Talli Roland stumbles into the room and when she sees the HOT SEAT, she begins to giggle. Yes, that’s right. Giggle. A half-drunk bottle of wine slips from her hand and smashes to the ground. The poor dear. She’s resorted to dutch courage.
Hope it helps, Talli. But I doubt it. Let the games begin. 😀
What genre(s) do you write, Talli?
I write light women’s fiction . . . also known as romantic comedy, also known as chick lit. It’s a fun and entertaining genre, and I really enjoy writing it. Can I add here that chick lit is not just cupcakes and high heels? It can also feature strong, independent female characters relevant to modern life. (Mini-rant over!)
[CJ: Obviously a subject close to your heart! :-)]
Tell us about your latest book in 25 words or les.
My most recent novel is Watching Willow Watts, about a country girl who discovers that fame can cost a fortune. It’s my second novel.
[CJ: Oooh. Intriguing!]
Most of us write part time. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
I’m one of the lucky few who can write full-time [CJ: very lucky!], and it’s taken over my life (in a very good way). When I’m not writing, I’m usually blogging or tweeting! Or drinking wine. The day must end with wine.
[CJ: I couldn’t agree more. I recently went for two weeks without a glass of wine (for dental reasons). It was far, far more difficult than it should have been!]
Tell us a little about your writing process.
Coffee. Writing. Wine. I’m usually at my desk by 7:30 or 8 a.m. I need to sit down a.s.a.p. in the morning, because once I start the procrastination, there’s no end. I write until lunch plus an hour or two afterwards, then I answer emails and do other promo stuff.
[CJ: Best thinking time in the morning, hey? Me too. My brain goes to mush after lunch until about 6pm. Just ask my work colleagues!]
Who or what are your biggest writing inspirations?
Margaret Atwood is one for sure – not only is she an amazing writer, she’s Canadian (like me). And she’s on Twitter!
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?
Hm, I think the biggest one has been learning to accept that you can’t please everyone. Publishing is so subjective and no matter how hard you try, there will always be people who don’t like what you’ve written.
[CJ: That’s a tricky one, isn’t it? As writers, we want all readers to love our work. But the unique perspectives our readers bring to the table (or the chair) is part of what makes it so wonderful, so I guess you’ve got to take the good with the bad, don’t you? :-)]
Time for the HOT SEAT questions!
Gimme some wine; I’m very afraid . . .
What are your secret fears as a writer? How do you stop them from taking over?
Secretly, I fear that I will misspell a very common word, and everyone will highlight it and tweet about it, and I will be uncovered as someone who cannot write let alone spell! To overcome this, I use spell-check obsessively (not that it helps me with blog comments, where I am the typo queen).
[CJ: The thought of it alone is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat!]
Finish this sentence from your character Willow’s perspective.
Something most people don’t know about me is… After tasting kumquat marmalade for the first time, I was sick in Belcherton’s fountain.
[CJ: Tee hee hee. Oops!]
Now finish the same sentence from your own perspective.
Something most people don’t know about me is… I lived in Poland for two years and plumped up on pierogi! Yuuummmm…
[CJ: Loving that alliteration :-).]
If you’d like a turn in the HOT SEAT, let me know in the comments and I’ll schedule you in for a buttocks burning. 😀
By the way… I’m on holidays road tripping around Sydney and Northern New South Wales for the next ten days, so this will be my last post until I return. I’ll still respond to comments and check out my fave blogs on my mobile though! 🙂