Whenever I see author tags on a author’s social media, whatever the platform, I am always excited to read more about them. I love knowing random things … it’s a standing joke in our family that I’m the queen of esoteric cr@p that nobody needs to know or would ever possibly use. Ha … and that’s why I am also the reigning queen of Trivial Pursuit in our house. Just goes to show how much they know. 😉
Anywho, I digress. Recently I was drawing up my blog plan for the year and scouring the internet for inspiration on topics, and came across the good ol’ authors tag. I thought, what the hay, I’m an author now (yup, still feels really weird to say that 😯 … LOL!!!) I can do it too.
So, without further ado … ten random things you don’t know about me.
1. Where is your favourite place to write?
My desk. I love to change up the scenery from time-to-time and pop out to a coffee shop or write at a friend’s house but for the most part I am happy to sit at my desk and write. There is a lovely big bush in the garden outside my window so if I’m lucky enough to have downtime to write during the day I get to watch the butterflies and birdies play in the bush outside while I create a world all of my own.
2. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Both. I love a good cup of coffee to get my day kick-started and I usually close out my workday with a cup of coffee but for the most part I’ll drink tea during the day. Or water – that’s my other go-to, especially when it’s hot.
3. What is your favourite book of all time?
Wow, that’s a hard one! I think it’s probably one of the questions authors dread being asked the most because there’s so many good ones to choose from. But if I have to pick only one then it would probably have to be Angels Fall by Nora Roberts.
4. NaNoWriMo – yes or no?
Yes. I’ve done NaNoWriMo twice now now. The first time I did well and finished. The following year I entered again but work got in the way. I ended up not finishing as I couldn’t squeeze writing in between all the work that flooded in. Last year (2017) I had the same issue. And it is so frustrating. At our final Romance Writers Organisation meet up for 2017 we came up with our own Romance Novel Writing Month (RoNoWriMo) which we’ll launch in March 2018. So hopefully that will work out better since it’s not in a crazy hectic month of the year. Super excited to participate in that.
5. What genre would you write if you had no restrictions?
I thought long and hard about answering this one honestly … LOL!!! I am completely intrigued by the writings of Sylvia Day, Eden Bradley, Shayla Black, Maya Banks, Kristen Ashley and the like. If I could write any genre then that would be it … hot alpha males hell bent on domination and sassy ladies standing up for themselves in a harsh world but willingly submitting to their guys without being a walkover. The world of dominance has me firmly enthralled!
6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Mind power … the ability to stare at a screen and will my words to just flow across the page as quickly as my brain thinks them up instead of having to type all the words and my poor finger can’t keep up with my brain.
7. Who is your favourite author?
Again, a toughie! I enjoy so many genres and so many authors but I guess romance will always be my number one. In the light of that, I would probably have to say Nora Robert (if I could only pick author).
8. What music do you listen to when writing?
I have very eclectic taste in music that spans some unexpected genres so my playlists will usually reflect that but I find certain bands or artists work best for writing different kinds of scenes. I find Nickelback up loud works well for writing sex scenes; Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban and Maroon 5 are generally good for writing emotional scenes; and a whole hodgepodge of music to keep me entertained while writing in general. I don’t find music with lyrics distracting so it really doesn’t worry me to have people singing while I’m writing.
9. If you could live anywhere where would it be?
My home city of Cape Town is beautiful and I love living here. I’m not sure I could imagine myself living anywhere else. But I do have a deep and abiding yen to travel and see the world. But if I couldn’t live in my beautiful Mother City then I would probably choose to live in British Columbia, Canada. The scenery is spectacular and reminds me of home.
10. What do you do when you have writers block?
Step away from my project. I’ll stop writing on it … just shelve it for a bit and work on something else. I’ll maybe whip up a blog or connect with a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while, go read someone else’s work, get outside for a bit or watch something with my husband and son (although this is fairly rare … I’m not a big TV/movie fan) If I come back to my project and find I’m still stuck I’ll either contact a writing friend to talk it out since they will always offer a different perspective or I’ll move on to a different part of that story and come back to the “blocked” area at a later stage. When all else fails then I know the project is not meant for now and I’ll shelve it long term then move on to something else.
There you go folk. Ten random things about me you never knew and aren’t sure you wanted to know anyway. Now you can’t say I never tell you anything. 🤣