Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aspiring Author Interview with Erica and Christy

Erica on the left and Christy on the right...
unless you are looking at their right and left, in which case
Erica is on the right and Christy on the left...

Today I have a special double dose of aspiring author interviews!  Two of my very good bloggy buddies Erica and Christy are answering my questions!  Here's the cool thing- they manage their blog together!  Both are teachers, moms, and writers!  And get this- they only just met at last years Writeoncon online, and decided to start the blog together.  They finally got to meet face to face at this years Writers Institute in Wisconsin.  What a sweet bestie friendie story!  I'm so happy to have gotten to know them over this year, and consider them great friends!

erica's blue

christy’s green
  1. Tell us the scoop on how you got into writing novels. 
I wrote a few short stories during high school and read just about any book I could find. College got in the way and fun reading/writing was gone for several years. After my son was born, I had a few new ideas and started a couple, but never got past about 30 pages. After my niece started talking about all these fantastic books she'd read (yes, 4 of them were written by someone with the initials SM), I started thinking about it again and wrote my first complete book in about six months.
When I was little (middle school age) one of my best friends and I wanted to write a mystery series.  (We’d read Babysitter’s Club, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High…lots of series.)  I remember writing during sixth grade study hall.  I don’t think I wrote again until October 2009.  After reading the Twilight saga.
  1. What genre do you write? 
So far, YA and MG. I have a complete YA contemporary and a half-done MG ghost story plus some other started YA and MG   contemporaries.
YA.  So far I have a 95% completed Paranormal Romance and a 60% completed Contemporary Romance.  I have a YA Sci Fi  brewing that I am super excited to get started on!!!!
  1. What authors inspire you? 
I really enjoy character-driven novels, which is why I tend to talk about Sarah Dessen a lot. 
Before writing, I read a variety of adult novels.  Historical fiction, romance, legal thrillers, mystery. I blush when admitting this, but I got started reading YA only AFTER starting to write.  (Except for Twilight, of course.)  Even more embarrassing, I didn’t read much at all the first eight months of writing.  I didn’t make time for it.  At this point, I can say that I love characters with a strong voice.  My fave YA so far?  Kiersten White’s Evie.  But I have lots more reading to do.  
  1. How often do you write? 
I used to write every day. Now, I edit more than I write, so my numbers are way down. I have a goal for this summer, though.
I started rewriting a novel in February.  For a while I wrote TONS just trying to make a contest deadline.  Whenever I needed a break, I took three days to read and relax. When I’m constantly editing/revising/rewriting I don’t feel like I’m really writing at all.  I’m ready to get back into writing writing again.  And soon!  Then, I hope every single day for at least an hour.
  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
I'm a pantser, although recently I've felt the need for a support group, because I hit a total dead-end on my WIP.
I’m here for you Erica!  A little of both.  BUT for my brand new shiny idea I am going to plot that thing out really well.  Then I’m hoping it will just write itself.  I’m sick of getting stuck ¾ of the way through.  I want to know exactly where I’m heading and why from the get-go.
6.Where do you write best, and do you listen to music while you write?
 Next week, I'm making my own office area in an alcove behind our kitchen. It's a tiny space completely surrounded by windows overlooking our farm and woods. I hope that works for me. So far, I've been serenaded by SpongeBob and Big Time Rush (I work in the living room with two kids). 
In silence.  I don’t care where I am.  Silence is so rare though.  I suppose downstairs in the office—with the door locked.  I listen to music when I run and plot, but not so much when I’m actually typing away.
7.What is on your TBR pile? 
The Book Thief, The Hunger Games series
It’s huge!  Across the Universe, Gone series by Michael Grant, Wake series, Matched, Possession, Shatter Me, and like five more paranormal books that I can’t think of the name right now but I can picture their covers.
8.If Stephanie Meyer and JK Rowling got in a cat fight, who would win? 
Mcgonagall (you said cat fight).
What she said.
9.What is your “day” job? 
I'm a center manager/teacher of a Head Start center for low-income and at-risk preschoolers.
I’m an elementary school teacher (part-time) and teach reading, writing and math.  Then I go home to my adorable five and three year olds. (And our eight year old dog.  He’s cute too.)
10.What can you not leave home without? (cell phones are off limits) 
Car keys?
11.Mac or PC? 
12.Favorite dessert? 
I don't eat many mom makes these Mounds bars with coconut that are super yummy, so I'll pick that.  
Cold Stone:  sweet cream ice cream, oreos, yellow cake and a little bit of hot fudge in a plain waffle bowl
13.Favorite desert? 
I don't think I could name more than one, so I'll go with Sahara (if only because of the movie) 
 I don’t have a favorite.
14.Where is your dream vacation? 
I don't even have a passport, so anything out of the US seems exotic and dreamy. My husband's always wanted to go to New Zealand, so I'll pick that. 
 I visited Switzerland while in college.  Since I’ve had kids I’m afraid to fly, but I’d love to bring my husband back some day.  Option B is Las Vegas.  I’ve had the worst craving to go there lately.  Can you crave a place?
15.Finally, link us to your website, blog, fb, twitter and anything else you might like to shamelessly plug for yourself 
Thanks so much Abby.  You are one of the coolest and I’m so glad you’re off of your April break!


