This week I’m taking a creative break from my current draft, which has given me time to work on my blogs (my regular post will be up tomorrow) and to finally jump on board with the Writers Tag started by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen.
I’ve never participated in one of these before, but couldn’t resist after being tagged by both Lorraine and J.M. Williams. I was also promised an Oregon raindrop by Bryan from A Crack In The Pavement if I took part.
The rules are simple:
- Post the Tag and Image on your blog.
- Thank whoever nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Mention the creators of the award and link back to their blogs.
- Nominate 6 bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Let the questions begin…
Name one novel that inspired you to write.
And stumped by the very first question… There isn’t just one novel. Pretty much every book I read growing up inspired me to go from being a reader to a writer.
What’s your favorite genre to write and read?
YA speculative fiction. I like my books a little dark with some great twists that involve either magic, murder, or the supernatural (bonus points for combining all three).
Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?
I’ve been working on a series for so long it’s hard to remember that stand-alone books even exist, so I’ll go with series.
Use 3 words to describe yourself.
Organized, optimistic, and delusional (usually for thinking I’m actually organized).
Reveal your WIP image that represents your MC or setting.
How long did your first MS take to draft?
I wrote the very first draft in 2001 and just finished the latest draft (#19) this month. To be fair there were 6 years between then and now where I didn’t work on it, but it (and the other three books in the series) has taken up the better part of 17 years.
Who is your author idol?
Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.
I spent January of this year believing I had cancer. Thankfully surgery revealed the mass was endometriosis, but the health scare made me determined to finally finish my series and start submitting again. You never know when something could come out of the blue and change your life. That goes for both good and bad things.
Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.
I’m an identical twin—which isn’t particularly unique as there is another person out there who is an exact genetic copy of me, but it does surprise most people. Also, contrary to what she says, I’m not the evil one.
Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.
Is there any answer other than self-doubt? It’s the one thing that’ll take a writer down—but only if they let it.
What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link.
Instagram, mainly because it was the first social media I started when I decided to get serious about writing. I’ve met some wonderful writers there, including my awesome beta readers. I also get to post pretty pictures: K.M. Allan_Writer
Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.
Start today. Don’t put it off.
Here are my nominations:
- Katie from Katie Writes Stuff
- Madeline from Caffeine and Writing Dreams
- Whitney from Wit and Travesty
- Rebecca from Rust Belt Girl
- Viola from Ideas Become Words
- Jean from Jean’s Writing
— K.M. Allan