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All this week I will be releasing segments of an interview I conducted with fellow author, V S Nelson, American author of Paranormal Romance fiction. Have a look at her profile and books here.
Part 1 : Virginia’s Writing Muse
What is a typical day for you? I write full time, six hours a day, six days a week. I get up by 4, on computer composing rough drafts by 5, Edits and rewrites after late lunch. Evenings are reserved for meeting with Critique Partners, technical advisor and editors or you can find me at a local Romance Writers of America (RWA) or other writing organization meetings. I am also a chairperson for the Arizona Dreamin’ Readers convention, serve as a judge for several RWA chapters and several other writing contests. I’ve never been one to do anything half way – I look at my writing as I would any other career. When I instructed school I also served on various boards and committees, NOW it is my way of giving back to the writing community that helps support all of us. I have also noticed that every time I attend a physical-in person meeting, like a local RWA meeting, I am jazzed for at least a few days. This is reflected in my writing and daily word count. Guess it has something to do with being around all those inspirational and creative minds.
Do you Plan your books before writing? Nope, I’m one of those strange creatures whose Muse shows up in her dreams. I write what I am shown… Kind of like writing out a screen play for the movie you just watched. Gabriel (character from her current book) tends to lead the rest of the muses for the series – only makes sense since he is their leader and he was the first one to request (or demand) I write his story. Since them whose ever book I am working on tends to take over and show me what they want me to see. The hardest muse I have had to work with is the hero from my commercial fiction story, “Sins of a Man”, the story of a Mafia Hit Man. Needless to say he can be a little “scary” at times.
How do you get over the fear of a “blank page”? Have never really had one. If the Muse doesn’t show up one night I pull out a tape recording previously made, listen to it and write. I carry a small hand held tape recording device. I record scenes that I see when I am awaken from a dream or if I am awake day dreaming away from home so that I won’t loose any of the details if I choose to write it later. When Gabriel first started to unveil the Guardian’s story it was very complex and he “fired” things at me so fast I was afraid I would loose some of the valuable information. I still carry the recording device with me just in case.
How did you find your Muse? Gabriel is actually a man of few words but he does have an overwhelming presence. He actually approached me while I was still teaching in Egypt telling me, he had selected me to write the Guardian’s story. I really didn’t have time to mess with him at that time, nor did I think he made the right selection. I’m thankful, he is also a patient muse and waited until I retired. When he approached me again, I finally gave in to his request… thinking it would shut him up. Little did I know one book would turn into an eleven book series and by allowing him in, I also opened the door to several others. Telling the average person you hear voices in your head can lead to some very strange looks.
Do you have a special writing place? Don’t we all? My big L shaped desk has actually taken over half of my living room. Kids are all grown so there is no reason to be stuck in another room. I drink coffee all day long, usually until my dinner break. At night I switch to Diet Pepsi.
In Part 2, Virginia reveals her thoughts on the publishing industry.