Asks & Answers #3

Welcome to the third installment of Asks and Answers by none other than yours truly. Readers have sent me lovely notes and have asked some questions so I figured instead of repeating myself, I'd answer them in this format. The formula is quite simple: 

readers ask questions + my answers = a blog post 

If you missed or are interested in the first two, check them out here and here

Away we go!

What do you recommend for aspiring writers: 

William Wordsworth said it best: "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." (Another favorite quote!) 

Also, read. Alot. Read books by your favorite authors and genres and read outside of what you may think you like or write. Read in the bathtub (*electronic readers not recommended, ahem), before bed, first thing in the morning, between classes, on public transport, whenever you have a moment. Read, read, and read some more!

Also, here are some ideas I shared in an interview with Cheyanne Young

Who is your favorite literary character?

It's hard to pick one, so instead I'll answer with a few. I know, I'm sorry! It's just so hard to choose! The characters I adore are often ones I find myself rooting for and/or those who stick with me long after I close the pages of the book. Characters that come to mind are Anne Shirley and Hermione Granger. They're both strong, smart, and feisty females whose story arcs are compelling. 

Same desk. New space. Also, now I have a swivel chair! Woohoo!

Where do you write?

Command central is smack dab in my living room. I used to have an office: private, scenic view, did I mention private? As in quiet, no interruptions or distractions? Suffice it say, I moved and now my lovely, custom desk is part of the living space...but the good news is, I've learned how to write amidst chaos, which is a decent skill. 

What inspires your ideas?

Life. You. Me. Usually the seed of an idea comes to me, influenced by something I've been thinking about or recently witnessed or experienced. Then if the seed starts to sprout, )that is little shoots of related concepts, characters, settings, etc. take shape,) then I'm off and outlining. 

What's your favorite band?

This is off-the-wall hard to answer. My iTunes catalog is spread across two computers, but most often on rotation is Franz Ferdinand, Fiona Apple, and Vampire Weekend. Here are a few playlists from writing projects. 


I can't say with absolute certainty that I have a single favorite song. I. Just. Can't. Do. It. But I don't want to leave you hanging either. Music, I believe, really can provide the soundtracks to our lives and there have been certain times that I've listened to a song over and over during a period of joy or sadness. The words, the tune, the voice, it all stuck with me. Here are three songs from the last three decades. Ha ha. I've so just dated myself!

Liz Phair's > White Chocolate Space Egg.

Jane's Addiction > To Match the Sun

Franz Ferdinand > Stand on the Horizon

Alrighty, there you have it. You asked. I answered. If you have other questions, writing related or otherwise, please leave them in the comments below, and I will do my best. Also, I'd love to know your faves: music, songs, books, cats, boots? Do tell!

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