I’m beyond thrilled to have Sherry Thomas, author of the The Elemental Trilogy, back on A Book and a Latte today! She’s here for a How I Write feature as part of her blog tour for The Perilous Sea (which I absolutely LOVED!!!). Check my Q & A with her below, and then be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway for a chance to win!
About Sherry Thomas
Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or do you “pants” it?
LOL, the older I get, the less I like the term “pantser”, at least applied to myself: it makes me think of someone falling down a chute, limbs flailing.
And yet I am most certainly not an outliner. The problem I have with outlining, or writing scenes that are just dialogue and action, is that I quickly lose touch with my characters. Even in books that are stupendously action-driven, I find it difficult to move forward without knowing what my characters are thinking and feeling.
So I’d like to term myself an explorer. I have a large territory to cross, I am armed with a compass and a destination in mind. Sometimes the straightest path lead directly into quagmires. Sometimes trails I’m certain would guide me out of the forest disappear completely. And sometimes, as it turns out, where I end up isn’t at all where I thought I was going, but exactly where I need to be.
Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired?
Deadlines will inspire me to write daily. Coming off a deadline I might not write for weeks on end.
What time of day do you find you write best? Or you enjoy more?
2pm to 10pm. If I am all alone in the house, that’s when I’d write. But unfortunately 3pm is when children begin to turn up, looking for someone named “Mom,” and they don’t let up for hours. So I’ve had to adjust myself to writing at other times. But I am very much looking forward to a time when said children will have lives of their own and be no longer interested in dragging “Mom” off her laptop.
Do you have any writing quirks?
None, unless you count my disinclination for writing at desks.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Home, where I don’t have to think about whether to haul my laptop to the bathroom with me, or leave it where it is and risk its theft.
How do you stay motivated?
If I am under contract or some other kind of formal commitment for a book, a deadline is usually motivation enough. Otherwise, the only reason I’m writing a book is because I can’t stop writing it—so no motivation worries.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I’ve never had writer’s block. My problem has always been writer’s crap, as a sufferer of which I will happily produce crap until someone screams at me to, for God’s sake, stop. Then and only then will I see the crap for what it is and go, holy smoke, I better scrap all or most of this and start again from scratch. What? Three weeks left to rewrite the whole book? Sherry, meet motivation.
What are your thoughts on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?
They are both great. It’s a good time to be a writer, with more options than ever before.
What do you use as inspiration while writing? (Music, pictures, etc.)
I’ll Google Image something when I need to describe it, but usually music is what sets the mood for the book. (But I only listen to two kinds of music when I write, either epic or heartbreaking. I need to figure out how to compile a soundtrack for a comedy, because I’d love to write something funny.
What aspect of writing is most challenging for you? Easiest?
I think dialogue is not hard for me. Everything else is hard. Plotting is hard. Description is very hard. Getting a character’s emotional state down on paper is so hard that sometimes I play computer games all day just because I can’t get my head in the right space to write what’s in their heads.
And yet the stuff that is the hardest to do always ends up being the most rewarding, when finally done right.
The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2)
by Sherry Thomas
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Many thanks to Sherry Thomas and Rockstar Book Tours for having me as part of the blog tour! I loved learning how Sherry writes! Readers, enter the Rafflecopter below for chances to win this amazing giveaway!
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