For those of you joining us from previous weeks, welcome back! For those of you just joining in, welcome to Romance Weekly where each week a bunch of us authors will answer the same three questions and you get to hop around from blog to blog and learn a little more about us. 🙂 This week’s questions are brought to you by Shannon Kennedy. 🙂 Ready? Let’s do this.
1. How do you find the appropriate setting for the story, or does it find you?
I think it finds me. I’m a bit fascinated with Scottish history and so when I read about a certain event it sparks a story. I have to watch how much time I spend on research cause I could get lost in it for days. My current story is set in the early 15th century during the reign of James Stewart, first of his name. Once this series is complete, I plan to write another set during the North Berwick witch trials of the 16th century. Can’t wait!!
2. What is your support system for your writing? Family, friends, other writers?
In terms of finding time, my husband and sons are extremely supportive of my writing. Because I have a day job, my time is limited and my petition to add five more hours to each day appears to have fallen on deaf ears. *shakes fist at sky* I’m a very early riser and so can manage to accomplish some writing during the week, but more on the weekends. The man things in my house pick up after themselves for the most part and hubs is great with them and helping out around the house.
In terms of support and encouragement I’m blessed to have amazing friends and family plus be a part of a vibrant and active online community of authors. Whoever said writing is a solitary art has never been to a Facebook launch party. 😉
3. What is the worst writing advice you ever received and how did you deal with it?
I was basically told to stop trying to write historical fiction if I wasn’t prepared to vet every single word through etymonline.com. Ya know that stung a bit. I dealt with it by pulling out my trusty voodoo doll–KIDDING! I dealt with it by using my inner reader as a gauge for the kinds of words that would jar me if I was reading a book set during the high middle ages. Obviously I wasn’t going to write a book in Middle English, but there’s a balance to be struck between using time appropriate words and phrases and making the body of work readable.
Well that’s it for this week. Keep on hippty hoppin along and see how the lovely Katherine Givens answered the questions. Laters babes!