Today I’m doing a Fun Friday Meme for all of you writers out there. Basically, I’ll answer a few questions about my own writing. Then you are encouraged to take a moment to copy and paste these questions onto your own blog and answer them, yourself. Leave a message here when you’ve done it so I can hop on over and check it out. Let’s get to know each other a bit.

1. What’s the last thing you wrote? Besides comments on a message board I moderate, I polished up my ACFW Genesis contest entry – wrote a new scene from scratch.

Was it any good? I hope so!

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? A story I wrote in 6th grade called, The Summer I Went to Honolulu. It’s not complete but I love it. It even includes characature drawings. LoL

Write poetry? Not as much as I used to. I’ve been meaning to put together a batch of greeting card verse (which is pretty much poetry) to submit to Blue Mountain Arts and to DaySpring. Gotta get on that.

Do you type or write by hand? Almost always type. But with poetry, I need my pencil and paper.

Do you save everything you write? Since losing an entire manuscript, YES!

Does music help you write? Sometimes I put music on and sometimes I like it quiet. Depends on my mood.

Do you even show people your work? Hmmm. Yes and no. I have no problem sending my work to a crit buddy or two but rarely show my family or friends. Published work is different. I guess I need to know something is publishable before sharing with those close to me.

Do you want to write for a living? I want to and I DO!

Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper? Yes, both. Well, the newspaper thing was just a letter to the editor but, hey, it was printed. I’ve had a couple of magazine articles published (the most recognizable magazine is Christian Home & School) and I also have a short story that will be published by Mature Living in August. My goal is to start submitting more to print magazines.

The last thing you’ve had published for pay? I have a short story coming out in Mature Living this August, so that would be the latest print article I’ve gotten paid for. Online, it would probably be one of my monthly newsletters.

Fiction Writers…

Where do you get ideas for your characters? Probably bits and pieces of people I know. I tend to look for (and love discovering) the quirky and bizarre things people do. Incorporating them into my characters is fun.

Are you a Pantser or a Plotter? Totally a Pantser. Taking time to plot takes the fun out of it for me. I basically spend a bit of time mulling over the story in my head until I have a good idea of where I’m going with it. Then I start with gusto and like to see where my characters and the story take me. Once I’m in a few dozen pages, I stop to semi-plot, just to get things straight in my mind and brainstorm new twists.

Have you ever written sci-fi, fantasy, or horror? Nope. Never have and probably never will. Not my thing.

Ever written romance or teen angsty drama? My finished novel is Mom Lit and that has a little romance in it. I’ve also written several romantic flash fiction pieces. The first novel I ever started (and LOST – see question 6, above) was a YA, although it wouldn’t exactly quality as teen angsty drama.

Genre of choice? Contemporary anything – mystery, romance, drama. Mystery would be the genre I most like to read.

Do you favor happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers? I would say it depends on the story, but I really don’t like to write cliff-hangers unless, of course, the book is part of a series. Otherwise, closure is always the goal.

Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind.

All men cheat.

At least, that’s what my mother’s told me—a gazillion times. Okay, so Mom has valid reasons for her opinion. Let’s look at the facts. My father cheated on her. The three men she’s dated since she and my father divorced twenty-eight years ago cheated on her. And she’s positive her married boss is having an affair with a cashier at the convenience store where she works.

“A much younger cashier,” she keeps stressing.

And then, of course, there’s all of the cheating going on in Genoa City, where most of Mom’s favorite soap characters may not be young, but are inherently restless.

This is taken from Mind over Madi, the novel my agent is currently pitching. It’s probably one of the most memorable things I’ve written – at least, memorable to me.

YOUR TURN! I’m tagging all of you to copy and paste this FUN FRIDAY MEME onto your blog. Don’t forget to come back and let me know. I’ve love to check it out.

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