August 10, 2017

#CQWeek2017: Interview: @thwritingspider #Giveaway #Interview @CuriosityQuills

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Where can readers follow you?

Twitter: @thwritingspider

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? 
Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1): Tessa’s the newest agent with the FBI’s Supernormal Investigations unit. Solving crimes. Doing magic. Drinking bourbon.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre? 
Muddy Waters is the first in a planned series of 10 books, plus several short stories, novellas, and ephemera.

Where do you get your book plot ideas from?What/Who is your inspiration? 
I steal like a magpie. I am constantly on the lookout for characters, dialogue, ideas. I cast my net wide because in the pond I least expect it, there will be fish. 

What was the toughest/best review you have ever had? 
Ugh. I had to give my publisher a list of authors I wanted to invite to read and blurb the book. I gave them a list of maybe 15 and hoped that two or three would do it. I mostly chose midlist authors who write in the same genre as me, and who I thought might throw me a bone as a new writer. Well. I got one single solitary writer to accept. And then this person gave me a pretty crappy review. Three stars but the person made it clear s/he was being so very generous by giving it three stars because there were many problems with the book. It makes me feel a lot better to go to Amazon and read that person’s one-star reviews.

Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books? 
No. The reviews are not for the writer, they’re for readers. And I remind myself that there have been books I have absolutely hated and they made me wonder what kind of drugs the author/editor/publisher/New York Times Bestseller List were on and could I please have some because DAMN that is a craptacular piece of poo. But people are entitled to their opinions and they are entitled to share them. I’m just going to keep writing the best books I can.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Do you have a hobby?
I have been performing improv comedy for about six years. I play with a long-form cast in town called Project Improv and I love it. I’ve developed a workshop on how to use the principles of improv as a writer because improv has 100% made me a better writer.

Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you? 
Are you kidding?? That is the best part about being a writer! I had a hard time as a kid: I was terribly shy, introverted, and extremely bookish. I relish taking revenge on the people who have done me wrong by making them doomed characters in my books.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once? 
I’m a huge fan of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and I’ve read it so many times. I read my dad’s ancient copy when I was a kid, and fell in love. I love the wordplay and portmanteau, I love the riddles and the absurdity. I’m also a fan of “The Great Gatsby” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

Did you read a lot at school and write lots of stories or is being a writer something newer in your life?
I have always been a big reader. I read ahead of my grade level for years, even picked up Lady Chatterley’s Lover in the sixth grade. (I didn’t know what all the fuss was about…) In junior high I wrote short stories featuring my friends getting together with their crushes.

 If you could invite three favorite writers to dinner, who would you invite and enjoy chatting with? 
F. Scott Fitzgerald, for sure. And I would hope he’d bring Zelda as his plus-one. Lewis Carroll. Neil Gaiman and I would hope he’d bring Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos as his plus-ones. 

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Which do you prefer? . . . . .

Read a book once/Reread books more than once? 
I read SO SLOWLY that I have to be especially moved by a book to read it more than once. If I’ve read your book more than once, you have either paid me to do so, or you are my friend, or I REALLY liked it. 

Wine, Beer, Soft Drink? 
Wine or iced tea (I AM from the South, after all)

Dogs or Cats?

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