It is good to be home. I've missed y'all! Thank you to all who visited my blog while I was away. I stuck to my guns, and entered the August Camp NaNoWriMo challenge. At 8:55 p.m. on August 31st, I finished with 51k. The word count was an add-on to an existing wip, giving me a total of 74k. CUFFED, my romantic mystery is now first-draft complete!! I'd like to thank Clare Dugmore and Catherine Stine and lots of folks on FB for all your encouragement and support along the way!! Y'all rocked it!
I'd like to share three books, which assisted me in writing CUFFED.
1. Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell - who taught me how to add a dose of badassery to my characters.
2. Writing Mysteries a Writer's Digest book, edited by Sue Grafton - which gave me knowledge of how a mystery is plotted.
3. Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel by Cathy Yardley - who taught me what the heck chick lit is all about (and what it's not), and that even a mystery can be a bit chick-litty if it has the right ingredients.
The lovely and talented Deana Barnhart is working her tail off on her Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blogfest. GUTGAA will be a six-week fest, including tons of opportunities to get your work in front of agents, and you'll also meet lots of writers! So, for the next six weeks, part of my posts will be geared to GUTGAA. The fun begins NOW! (My answers are in purple.)
Questions for the Meet and Greet
-Where do you write? Mostly in my office / computer room / and unfortunately, my husband's bicycle-building room. When the clanking of tools is too loud, I move to another room and write long-hand. But, that's only when he's home from work.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My lamp.
-Favorite time to write? At the crack of dawn, and for some strange reason, 2-4 p.m. is also a creative time for me.
-Drink of choice while writing? Is it stereotypical to say, coffee? Well if it is, I nailed the stereotype.
-When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I like to create radio stations on Pandora that lend to the mood of the piece I'm working on.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? A headline in our small-town newspaper.
-What's your most valuable writing tip? I'll have to pass on a tip I was given by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Never. Give. Up.
|Me as I finished Cuffed last night.|
Mini-Bio: Candilynn is a tenacious (stubborn) writer of many genres. She recently finished her first draft of CUFFED, an adult romantic mystery w/ small-town Texas style & wit. She's a member of SCBWI, and a local writer's group. She's also the mother of two fabulous daughters, and the wife of a police officer, where her own (meddling) experiences lent a hand in creating CUFFED.