This week's questions come from Beth Carter.
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I'm sure you enjoyed your time with Steven Mitchell. We've missed him the last couple of weeks as he moved into a new home. So great to have him back.
What’s your favorite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict? Narration? Explain.
I like dialogue and writing it. I tend to get that down first. I find the character through their voice. I think this goes back to my days as an actress and I tend to 'hear' characters before I 'see' them.
How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e., small town, big city, castle, etc.)
Setting for medieval is fairly standard - you have England and you have a castle, a village or in the case of Sweet Bea, they journey to London.
In my contemporary Willow Park Romance series, for Nobody's Angel, I needed snow and freezing weather. When we move on to Nobody's Fool, I set it in the hot, humid summer. I chose a location that had those weather dynamics going on and ended up with a fictional town, north of Chicago. In the third book, we're going on a road trip.
I vary the settings and try to stick with what's familiar to me. I believe it helps you imbue your writing with that sense of authenticity.
I’m a big six-word memoir fan. (Hemingway even wrote one.) Describe your writing day using just six words.
Planned mayhem from dawn to dusk.
Now we're going to take your right over the "Big Pond" in one magnificent virtual leap to Carrie Elks.
While you're visiting her in England, be sure to check out her new release.