What is your name?
What do you write?
Mostly YA contemporary, although I have a few put-aside WIPs that would probably be considered New Adult.
How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember. My 2nd grade teacher assigned us journal-writing exercises and I just sorta took off from there.
What location have you chosen for your retreat?
A cabin in the mountains, when it’s still slightly chilly. I’m wrapped in a blanket while sitting on the porch in a big comfy chair, enjoying the silence and fresh air. My cat is off on a nature adventure and not clawing at my arm or strutting across my keyboard.
How did you come up with the idea or find inspiration for your current WIP?
I wrote the very first draft when I was in high school and I honestly have no idea what inspired me. Although I do actually remember what prompted me to name the MC’s brother – I was watching a soap opera and a character named ‘Alan’ walked on-screen. I said, “That works!” Thus, Alan Geary came to be.
Open a random book to a random page. What are the first words that jump out at you?
“When Moridin reached the inn, the street was empty save for the dogs.”
That’s from my husband’s book A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson, p. 25. It’s about the millionth book in the Wheel of Time series. I’ve only made it through the first one and that took me a month. The line I found sounds totally creepy and foreboding.
There are more writing prompts and exercises at Sara Biren’s blog, so come join the fun!