to write fun and snappy dialogue. Love it when my character has the perfect comeback line, the one I never seem to have at the right time. That’s my favorite kind of writing, and for some reason it’s usually my antagonist’s dialogue.
Striving to reach a reader, create words that resonate on the page, making them like your character, even if he’s a bastard.– that’s my goal. I think it’s the objective of most writers.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
2. How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e., small town, big city, castle, etc.)
My setting dictates my story. In my last career, I had the opportunity to travel most of the world. It was an International Sales and Marketing company with two offshore offices. You learn a lot about a culture when you travel for business versus pleasure. I also lived in Brazil as a teenager. I try to write a story that could only be experienced in a particular setting. Something unique. A way for my work to stand out in the crowd.
I’m currently doing the fourth rewrite on a book set on the Georgia coast. The setting is the veiew out of my office window. It’s not exactly an exotic locale, but the South definitely has a distinctive culture and I’ve tried to bring a little of that into Changing Tides.
My current WIP is set in a restored monastary in Antiqua, a place that touched my heart. The backstory is in my novel section on this website.
3. I’m a big six-word memoir fan. (Hemingway even wrote one.) Describe your writing day using just six words.
One AM: 2000 words: six AM
That was my writing day on Monday. I was back in bed by 6:15. Every day is different, but I’ve learned to not fight insomnia. I take advantage of those middle of the night eureka moments, otherwise by morning they’ve vanished.
For sale: Baby shoes: Never worn.
That’s it for me today. Let’s head over to Jeanne McDonald, author of The Truth in Lies, and read her six word memoir.