1) Computer, longhand, or other?
Mostly computer. There was a time when I thought I could never write except with pen and paper. I felt I needed that connection and could not imagine ideas flowing from my fingertips to a keyboard. Now, I use only the computer, except for the notepad I carry in my purse for those moments when I’m away from the laptop and something comes to me.2) Coffee or tea?
Coffee. I drink coffee in the morning or sometimes make a Ginger Frothy Coffee. My son gave us an espresso machine for Christmas and we named the concoctions we came up Ginger Frothy Coffees. After that I switch to water.3) Day or night?
Hmm. You didn’t specify -- day or night what? I’m going with the g-rated possibility. I write in the day. I have to say, I used to write at night. I am, by nature, NOT a morning person. I used to stay up to 2 or 3 in the morning writing. But, then came kids who expect breakfast and I changed my schedule. I admit, though, that I could go back to the schedule of early adulthood in a flash.4) Favorite genre to write?
Mystery, more suspense than cozy. But I’m currently trying my hand at a Young Adult novel with a touch of fantasy.5) Pencil or pen to edit?
Pen. But different colors of ink. I like to print out a hard copy after I’ve edited on the computer. Then I read through the manuscript several times, each with a different color pen. When I input the change into the computer copy, I put a pencil check-mark by it. If it becomes too convoluted on the printed copy after several changes and re-writes, then I print a new copy.6) Unusual writing quirk or trait?
Me? Quirky? I refer you to answer #5.7) Writing from home or writing in a cozy café?
Home. Sometimes with the door shut to block out my husband, who offices out of the house. His voice carries and he’s in the loft, usually on the phone, pacing with the Blackberry in his ear. I can’t concentrate with noise, even music. I begin to listen to the voices or song.8) Music or silence while your write?
Silence. Even music distracts me. I keep a couple of favorite CDs on my desk that I pop into the computer when I’m doing something that doesn’t require concentration, like paying bills.9) Favorite motivational writing quote?
Don’t let others rent space in your head!10) Favorite bookmark?
Les Edgerton, Finding Your Voice: How to Put Personality in Your Writing
A strap thingy. It’s a hard plastic stick bookmark with a stretchy loop strap attached at the top. You put the plastic in the book to mark the page then loop the strap around the book. That way the book stays closed, the marker doesn’t fall out, and it keeps the book from getting all bent up when you stick it in your purse or briefcase. It fits everything from a paperback to a hardback.11) Favorite fictional character of all time?
Now that’s a hard question. I’m not sure I can name one. Maybe Kinsey Millhone. Not because she was the ultimate fictional character for me, but because Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries captivated me. I discovered them late in the series, and read every title available. I think I got up to N is for Noose, then had to wait for the next one. By the time it came out, I was on to other authors. I couldn’t even describe Kinsey now, but that series got me hooked on mysteries.12) Most admired living writer today?
Probably Diane Fanning. She’s a close friend, so I know her dedication to writing. She puts out usually two books a year, plus updates on her earlier nonfiction. She writes true crime and two mystery series. If you think mysteries take a lot of research, you should see what she does for the true crimes!Well! Answering these questions wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Here’s who I’m tagging for this meme:
Another writer friend whom I admire is Susan Wittig Albert. She, too, writes multiple series, plus she started Story Circle Network and is a whiz at promoting her books. She introduced me to the concept of Virtual Book Tours and is always willing to answer questions and mentor other writers.
Can’t wait to read your answers!