I actually never thought I could write a novel. I started by writing a children's book because I thought that would be easier. But after 47 rejections for my first book Two Weeks 'Til My Birthday, I was pretty much ready to give up.
How did you get connected with your publisher?
How long did it take you to write your first book?
It took me three years to write the first one, and a year to write the second one.
The second one was definitely easier because I had fallen into a rhythm.
What does your editor remind you to do most often?
What has surprised or frustrated you the most in writing or publishing?
What do you know now about writing you wished you had known sooner?
I wish I'd known you have to treat it like a job because it is one. You can't just write when the mood hits. You have to show up every day for at least two hours. It's the only way to get something finished.
We have all experienced rejection. How have you learned to write past it?
The biggest rejection has been the children's book. I mean, 47 no's in a row is pretty brutal. What I learned from it is to be open to listening and don't be so set in my ideas and ways.
What is the best writing advice you’ve received or could give?
The best advice I've received is: It's okay to write when your drunk, but you should edit when you're sober. Thank you, Chelsea Handler!
Are there any other points about writing you would like to add?
Well, I have found that writing is quite lonely. So, make sure you have a good support system around you for when you come out of your writing trance.
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