Please help me welcome Abigail Johnson, author of IF I FIX YOUShe’s visiting A Book and a Latte today for a How I Write feature! Check out my Q & A with Abigail below, and be sure to follow the blog tour and enter the giveaway!

Abigail Johnson | bookandlatte.comAbout Abigail Johnson

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Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel.

Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or do you “pants” it? Prior to the book I’m working on now, I’ve been a pantser. I’ve never been able to write an outline and I rarely know what I’m going to write on a given day until I write it. However, I wrote a synopsis prior to drafting the book I’m working on now. I still have plenty of room to explore and discover—a perk of being a pantser—while having a loose guide to keep me on track and, hopefully, eliminate the need for as many drafts as I usually write. I kind of feel like I’ve hit on the best of both worlds. Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired? I write M-F and I take the weekends off. I’ve discovered that if I wait for inspiration, I waste a lot of time.  What time of day do you find you write best? Or you enjoy more? First thing in the morning or else super late at night. What tool(s) do you use to write? Microsoft Word, Pages, Scrivener, typewriter, pen and paper, and/or napkins/toilet paper? I can’t even imagine writing without Scrivener. Yes, it can seem daunting at first because it’s such a comprehensive program, but the nice thing is that you don’t have to use all the features built-in to Scrivener. I initially tried Scrivener because I wanted a completely full screen to write in, no menus or anything to distract me. I’m a total computer geek though, so I love discovering all the things I can do with it. How do you overcome writer’s block? I refuse to acknowledge its existence. That’s a glib response but it’s true. I don’t get writer’s block because I don’t let myself. When I feel stuck or uncertain as to where my story is going, I write anyway. I write completely worthless stuff that I know I’ll never use. Pure, utter garbage. Sometimes I write a lot of garbage—like a lot, a lot—other times it only takes a little, but eventually I come out the other side. The key is to never stop writing. That is the absolute worst thing you can do as an author. What do you use as inspiration while writing? (Music, pictures, etc.) When I’m revising or reworking a scene, I’ll go with certain songs that match the characters or mood, but for drafting it’s always rainymood.com. Thanks so much for answering my questions! 🙂

If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson | How I Write | A Book and a LatteWhen sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself. Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk. With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

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4 Responses to How I Write: Abigail Johnson (IF I FIX YOU)

  1. KM says:

    I’m already in love with this book!

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    Thanks for the interview! I enjoyed reading about this author’s process of writing her books. I’m excited about reading this book.

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