characters and cats are friends, not pets

Jul 29

Anonymous said: Do you have any tips for doing an R&R while querying agents? Were you ever asked to do one before you got the offer?

Okay I don’t know what R&R is. Do you think less of me?

Anonymous said: My dream is to write books full-time, but I don't know when I might be able to afford that. When did you decide you were able to write for a living, and have you had to give up anything to do it?

There’s no guarantee you’ll make any certain amount of money. I can’t speak to your personal situation. Me, I was broke and really had nothing to lose from trying, and I didn’t have to give anything up. I worked full time at a crappy job, and had the flu, the entire time I wrote Wither. Writing a book is free. Getting an agent is free. Getting published is free. So, whatever you’re doing to pay the bills, sneak in some writing time and see what comes of it. Nothing to lose from trying.

Anonymous said: What are your thoughts on the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie?

Like the rest of the world, I watched the trailer the second it came out because I had to see how they planned to do it.

but actually, when I was 13 I read my first adult novel (The Other Side of Midnight) which contained strong sexual themes, and from then on I began to see sex as a valuable theme in storytelling. In high school I had a copy of The Best American Erotica 2001 by Susie Bright in my nightstand and it taught me a great deal about not just the human condition, but how to write the human condition. I encourage aspiring authors to read as much as they can, and I encourage readers to read whatever strikes their fancy.

I say all of this so that my feelings about 50SG don’t get confused for book shaming or a fear of erotic literature. My feelings about 50SG stem from the blatantly idiotic portrayal of women everywhere, and the romanticizing of the very abuse that affects domestic partners every day. I don’t even see it as a book. I see it as a gear that’s winding our society backwards.

menpststlabujia said: What kind of things inspire you to write? have you some routine?

Someday maybe I’ll get a cat and name it Routine, just so I can tell people I have a Routine and that I like it and am committed to it.

Anonymous said: Hi! I am curious to know about your writing process. How many hours a day do you spend writing? Do you have a routine? P.S - Love pictures of your cats!!

Nope, I have no routine. My deadlines to write a first draft are usually a year or so, and that gives me the time to work at my leisure, which helps me to reflect. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks, but I make notes, or I just need to stop working on the draft entirely because I’m mad at it.

But during that year of writing the first draft, I’m also editing other things on a tighter deadline, and for that I may set aside a couple of hours a day to get it done. But even so, I have to take breaks often, because if I stare at it for too long the words stop losing their meaning.

So to answer your question, I have no idea what I’m doing, how I’m doing it, or how anything gets done.

I wonder if any adult has ever attributed their success and happiness to being protected from the scary books as a child.

twentysomethingvagabond:

Remember the time someone had an opinion about a book and no one died?

Anonymous said: What is the thing that surprises you most about being a published author?

No one has thrown a single rotten tomato at me.

jodimeadows said: Todd and Katniss say hi. They want to be your friends.

My cats want to eat them. Alas.

Anonymous said: What's your favorite kind of cake?

not poisoned.