Seven things others may not know – My Writing Life

my writing life

Seven things others may not know – My Writing Life

I have been challenged by Stacy Green Whisenand to share seven things about my writing life that others might not know…Since I chat with readers on Facebook and Goodreads so often, I’m not sure there’s much anyone doesn’t know, but here goes…

1) I drink tea not coffee. I have burnt up three tea kettles by taking a break when I am stuck on a plot, going into the kitchen and setting the kettle on to boil. As soon as I am away from the computer the plot twist I am looking for comes to me, so I leave the kettle on and think, I’ll just type this one line and come right back for my tea. Next thing I know I smell burning. I now heat my water in the microwave. It’s safer.

2) I think like my characters. If they are feeling evil, so am I. If they are happy so am I. When I was near the end of writing Passing through Perfect, I spoke with that Southern accent for well over a month.

3) I have what is probably the smallest desk in the world. It is tiny. Very tiny. My laptop is a 15″ MacBook Air, also small. I have no choice but to be fairly neat because if there is more than one notebook and one file folder on my desk it is overcrowded.

4) Sugar is my Bichon and she spends the entire day with me. When she isn’t sitting in my lap watching for the mailman, she is curled up alongside my feet. When she get tired of sleeping, she pulls a toy from her toy basket and brings it to me to throw. I love her to pieces, even when she is crazy wild.

5) My mom was my greatest inspiration. She was not a writer but she was an awesome storyteller and I like to think I got that from her.

6) I almost inevitably change the names of the different characters in a work in progress 4 or 5 times. I keep doing it until the name feels “right”

7) I cannot work if it is noisy or the television is on – even if it on the other side of the house. If an ant walked across the floor when I am writing, I would say, “do you have to stomp your feet.”

That’s it. That’s my seven things. I hope some of them were a fun surprise. It was a fun thing for me to do, like looking at myself through other eyes.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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