Vicki Tremper said...

Hey Ladies! Nice to meet you Abby, I'm now a follower of your blog, too. It was nice getting to know more about you all. It still strikes me as strange, yet wonderful, that we have so much in common!

Christy - you've got some great books on your TBR pile. Get reading!

Erica - I loved The Book Thief and The Hunger Games. Enjoy!

Colene Murphy said...

Bahaha! That is the first time anyone ever had that answer to the Rowling/Meyer fight. Made me snort. I love them, they are AWESOME! Fantabulous interview as always!

erica and christy said...

thanks for hosting us abby! we consider you an awesome bloggy friend too!!!! yay, vicki! glad you met abby. her blog rocks! i missed her and colene during their hyatus (sp?). they have blogs i check every time i'm hopping. it's finally sunny and warm today so i'm off to enjoy it!!!! christy

David Powers King said...

That's a swell interview. Glad to get to know Erica and Christy better. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Abby, Erica, and Christy,

So good to see the three of you together. What fun!

I did learn a few new things about you two. Hurray for you two meeting.

THis summer I hope to meet you Erica and Abby, if you're still coming to Chicago, I would love to give you and your family the Lincoln Park Zoo tour. The kids will LOVE it!

I am psyched about this summer and hope to connect with my blogging buddies.

Hope to see you all soon.


The Golden Eagle said...

Love this interview! :)

I agree--great answer to the cat fight question. LOL.

It was great to learn more about Erica and Christy!

Madeleine said...

Oh wow faces to names at last. Great to hear more about Erica and Christie. Loved your answers :O)

alexia said...

Yay, three of my favorite ladies all in one blog post! Great interview. LOL Big Time Rush... I have to listen to them, too. Groan.

Anonymous said...

Hello new 'stalker' here! *giggles*

Thanks for the interview. Great read!

erica and christy said...

Who knew that just by posting a picture of us - we would be responsible for blowing up all of the blogosphere?! Sorry, peeps, glad everything is back to normal (and thanks Abby!).

Donea Lee said...

(I've outlawed BTR in my house, luckily my 13-year-old was ok with it... :))

Great interview! I always love to discover new things about bloggers I know out there in the blogosphere. Thanks, Abby - for hosting. Thanks, Erica&Christy for some awesome insights!

erica and christy said...

aww..thanks, abby!!! you're so sweet for hosting us. i DID comment on thursday.... :0) christy

Jennie Bailey said...

I read this before now I'm craving ColdStone. I just lost half a pound too. And there's one right down the street. I will not get in my car. I will not get in my car.

Great interview! I will not get in my car. I will not walk there either. I love the picture of Erica and Christy!!