I feel like authors deserve so much from the readers. I believe that authors are people who really connect with us. It was actually an author who I "sorta" owe my life to. Authors and their words make us feel and they can help us.
In this event, I want to get to know the authors. I’d like to get interviews or blog posts about THEM in connection to their book. Who is the mind behind each author?
For each post, I leave links to connect with the author. Please take the time to use one of those links and leave a message for each author, if you can. It can be towards the book or it can be something as easy as “I love the post you wrote on Out of Time! <33”
Bethany Hagen is the author of Landry Park! I really enjoyed this one as it was Victorian and still pretty action-y. Honestly, I've always wanted to know about an author's writing schedule because I'm so not a schedule person, so this is very interesting!
Bethany's Writing ScheduleWhenever I meet fellow authors, I'm always insanely curious about their writing process. It's a little bit like flipping through the Behind the Scenes photos in EW or watching musicians record in the studio--it's peeking behind the curtain and getting to glimpse the elbow grease that makes a concept grow into a Real Thing. So, for those of you who care about such things, here's what my average day looks like:
7:00: Wake up when Hot Cop Husband leaves to go cop. Immediately go back to sleep.
7:37: Wake up for real when preschoolers start bouncing on my head, asking for waffles/eggs/Pop-Tarts/Barbie costume changes.
8:45: Drop off kids at preschool. Receive Shaming Look #567 from preschool teacher for being late.
9:00: Arrive at Karate dojo or my grandmother's basement, which has a weight machine and treadmill. Proceed to sweat for 90 minutes.
11:00: I'm showered! What should I do? Write? NO. EAT.
11:45: Eating's done. I am sad. Want to time-travel back to when I was getting ready to eat again.
12:00: Crack open laptop. Cry at number of emails. Miss eating. Maybe coffee will make me feel better.
12:10: I have coffee!
12:11: Okay, writing for real now. But tumblr first.
12:30: Start actually writing.
2:30: Look at all the work I've done! I should get on gchat and tell all my critique partners how much I've done! And also get back on tumblr.
3:00: Have to pick up kids soon--must work again.
3:07: Wish I was eating. Browse Pinterest recipes for five minutes.
3:12: NO. WORK.
5:01: Look at all the work I've done! I should text my critique partners and tell them!
5:11: Pick up kids from preschool. Brain still stuck in plot hole well.
5:31: Ignore Pinterest recipes and make chicken quesadillas for fourth day in a row.
6:15: The cop is home! He always likes my chicken quesadillas!
6:30: Play with kids. Bathtime and bedtime book.
7:30: See the cop for a while.
9:30: Cop goes to bed. Start writing.
10:30: Oh hi, tumblr. No, I wasn't doing anything. Why, of course that chapter can wait...
11:17: Start reading whichever book I'm working on (currently Control by Lydia Kang.)
12:00: Crawl into bed. Brain finds solution to plot hole well. Take notes on iPhone.
Of course, this only goes for my non-library days, which certainly isn't every day. Generally, I end up writing between 1000 and 2000 words a day, which isn't as much as many of my other friends, but to be fair, my brain is always working on the book. When I'm doing karate or running or finding a book for a patron or building Lego houses, I'm also trying out words and phrases, imagining soundtracks, replaying images in my mind. So I feel like I'm writing all the time, although usually I'm only writing four or five hours a day.
Anyway, that's me. What does your writing routine look like?
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