Monday, 3 September 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet Monday

Hello everyone! This is my meet and greet post for the Gearing Up To Get An Agent Blogfest. Basically it's a way for me to introduce myself to you fellow GUTGAA bloggers and also I think it's a great way for those of you who were already following me to get to know me a little better. Deana Barnhart posted up some questions on her blog to answer, and I'll also add some tidbits that aren't mentioned in the questions.

Questions for the Meet and Greet:

1. Where do you write?
-I write at my desk in front of my bedroom window. I think it's a great place where I can look out on my backyard and get some inspiration from nature if needed. It's also great if there's a breeze and it's hot out. I will also move around the house if I don't feel like writing at my desk.

2. Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
-My bookshelf. It's full of novels and books that I need to either finish or start reading, as well as books that have already been read and textbooks that I need to read for this year.

3. Favourite time to write?
-I don't have one. I tend to write whenever, especially when inspiration strikes. Although I do tend to favour writing in the evening. I like to sit in bed then all curled up in my blankets and write under my reading light. It adds atmosphere!

4. Drink of choice while writing?
-Usually I'll drink water whilst I write. Sometimes I'll have milk or fruit juice or a smoothie, but it's usually water more often than not.

5. When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
-Oh I listen to music. I can't stand sitting in complete silence. I always need some kind of background noise, even if it isn't music. I love listening to classical music, movie scores, soundtracks, instrumental music, and other songs that have some kind of reference to what it is I am writing.

6. What was your inspiration for you latest manuscript and where did you find it?
-I was really inspired after reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore to write my latest manuscript. The inspiration wasn't exactly from that book, it was more from a character in that novel who also plays the heroine in Fire by Kristin Cashore. Also Tolkien has played a major part (of course) especially since I was currently reading The Lord of the Rings.

7. What's your most valuable writing tip?
-Always, always, always keep a notebook or paper on hand. You never know when inspiration will strike. I carry a notebook with me everywhere and jot down any inspiration or ideas that come to me.

Here are some other random facts that I'm throwing in here for fun.


  • I don't have a favourite colour, I go through phases.
  • I have three favourite numbers: 7, 12, 21
  • I played forward in rugby in my last year of high school, second row or lock if any of you know rugby/were wondering.
  • I've worn glasses since I was 9.
  • The first books I wrote were stories about Pokemon, also illustrated by yours truly, when I was six.
  • I am an English student.
  • Tolkien is my favourite author.
  • I'm a crazy Disney fan.

Well, I suppose that's all. If you have any questions just let me know and I'll try to respond ASAP. 

Quote of the day: If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads , but what he rereads. - Francois Mauriac