Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m working on several projects: the third book in The Chronicles of Snark titled Chickspeak: Uncovered; I’m co-writing an erotic romance with a male author; starting notes on the follow up to this book, Broken Pieces; and pulling together my social media/author marketing blog posts to help other authors learn what has worked for me. I miss sleep.
What inspired you to write your first book? I started blogging in 2008 and when I started writing my Mancode essays, people begged for me. I didn’t even think anyone besides my mom read my blog at the time so it was thrilling.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? The dichotomy between marketing and writing. By the time you’ve released a book, you’re already entrenched in the next one. So wearing different hats can be difficult.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Writing Broken Pieces was an experience in writing raw, as author Rebecca Tsaros Dickson (Say My Name) calls it. Like the Lorrie Moore quote above, don’t think about anyone else’s opinions. This is MY work. I hope people like it but ultimately, I write what I want to read.
How did you come up with the title? I kept referring to my work in this book as ‘pieces,’ and because it covers many difficult subjects (loss, suicide, grief, abuse, trust), broken seemed a logical way to go.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I’m constantly amazed at how well people receive my books and that they enjoy them (though some hate my first two books so vehemently – I actually love that also!).
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Genre – NonFiction
Rating – PG13