Tuesday, October 25, 2011

All Day Q&A: Author Visit Style

So tomorrow I'm taking a trip down memory lane and heading back to my old high school to visit with the creative writing class.  So what better way to prep, and to ease back into blogging after last week's crazy, impromptu move to a new house, then an all day Q&A.  You know the drill.  You ask questions and I pop on all day with an answer.

Thought-provoking things like:

If you had to drink one Starbucks beverage for the rest of your life what would it be?

What is the nature of the universe?

How to you manage to look so radiant on the cusp of your thirties?

So ask away, and I promise to be back at the computer and returning emails now!


  1. Hi!

    Okay, me, me, me!

    First, now that you've been working with an agent, what do you think is the most important question to ask an agent during "the call"?

    What's your favorite thing about your new house?

    And how the heck can we get a query critique from you? =)

    So none of those are super thought-provoking. I need at least a week to come up with anything better.

  2. I would want to know how involved the agent will be once the book has sold, and how frequently you will speak on the phone. I can drop a line to my agent or call her anytime. I feel like we're on the same team. I know others who have wait weeks to hear back on manuscripts or emails. I appreciate my agent's Type A personality.

    My favorite thing about my new house is the bathroom, although the kitchen is a close second...I will definitely post pics as soon as we are unpacked.

    As soon as I catch up on other critiques I owe, I will be doing something to celebrate Nano. Stay tuned.

  3. Yay! Good morning! :)

    I don't have an agent, but I would definitely want to know those details, such as how and when you'd communicate. Great advice!

    What have you found to be the most challenging aspect of writing now that you're going to be published? And how do you approach those challenges?

    (I ask because I'm having plot issues right now, and I'm shamelessly hoping you can send me virtual Starbucks to ease the pain. ;) )

    Thanks, Genn!

  4. Here's a few:

    1. What are your favorite writing websites for newbies?

    2. What tips have you found most helpful?

    3. What one special thing are you going to do for yourself (or your family) when your book comes out?

  5. Hope you had a good house move.

    I'm enjoying reading all your answers to the great questions.

  6. I am very curious about the Starbucks beverage. Mine would be a grande non-fat no water chai (hot). Yours?

    If you could go on a book tour in any country other than America, which one would be your first choice?

  7. Kat, I think the biggest challenge I'm facing is writing book 2. It has to live up to a lot of expectations! And I'm still trying to figure out my next project!

    And girl, let me grab my gold card and we can do a virtual coffee.

  8. Hi Robyn! I love, love, love Querytracker and WriteOnCon as well as the nanowrimo website. There are many others, but those are the ones I frequent the most.

    Tips, hmmm. Have a damn good query! It seems like a horrible experience but my query is still the basis for my novel's description. Some of it has even made it on to the book jacket! Queries are important if hard.

    I'm hoping we can go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

  9. Ryan, I'm an Americano girl. Although I love a cappuccino (breve, six shot), but not every barista can make a good one. If I have a sweet tooth I'll drink a Grande Mocha, but I stick to the basics.

    Foreign book tour...gosh, I don't know! London or Spain or Greece...ok, clearly I can't decide!

  10. Good luck with it. I know you'll hit it out of the park. :)

    Virtual coffee it is. I wonder how many virtual lattes a gold card could buy... ;)

    Thanks for answering--great questions and answers! :)

  11. For the second book in your series, how are you handling the "backstory" from the first book? Do you assume people read the first? It's hard to do this gracefully--just wondering how you will go at it. :)

  12. Melissa, Book 2 picks up momwnts after book 1 ends, so I'm not sure. The characters will have to adjust tp what's happened so I think dialogue will be a natural place to refresh on the events of book one.

    I hope.

  13. First question, what is an "impromptu" move? Did you decide spontaneously to do this?

    Second question, how much of your trilogy were in your mind when writing book one?

  14. Um, yes, Laura. We had no plans for moving. A friend who was renting this great house called and asked if we wanted it because she was moving. Since we're still hoping to get out to the coast in a few years, we wanted to rent and this house is everything i wanted! We literally had two weeks to pack, buy appliances/furniture, and arrange the move.

    Second question: I'm not sure. I knew in a vague way that the story continued, and I knew what would happen with the relationships but less the plots. I had to really sit down before we went on submission and think about more detailed plans. So mostly I just knew about the MC's journey.