New Year Blues
I have found the hardest part of the year so far, has been getting back into the swing of it. I have been suffering from a bout of writer's block, and a loss of momentum this month. I'm not sure if it has been because of my need to avoid social media and news at the moment, or because of it. But either way, my drive to write is a thin trickle instead of a raging torrent. I have, however, finished some editing and planned ahead for 2021. Goals are always important. As I was on my morning walk/jog today, I was reminded of how hard it was walking in the hills when I first started. My legs ached, my chest felt tight and my breathing was shallow. Now, I am starting to challenge myself into running, and again I bring about the symptoms of my body being pushed harder, but it seems less daunting now. I think writing is a lot like getting your fitness back. At the start, it can be hard and stressful, but eventually, you get back into the rhythm and things start happening. Sometimes you hit the dreaded plateau, and you are sure you will never achieve more ever again. But this too passes if you keep stretching out, and pushing further until before you know it you're back into the swing again. So I am continuing my writing marathon this month and being gentler with myself. Baby steps are still steps just the same.
Let's see how this month's authors are tackling their New Year blues...
This month's authors:
Kia is a multi-award-winning author, once designated the best new author of 2015 by AusRomCom Today. She is both brilliant and prolific in her writing, so I was keen to see what her world looks like.
As a full-time writer, what does your day look like?
Long. Haha. I wake up at 5 am, have a quick coffee as I throw the gym gear on, and head to the gym. After the gym, I’ll come back and walk my fur baby, Sia, and I’ll listen to audiobooks, podcasts or if I’m in the process of plotting on my WIP, I’ll spend this time talking to my characters and figuring out the next stage. When I get back, I’ll make an awesome breakfast then start with the admin stuff. Replying to emails, check up on my ads, etc. My days vary depending on the projects I’m working on at the time. Currently, I’m in the process of editing my WIP, so I’ll spend the day on that. And at night time I’m focusing on editing my Author Interviews for my YouTube Channel.
What do you consider your greatest writing achievement?
The people I’ve met. I’m proud of the books I’ve written and the success I’ve had with them. But I think what makes it extra special is the community and network I’ve created. It’s been the blueprint to so many of my awesome opportunities and making new lifelong friends. Specifically, in regards to writing, I would say publishing fifteen books so far, with eighteen written and still going. That’s an amazing feat!
If you could meet any author alive or dead, who would it be and what would you say?
Oh my, this is a hard one! Just one, really?! Hmmm, I think I’d love to meet Leigh Bardugo. I love her books and work. I’ve met Sarah J Maas, who would’ve been my first choice if I hadn’t already had the amazing chance to meet her. And what would I say to Leigh? Congratulations! You’re my new best friend! Haha But seriously, I’d let her know how much I appreciate her style and storytelling.
As a well-traveled person, what are your favorite places in the world, and do they influence your writing?
Absolutely. Travelling has been just as important for my personal growth as it has been for my writing. There are so many experiences and different relationships I’ve acquired over the years because of traveling. On top of that, cultural and diverse backgrounds have expanded my ability to involve different themes and subject matters in my book. My favorite places are definitely Edinburgh, Scotland, where I lived for a year. And I love Manhattan, New York. Central Park is my favorite place in the world! Can’t go wrong with food in Italy either- Yum! Mamma Mia! x
Readers can find Kia almost everywhere. She's a bit of a social butterfly, though most of her attention goes into Facebook and Instagram. She's always posting quirky things on there.
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking out her books, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
JD has written a range of books, including several book series. I was keen to learn her secrets.
What is the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is that it feels so completely right. I told my family I wanted to be a writer when I was ten years old. Everyone said, “That’s nice, but what will you do for money?” Which, by the way, is a valid question. I told them I wanted to be a physicist which for anyone who knows me, is absurd.
The worst part is there is a lot of waiting in writing and publication. Waiting when you submit. Waiting to hear back from an agent or an editor. Waiting for your work to be published, which often takes quite a bit of time. The key is to keep working on other things in the meantime, but if you aren’t a patient person, and I am not one, the waiting is a challenge.
How often do you write and where is your favorite spot?
I write at my desk, which is my favorite spot. I can write anywhere though. I look at it like the advice we give new mothers. “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” Well, the writer’s version is, “Write whenever you have an opening.”
I don’t write every day, but I do something to push my career forward every day, like working on my next newsletter, or outlining the next book, or just listening to a podcast on writing/publishing. A tiny step forward every day is still a step forward.
Can you describe your favorite character and why they are?
Impossible. I have so many. I love Bubba the Monster Hunter by John Hartness. I write a Monster Hunter Mom series (The Devil’s Been Busy) set in that universe because I loved Bubba so much I wanted to be a part of that whole adventure. Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter is amazing as is Nell Ingram, another one of her characters. You can’t go wrong with either of these.
One of my own favorite characters is Waylon Jenkins, my Zombie Cosmetologist, who gets wrapped up in a murder mystery when bodies show up with limbs missing and the local police captain thinks the zombie is the perpetrator because after all, who else needs the spare parts? Waylon is a makeup artist to the stars and is a lover, not a fighter. He’d rather be helping his clients look their best. His first adventure is in Pluck & Cover.
Fae or Wizard?
For myself? Wizard. I’ve got too many favorite wizard characters not to choose that. Both Harry’s, Dresden and Potter, Gandalf…
JD likes to engage with her readers via:
https://www.slipperywords.com and is also on Facebook and Twitter as JDBlackrose.
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out or purchasing her latest book Love & Other Disasters (out Dec 2nd), and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler
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