1. How long did it take for you to finish your manuscript?
I started writing at Christmas, and wrote from then through spring. I used summer and most of fall to revise, and started submitting late fall.
A year sounds like a long time...(nervous look)
2. What’s your writing schedule, do you write all at once, or do you write in chunks, or is it something else?
Typically, whenever I get a break (especially during summer break, but long weekends, movie days in class, etc. work as well), I will just sit down and write and write and write. I might to 5k words in a day--my record is 8k in one day. But between those big sessions of writing, I'm always thinking about the story. I don't outline, but I run through scenarios in my head all the time when not writing, and that means when I do write, I write a whole lot relatively quickly.
Just like me, writing in chunks is my writing style. Yay!
3. Where’s your favorite place to think?
Too bad I can't drive yet
4. Was the road to publishing bumpy? What was the worst part?
I hate to say the worst part was jealousy. I don't like myself when I'm jealous, but when I'd see writer friends reach their dreams so much quicker than me--I'd turn green.
I hate jealousy, and rejections doesn't sound so fun, I'm buckling my seat belt in!
5. Did you start writing in hopes of publishing, or was it something you considered after writing?
Same here, cool!
6. You went to the Bologna Book Fair, did you ever think your book was going to get picked? (you don’t have to answer this, I have no clue about book deals)
Oops..I suck at researching
7. You’re a high school teacher, how did your students react to the good news?
That's hilarious, I'll buy a detention form from them when you get famous :D
8. How are you killing time waiting for the publication of your book Across the Universe?
Oh insensitive of me, I didn't know you had to do all that!
9. Is there something you do while you write, like listening to music or biting your pencil/pen?
I also listen to music--but it's very low-key music that I can zone out of when writing. I like sound, but I don't want to focus on it.
Snacking is a good way to think, especially if it's chocolate!
10. Is there anything you would like to say to bloggers/readers/everyone?
Thanks for the interview, Beth!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment and Beth will answer!