I’m lucky to have a lot of cheerleaders in my life. Friends, old and new (and virtual). Family, in their own way. Special readers. However, my biggest cheerleader (as an author) is the fantastic, Maria Elena Sandovici.
Essentially, Elena read Room 702 some years back, decided she liked it, contacted me and thus began a wonderful friendship. As an author, there are many special topics that only another writer can understand (even more so if you are of the self-published variety). Literally every week (and usually once a day) for the past three years, Elena and I have corresponded about our books, what’s working, what we’re working on, the highs and lows. I am so lucky to have her as my cheerleader!
Ten years or so into this writing game, my procrastination skills are in peak form. For example, this post is time away from a restaurant review I need to write, some corporate text I need to put together and my 1,000 words for today. Of course, if I want to leave my desk, I can do the dishes, put clothes away or, God forbid, exercise.
I’m going to procrastinate further by looking for an appropriate gif!
Oh daily challenge, my love for notebooks knows no limits. I’m currently using three (one for daily tasks, one for writing ideas and one for other more long term projects), but decided to post this image from when I started editing the Queen back in February.
Tea in the morning and a Diet Coke near lunch. A quick cuddle with my cat every hour. A good review. A spike in sales for any of my titles. A creative moment. A chat with another creative person. Hitting my word count for the day. Having a scene finally resolved. Lots of things keep me going!
This is actually a very difficult question! There are so many authors that I admire. A series of novels that have recently stuck with me and someone who’s writing style I very much admire is Sarah Maas. Of her novels, I think my current favorite is Heir of Fire, but I reserve judgment as she has more books coming out this year. I particularly enjoy Ms. Maas’s complex characters and outstanding world building.