Whistling Past the Graveyard and Susan Crandall were recently featured in Cincinnati’s weekly City Beat. A quick, insightful interview regarding the process and thinking behind Whistling Past the Graveyard‘s creation is featured.
12 Book End, a fantastic bookish website, has an interview with Susan Crandall from way before anyone knew her… All the way back to June of 2013. It’s a great read, so if you want to know a little more about Whistling Past the Graveyard and her author, click on over to 12 Book End!
“FIRSTLY, I’D LOVE TO KNOW IF YOU’RE AWARE OF OR HAVE EVER PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH (NANOWRIMO.ORG)? IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST EXPOSURE TO IT, WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS?
[Susan Crandall] I’m very aware of NaNoWriMo.org. I think it’s a great idea and have several writer friends who participate almost every year. I however am the least disciplined writer on the planet. The mood has to be right for me to be productive at all. And no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot move on to a new chapter until I have my current chapter fine-tuned and polished. So NaNoWriMo is so far out of my comfort zone that I don’t even attempt it.
I would love to be able to hammer out all of the major aspects of a book in 30 days, but so much of my storytelling springs organically from my writing process.” [read more]
An Interview with Terri DuLong
Terri Du Long spent some time with me to share a little about what’s going on in her world and her new release, Spinning Forward.
Tell me about your book.A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the west coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband’s untimely death and the even more untimely revelation of his gambling addiction. Syd takes shelter at a college pal’s bed and breakfast, leading her to discover her true identity and feminine soul. Her passion for spinning and knitting draws attention due to the unique composition of her wool and a door is opened. She finds herself in the embrace of a community rich with love, laughter, friendship . . . and secrets. A tale of new beginnings, old friends and lives forever bound.
What is your writing process and where do you write?
When I’m on deadline, I begin around ten in the morning and generally work six to eight hours a day. When we moved to Cedar Key, we had a writer’s studio built for me, detached from our house but connected by a screened lanai. So this is where I work.
What is your favorite thing about writing? What is your least favorite thing?
I’d have to say my favorite thing about writing is all the feedback I get from my readers. Their comments on my characters, plot, how my story affected them, etc. Least favorite? Call me Pollyanna, but I really don’t have one. I love writing and the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a story.
How do you fight writer’s block?
I’ve never really had “writer’s block.” I’ve had episodes where I momentarily get stuck about where to go and what will work to take my plot forward, but when that happens I get away from the manuscript for a few days. Give it time to percolate a little. However, I’m constantly thinking about it the entire time and somehow I find my way back to where I want to go.
Please name the five movies and the five books you want with you if stranded on a desert island.
5 books would be: A Woman of Substance, To Kill a Mockingbird, The House at Riverton, The Shellseekers and The Thornbirds
5 movies would be: Casablanca, Pretty Woman, Saving Private Ryan, Ghost and Steel Magnolias
What is next for you?
My Christmas novella that I’m doing in the anthology with Fern Michaels headlining will be released November 2010 – An the same time that my second book in the Cedar Key series will be out.