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The First Author Highlight of 2014--Erin Ann McBride
Hey friends and fellow writers,
I'm pleased to highlight Erin Ann McBride. Aside from being my sister's bestie, she is a terrific romance writer. Erin Ann has been a working girl her whole life and has had some amazing experiences that she puts to good use in her books. I also really enjoy her sense of fantasy and how epic it can be for a couple to go to a great place and just enjoy each other and fall in love. She's a real techie and includes the savvy use of the internet and gadgets into her novels, which I find extremely interesting, because, let's face it, I'm awful with technical stuff. If it works, I'm good.
1) You write romance, but your characters are enmeshed in the high tech world of journalism and how the internet affects their lives. It's almost like the internet is a MC in your stories. How did you develop that idea?
There isn't an aspect of my life that media/internet/technology isn't a part of, so it comes naturally to incorporate it in my writing. Since I try to write "real" romance, (my characters have flaws and realistic responses, even if their scenarios aren't completely common), that means involving the real world, and the real world is often online now.
2) In your Cam and Hailey series, I can tell Cam is modeled after Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, if Mr. Darcy were a very famous broadcast journalist. Where does crazy Hailey come from?
Ah, close! But not quite!
Cam is based very much on an actual real-life journalist who shall remain nameless. Haley is me. She's from my hometown, works for an employer that sounds a lot like mine and physically sounds a lot like me. Haley is what I would/could be if my real life conversations could involve a backspace key.
3) You've got a full-time job in the nation's capital. How do find time to write?
Honestly, I wrote my first 2 books in the Haley series while I was mostly under- and unemployed. I've barely managed to get anything written since starting a full-time job again. But I'm working on it.
Writing is my release. It's my escape from reality. I'd rather write than watch TV. And sometimes I'd rather escape to my imaginary writing world than hang out in the real world.
4) When it comes to outlining, do you fly by the seat of your pants and see what turns up or do you plan it out before you ever sit down to draft?
I write when the mood strikes. When I feel inspired to write or I'm in the zone, nothing will stop me! I can write for hours without coming up for air. But sometimes you just aren't feeling inspired or you just don't know what to write next. That's when I turn to outlining. I usually have the whole story worked out in my head. I put it into an outline when I need to shape it up and figure out what is missing. If anything, outlining usually comes at the end for me. Or is the sign I'm about to scrap what I was working on and go in a different direction.
5) Do you have a writing routine, like writing at a certain time of day or listening to music?
For some reason the writing bug bites me around 9 pm at night, and usually after ice cream. I'll put on some music (usually Maroon 5, or classical, even though I don't really know why) just to block out the world around me.
I can't write at a desk to save my life. I prefer to always write on my laptop, and usually in bed. I've spent days on end in my bed and pajamas to get something finished. You'll never find me in a library or office space pecking away.
Here's why I'm not. Don't worry, I'm not sad about it. I'll get my chance;)
I found a wonderful editor, reasonably priced, who will do the final proof read and formatting for my prequel novella and book 1. I feel like running on the beach!!! I wish I could (maybe when I visit my sister in FL this fall). I'll be taking about a month off of writing to tend to my yard. It's spring, people, and the sunshine is calling!!! And we have had some beautiful trees and plants get damaged and die. We really did have a tornado touch down in several places last fall--in Utah--of all places. I'll be doing a lot of new landscaping in addition to my usual spring planting.
It's gonna be hard work, but I'm super happy that I'm still making progress toward publication. Check out Juli Caldwell at oh, how novel. She's an amazing writer and editor.
Because I can't resist, I'll be posting on the progress of both. So, be prepared for FLOWERS!
Psst! I'm here to interrupt your holiday festivities to let you know that I had a very productive November! Didn't get the 50K, was shooting for half that and got very close. So, I'm half a winner, I guess. I also had a birthday, an anniversary, Thanksgiving and a bunch of other commitments that I knew would steal time away from my writing, so I'm feeling pretty good about this accomplishment. I really do think I can finish this book in January. I mean, really, what happens in January? Except for skiing, of course! So, after the family Christmas party that I'm in charge of tomorrow night, I'm going to write about my experience doing NaNoWriMo. It has been an adventure, to say the least. Happy Holidays!
Okay, who has an anniversary, a birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas prep all in the month of November? That would be me, so why am I doing NaNoWriMo? I'll have to answer that question after I get through this month, because frankly, I just don't have time to do anything other than try to plow through this second novel. I'm even cutting back on the goal, but only because I have several chapters already written.
I guess I'm a nano rebel because I'm shooting for 25,000, half the nano goal, but sheesh, November is busy and right before the holidays. Staying chained to the computer is harder than I thought! Oh, I've never gone red before. Not sure I'm loving it, but it was fun to try.
Another fun fact: I pinned this photo to Pinterest and it has gotten more likes and repins from people all over the world than anything I've ever posted. She's inspiration for my main male character's grandmother. I just wrote her into a chapter yesterday and I really lo…