Thursday, February 16, 2012

14 Questions

I was tagged in the question meme, twice! Since I'm sucker for these things, I couldn't pass the opportunity up :)

First, Melissa Dean over at the Guardian Writer has me answering 11 questions of her choosing.

1. What type of genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Young Adult, I like fantasy and  paranormal elements in my writing. My current work in progress involves time travel, which is uber fun and uber hard since so many people have different opinions and views on what the rules of time travel should be. But I don't let that stop me!

2. Describe one of your characters.

 Chrissie is the Main Charter in my WIP, she has been teaching herself history, and learning to kick butt at her fathers Dojo so that she can travel through time. Oh and I did I mention she speaks eight languages? Her family exposed her to a lot of culture when she was young. Plus she's a bit snotty and sarcastic. I love her.

3. Who is your dream agent or dream publisher?

Whomever believes in my book as much as I do.

4. How long have your been writing?

I can't really put a date on when I started writing. I started believing in my writing my senior year of high school thanks to a really awesome teacher. But I didn't get serious about writing until I started blogging last April. 

5. What writing accomplishment are you most proud of?

I try not to be proud of my writing becasue I believe there is always room for improvement. I'm only happy when I find myself doing better, but I still want to push harder.

6. If James Cameron directed a movie of your life, what would be the title?

Oh gosh, this one is hard. Ask me again after I've made it big and I might be called something like "Never Stop Dreaming" I don't know...

7. Plotter or Pantser?

I'm little bit of both. I write a very loose outline and then I let the story drive me where it will.

8.  Where do you get your writing ideas?

Anywhere I can. Life is full of opportunity's for inspiration.

9. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? (Hehehe, get it? Night Writer! Knight Rider!)

Lol. I am Knight Rider, thank you very much! No really, I used to get up at 4:30am, but now that I'm prego

I don't have the energy for that, so I write before bed.

10. What actor do you see playing a part in your novel/movie adaptation?

I don't like to pin down actors, it limits me too much. But here is a Picture I found of someone who kind of looks like Chrissie --

Just thin her eyebrows out a little and make her hair wavy. Oh and put her in black or purple, white does not work for her.

11. Favorite character in a book (not your own)?

I can't pick!! I think I would have to say Miri from Princess academy becasue she makes the best out of a tough situation, and never stops trying to improve herself.

Next, I got three more Questions from Hannah Hale --

1. Favorite traditionally published and indie books you’ve read?

Traditionally Published? I could name at least a dozen. Harry Potter, Enders Game, Artemis Fowl, Divergent, Variant -- I could go on and on but you get the idea.

As far as Indie books go, I have a neighbor who is a fabulous writer (and a great critique partner!) She writes LDS romance, but I really like her books. Her name is Roseanne Wilkins if you want to hop over to her blog and say hi! 

2. All of you are regular bloggers and Tweeters and writers. How do you balance social media and writing time?

This one is tough to do, and I'm no master at it. But I do social media during the day where I can, then I spend the evening with my family. When Ten O' Clock hits, it's writing time. It's the only time during the day I can devote full concentration to my book. I haven't been great about lately becasue I'm so tired from pregnancy, but I will get this book done before the baby is born!

3. If you could pick anyone as a writing partner, who would it be (and why)?

Anyone? Anyone in the world? There are so many people to choose from (including some amazing bloggers) but I think I might say Shannon Hale. She's just so positive, and I think it would be a blast to work with her :D

Now, I'm suppose to tag people and make up my own questions, but I don't really like to play by the rules. Instead, I want everyone who comments to pick one question (from the ones above) and answer it for themselves.

Have a great weekend everybody!


Joanne said...

This was fun, thanks for the look into your writing life. And I agree with your #8. Life is the best inspiration for stories, so full of possibility on the page.

Angela V. Cook said...

I loved your answers--especially number five. I totally agree! Trouble starts when writers start getting too proud of themselves ;o) It's always good to stay a little humble.

Kelley Lynn said...

Haha. Knight Rider. Love that :) I'm a night writer myself :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent answer on number 3, KITT.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I couldn't write in the morning because my brain doesn't work before noon.

David P. King said...

"I try not to be proud of my writing becasue I believe there is always room for improvement."

Exactly! Loved your answers, J. :)

Unknown said...

I'm just like you for #7. Rough outline and then off I go! I discover so much of my worlds simply by writing them.

Weaver said...

Like you, I'm kind of both a plotter and a panster, though probably a panster by preference. But I've got a SciFi book that is going to become a trilogy, so I'm going to have to do some serious plotting for it.

Nice to learn so much about you.

Precy Larkins said...

Awesome meme! I'm still amazed at your ability to write, blog, tweet, and be a mom while PREGNANT! Seriously, you have superpowers, woman. ;)

Angela Brown said...

Love your responses. We have quite a bit in common. Love the change to purple or black for your character :-)

I'll give this on a try:
6. If James Cameron directed a movie of your life, what would be the title?

It would probably be Phoenix by Design or Rising Ashes. I've done a bit of crashing and burning in my lifetime. But I don't stay down. I try to rise from the ashes and keep going. After all, not much can come from doing nothing at all.

Mark said...

Great to learn more about you. I always find the questions about when did you first become a writer difficult to answer. The answer for me often seems "always."

Amie said...

I love the comment you made on Melanie Fowler's blog today. I just went through that very thing. Reality is harsh when you've been doing the dishes with dreams of instant stardom dancing through your head! :) I'm following your blog now and I can tell I'm gonna love it!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Fun questions. I got this challenge as well and it's probably time to actually do it ;)

Shallee said...

Fun questions! I love getting to know people better through these kinds of things.

I'm a night writer too. I can sometimes get a bit in during the day if my son naps, but mostly I write after he's in bed.

Leigh Covington said...

Fun answers Jen! I had no idea you'd only been blogging since April. WoW! You're awesome!

Jayrod P. Garrett said...

Fun answers to your Questions Jen! Blogging almost a year now is a huge accomplishment. I hope to have as much success with mine as you have with yours! You are amazing! As for the question (#7) I am also both a plotter and a pantser. I do a ton of world building and then place the characters in that world and allow them to teach me about themselves. It is great fun!

Carolyn V said...

Those are great answers! I agree with #1, 6, & 8. I totally do the same things. ;)

Hannah Hale said...

Thanks for playing along :) Now I have a new indie author to check out, too!

Shannon Hale...we LOVE her books. My favorite is Enna Burning and depending on which daughter you'd ask, we cover the spectrum of her other YA's.

My fantasy co-author person is Sara Zarr. She gets better with each book.

Christa Desir said...

Awww...this is sweet and fun. I can't imagine starting to write at 10pm, but I've always been a morning person so I'm more 5am. Tomato...tomato...

How is your pregnancy?

Margo Kelly said...

Great to learn more about you! I'm a pantser, but I'm considering trying a PLOT for my next WIP ... considering ... :)

Erin Shakespear said...

Fun blog. :) I'm definitely a plotter...but I have Pantserish Moments.

Golden Eagle said...

I'm usually the same with the Plotter or Pantser? question. I don't enjoy nailing down every single detail of a story, but I hate going into a project without some kind of outline.

I love Artemis Fowl. :)

It was great to read your answers!

Unknown said...

I loved this. I'm stopping by from the Platform Campaign. Cheers.

Sarah Tokeley said...

The question 'where do you get your ideas from?' always makes me laugh - where don't we? :-)