Happy fall everyone! And what a great intro to my favourite season of the year. Thanks to the always wonderful J.J. Devine for this week's questions. If you've popped over here from LaNora Mangano's page, I have to confess that I loved her answer to the second question. Now let's see what I can come up with.
1. You’re moving right along with a storyline and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you or do you conform your story to your way?
As a pantser, I often get led down the garden path by my stories. However, so far I've been able to wrangle errant ideas back inside the fence. I like the surprises that writing this way brings, but I also like to make sure that I'm not destroying the book by letting my flights of fancy go mad.
2. What time of year is your best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring?
I write all year long, but I feel most invigorated in the fall. I love the cool air, being able to work outside with a hot cup of coffee, wearing a thick knit sweater. This is when I get most excited about starting new books. Of my five published books, two of them take place in the fall. Those are the two I started in the fall.
I also find the fall very romantic. Maybe it's the awesome fall moons (Harvest and Hunter are my favourites!) perfect for a stroll, or the spicy lure of cinnamon and all space covering everything from apples to roast.
We have mainly evergreens in my part of the island, so there's not a whole lot of crisp leaves, but the land changes in the autumn. Everything turns gold and red, the sky gets more rustic and I just fall in love with Newfoundland all over again. A lot of people come here in the summer, but I think everyone should visit now.
3. When looking for a publisher do you choose a traditional press, indie route, or one that does both, ebook and print?
There's no secret that I'm an indie writer. That's not to say that if one of the big pubs came knocking I'd toss them out the door, but I'd have to consider very strongly what they're offering vs what I can do myself, and at what cost. I love the control I have over my career and I love seeing that my successes are a a result of my work. And if I fail, I have no one to blame but myself. That's liberating.
Now, please do all my awesome blogmates a favour and hop along to all their posts today. You can start right here with the darling of British Columbia (perhaps my second-favourite province in Canada) Brenda Margriet.