I get these questions very frequently (sometimes even multiple times a day!). And the short answer is, unfortunately, no. But I completely empathize with how frustrating the road to (traditional) publication can be, so I wrote a comprehensive blog post to answer these questions in depth (along with many other frequently asked questions, such as… Read more »
I’ve always fantasized about being able to write at cute cafés or under an umbrella at the beach. But noise (even music without lyrics) doesn’t work well for me. So when I write, I usually camp out on our sofa in the sunny garden room or my upstairs office. Both spots have big windows, so… Read more »
The short answer is no, I don’t have a writing schedule. I used to feel very guilty about not being able to write everyday, but I’ve come to realize that I’m okay with writing in productive bursts, rather than steady, regular hours each day. Since I work at a movie studio during the day, I… Read more »
My ideas come from everywhere: while having a conversation, watching the news, traveling, walking our dog — see the photo below…isn’t he TOO CUTE??? Anyway, if you pay attention to the world around you (even the most mundane details), a story idea may pop up. I also find it helpful to explore other art forms… Read more »
Yes! A thousand times YES. I’ve always loved books and stories. I have a gazillion ideas, but the hard part is writing those ideas in a way that will make people want to read. I majored in English in college, but the funny thing is, I explored other “more practical majors” such as econ (yikes!)… Read more »
For a comprehensive answer, go to my post about writing and publishing here. The best training is to read, read, read. If you’re a bookworm, you already have a head start on everyone else who wants to publish their projects. Also, read not just the classics, but read what’s being published today. Plot, pacing and… Read more »
Ohhh I love this question! I work with Children’s Book World (my local independent bookstore in Los Angeles) to get signed/personalized copies into the hands of readers. You can order HERE (and please do indicate the recipient’s first name if you’d like a personalized copy). Thanks for buying my books!