I’m so pleased to have Harlequin Super Romance author extraordinaire, Carrie Weaver, by the blog today. She’s endured my questions and made me laugh out loud with her answers. Let’s dive right in!
AS: Welcome, Carrie! So. You’re a working mom with two sons, 3 cats, two dogs and many fish. I must say, I am hugely impressed you have any time to write. What’s your favorite make time for writing trick?
CW: A contract is my very favorite incentive to write! When I have a contractual deadline to meet, I’m much more focused and stay aware of the number of pages I need to write each day in order to meet my deadline. My tendency to procrastinate is practically nonexistent during those times. As my deadline looms, I also place a door-hanger on the office door that says, “Do Not Disturb; I’m in Deadline Hell.” Of course, my pets can’t read the sign, so they still whine and paw at the door. And my now-grown sons ignore it, because surely finding a pair of socks or determining the menu selection for dinner is more important. When they were small boys, I told them not to disturb me unless there was blood, fire or vomit involved – until I realized they were more than happy to oblige.
CW: My favorite scenes to write are those magical ones where everything comes together and my story takes over, my fingers flying over the keyboards. This is usually accompanied by a tingle that tells me I’ve tapped into a deep well of creativity. Loves scenes are my least favorite to write because I want each one to be unique and reflect the individual characters. Sometimes it’s hard not to resort to pure anatomical mechanics.
AS: A tingle. I love it and totally know what you mean. Music often triggers my muse. Your stories are so real to life. What kinds of things trigger your stories and characters into your imagination?
CW: Thank you for the compliment! Pretty much any repetitive, mundane chore frees my muse to come out and play – laundry, mopping floors, mowing the lawn. Or other times, like a long line at the takeout window, a hot shower, silence, that drowsy moment right before sleep descends, driving a scenic roadway….
AS: To get to know you better, please fill in some blanks for us:
CW: Happiness is love in its many forms.
To create, is divine.
All veggies and no chocolate make Carrie a very cranky girl.
If you can’t play nicely, then please find another sandbox.
CW: I would wave my magic wand to decree that all professional authors be compensated enough to quit their day jobs. My muse is ever so much more willing when I’m not exhausted from a “regular” job or worried about pesky details like groceries and the mortgage.
AS: Okay. I’m on a wand hunt for you! So, what movie can you watch a thousand times and never get sick of?
CW: Dirty Dancing! “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” J
AS: OMG! I love Dirty Dancing and have seen it a thousand times! What can readers look for next from you?
CW: I’m waiting to get the green light from my Harlequin editor on a proposal for Brooke’s story, The Christmas Gift. And I also have a mainstream romantic suspense manuscript I’m shopping.
AS: How wonderful! Now, readers, for a chance to WIN, not one but two books by Carrie Weaver, Baby, I’m Yours and Welcome Home, Daddy #SIGNED#, please tell us what your Christmas wish. I’ll randomly draw the winner
tomorrow, 12/21/10 (Extended to the 31st!!!!) from the commenters.