I recently had the opportunity to write an author profile for the site Literary Mama. This was an interesting experience for several reasons.
First, I had never written a profile like this before. I have done interviews for radio, but not written. It was interesting going through the process of emailing back and forth, rather than talking face-to-face. I had to think through the questions a bit more. The editors were great in helping with suggestions for follow-up questions and rearranging them to flow better.
Working with editors was another new experience for me. So far, it has just been me writing on my own either on a blog or for NaNoWriMo. It was a little intimidating having someone read over my work, but their feedback was incredibly helpful.
The profile is on author Lisa Doyle, who wrote her first published novel during NaNoWriMo. She also has a full-time job outside the home, and still manages to write. I found her to be an inspiration for my own writing career.
And finally, this whole thing was interesting because I read a book that is not in my usual reading realm of sci-fi/action/fantasy/mystery. Lisa’s book Milked is about a woman who becomes a wet-nurse in modern day Chicago. And I am so glad I read it. It was honest and funny and handled the topic of breastfeeding well. So it was fun to take a chance reading something different. And I liked Lisa’s style so much that I’ll be reading whatever she publishes next.
So please take a moment to check out the conversation with Lisa Doyle and see what else might interest you on Literary Mama.
I tried writing in a journal a few times when I was younger, but it seemed like someone would always manage to read it. Each time someone else read one of my journals, it felt like an incredible violation of privacy. It also usually resulted in that person being mad at me for what I had written, which didn’t help. So I stopped writing down my thoughts and feelings and just kept them to myself.
Then along comes this internet thing and along with it social media and blogs. Now journals aren’t just little books with cute, easy to pick locks on them. They are 1’s and 0’s out in the open for the whole world to read.
The whole flippin’ world.
The thought of it was and still is horrifying to me. But I put on my big girl panties and dutifully signed up for social media accounts and even posted a comment now and then.
Several years have passed since joining the cyberspace society and so far I haven’t completely pissed off anyone with anything I have posted online. At least not that I know of. Yet. I got brave about a year ago and started a blog. It was a big deal for me to do this, but I wasn’t writing anything terribly personal. Just talking about stuff I made and having fun with it. Still haven’t completely pissed off anyone that I know of.
Then I recently decided to make a go of this whole being an author/writer thing, and started this blog. I also set up a Twitter account dedicated to it. It has been interesting “meeting” new people via Twitter and seeing what others are sharing. I see all of these people tweeting back and forth and I find I’m still mostly standing on the sidelines. Still the shy girl who is afraid to write anything that someone else might read. (I have already thought about just deleting this post and not publishing it because this is the most personal thing I have ever written online.) Continue reading
I don’t like conflict.
And I recently realized it shows in my writing. But not in a good way.
I have been going through the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year and noticed a couple of the characters getting along way too well in parts of the story where one of them should have been super pissed off at the other. It nagged at the back of my head a little bit when I was writing it, but I didn’t fully see it until reading through the whole story again. (This is why we edit, right?)
This also struck me as a bit funny because one of my favorite writing moments from last year involved the first big argument between these same characters. I was happily typing along letting the story unfold as my fingers hit the keys when I thought, “These people have been getting along really well. Almost too well.” And within a few sentences one of the characters started a rant with “Oh, f**k off!” I paused for a second and thought, “Okay. I guess they are going to fight now.” I think I actually giggled because it was such a cool feeling to have the story just flowing onto the screen like that. Then I quickly went back into the rant and finished the scene. Continue reading
My desire to write came from a love of reading, which seems to be true for a lot of writers.
I tend to be drawn to books in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, but I have read books from pretty much every genre. If I had to list my favorites (notice I didn’t say my favorite singular, because that would be almost impossible to pick one), I’d have to go with the following:
Some of my favorite authors are:
As I write this post, I keep thinking of more books that are among my favorites (the Harry Potter series, The Girl on the Train, Enigma…). If I keep adding them to the list, I’ll never get this post published! So I will share those in later along with any new books I run across that I love.
Have you read any of the books listed above? What are your favorites? I love talking to people about books! 🙂
Hi! My name is Rhonda Havig and I am a wife, mother, and writer. I have a BA in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University (Go Jacks!) and I took so many English classes as electives that ended up with a second minor. Why so many English classes? Because I love to read and I found myself drawn to the literature classes.
After college, I worked in bookstores for a few years. I would basically hand back my pay checks to buy books, especially when I was at a used bookstore that sold Vladimir Nabokov first editions. I eventually moved on to a couple of sales and marketing positions before ending up in the information technology realm where I remain today. I have worked in pretty much all aspects of web development including content development, design, coding, and server and database management.
Over the years, I have moved further away from the creative aspects and found that I really missed it. So I started trying different arts and crafts and in 2015 started a blog about it called Havig It All. I enjoyed writing about the creative adventures as much as trying new things. Around that same time, I heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Writing 50,000 words in 30 days sounded ridiculous. And so very tempting to try.
I decided in September to participate and thought about what story I would write. I knew exactly what it would be by mid October. Then on October 31, I changed my mind and went in a different direction. This made November even more interesting writing the story with little to no planning. I wrote my butt off and managed to not only finish the story, but I wrote just over 50,000 words in 23 days. Woohoo!
And that was it. I was, and still am, hooked on writing. As a result, I have taken workshops, read books, and talked with other writers in an effort to learn more about the craft. I also started this blog to write about writing, as well as books and authors I like.
(NaNoWriMo Winner Image Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)