The other Debs have tried to tell me what it’s like, the days after publication, but it truly is one of those things you need to experience to understand. I am exhilarated. And a little drained. And slightly obsessed with Amazon, which I hope is only a temporary ailment. But above all else, I’m tickled to be here, and fingers crossed, I get to stay a long, long time.
It’s finally my turn (in our second to last week of being 2015 Debs!) to take the Deb interview, so here we go:
What’s your secret or not-so-secret superpower?
Getting babies to go to sleep. I have a knack to taking a babe in my arms – even a screaming one – and with a few rocks and rolls of the hips and some shushing, to watch their little eyelids close within moments. But then I had my own baby and I learned it’s only a superpower I possess with OTHER PEOPLE’S BABIES. My kiddo never napped, would much rather craft or play or read or do puzzles than go to sleep, and so it turned out to not be a super helpful superpower after all!
What time of day do you love best?
Because my child is an early riser, I have come (been trained) to love the morning. And by morning I don’t mean when most rise with a yawn with just enough time to get ready for work or school – I mean 5 a.m. early. It’s quiet, and peaceful, and to me there’s nothing better or more inspiring than an almost-awake sky, a large mug of coffee, and my laptop.
What’s your next big thing?
Next up is the process of taking book two, BECAUSE OF YOU, from polished manuscript to finished on-the-shelf book — think cover art, author blurbs, acknowledgements, media forms and promotion. I have a personal connection to this story and can’t wait for people to read it! I’m also starting to think about the next book and am looking forward to diving into a new plot with new characters…
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.
I can be a perfectionist in many ways, and have made Tinkerbell, Queen Elsa, and seven-layer rainbow birthday cakes, but Pinterest always makes me feel like I’m not striving hard enough. So one thing guaranteed to make me cry laugh are birthday cake or recipe fails. Whenever I need a boost I Google “Nailed it + Pinterest” and settle in. And if that doesn’t work, Damn You Auto Correct! gets me every time.
What three things would you want with you if stranded on a desert island?
Lip balm (I’m slightly obsessed, and have at least three in every purse), cheese in any and all varieties, and the entire Harry Potter series. I’d also try to sneak my Kobo in my bag, but it would only last as long as its battery unless I could hook up some sort of solar powered device to charge it, made of coconut husks and the foil wrappers from the cheese … (See? Writers are endlessly crafting scenes in their heads.)
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
ALWAYS BE WRITING. It’s simple to say, not easy to do, but it’s what I tell myself every time I get frustrated, or am feeling less than jazzed about things, or need a kick in the pants. If I’m not writing, I’m not doing anything to move forward … and I really hate standing still (ask my husband — I’m notoriously bad at chilling out!) 🙂
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