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Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Little Bit About Me

Came across the meme on an old blog post and thought I'd share it with you.  Since we've acquired new members, I thought this might be a good time to introduce you to my alter-ego, Kenzie Michaels, who has six published books:)  Take it away, Kenzie!

1. What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?

The last thing I wrote was Class Reunion, which ended up being book #2 of The Anderson Chronicles. The first thing I ever wrote was Wild At Heart, which was just re-released in May with Secret Cravings.

2. Write poetry?

Every once in a while. Some are better than others.

3. Angsty poetry?

Only one or two.

4. Favorite genre of writing?

Contemporary Romance, though lately I've been trying to branch into paranormal.  But the world-building is coming along slowly.

5. Most annoying character you’ve ever created?

Either Melanie from Teacher’s Pet or Paul from Class Reunion. They’re both annoying. Paul, because he whines, and Melanie, because she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

6. Best plot you’ve ever created?

Personally, I love my Reunion story!

7. Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?

Male model/stripper meets and falls for Christian Inspirational author. I’m on chapter three.

8. How often do you get writer’s block?

Too often to count!  Or, just when Molly takes over the brain for her edits, which was-ahem-during the past two years.  I had to fight her for my time last spring.

9. Write fan fiction?

The one and only story I ever wrote based on the characters from Star Wars showed me I was destined for the romance angle!

10. Do you type or write by hand?

Both. It depends on if the computer is available when I get the brainstorm.

11. Do you save everything you write?

Absolutely!  I still have a folder of stories I wrote in the 6th grade.   And the sheet of writing prompts from the 5th.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?

Yes.  Sometimes I can cannibalize it for other work, if it's not going anywhere.

13. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?

I still love Wild At Heart. Part of it takes place in Colorado and features my dad’s favorite restaurant!

14. What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?

According to published reviews, it's a toss up between All She Ever Wanted and Class Reunion. Teacher's Pet is my best seller, though.

15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?

Molly’s Arbor U might be considered angsty; I’ve also got a YA story in the works. Don’t know when I’ll get around to finishing it.

16. What’s your favorite setting for your characters?

Small town Indiana, Florida, Colorado.

17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I've got my NaNo project picked out, and I'm hoping to finish the current still-untitled work this month.  I typically don't work the month of December, since I'm busy with various birthday and Christmas parties, so I'd like to have something finished to submit in January.

18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?

Not an actual award, but All She Ever Wanted went to #3 on the Best Seller’s list! Does that count?

19. What are your five favorite words?

According to my editor....And, Then, So, Christ, As.  (LOL!) 

20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?

All of my characters have a little bit of ‘me’ in them, ha ha!  Probably Tammy in Teacher's Pet comes the closest, since she has kids and gets to stay home and create something every day.  I can't run a sewing machine to save my life, but I do enjoy cross-stitch.

21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?

Past experiences, life, and people-watching. 

22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Once in a while I’ll dream about my characters, and write about it the next day.

23. Do you favor happy endings?

I’ve written happy and sad endings, but I usually end up changing the sad ones to Happy For Now, in order to please the crit partners.

24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Yes. It drives me crazy to see those lines in the word document! I often reread what I’ve written the day before and will correct any obvious mistakes before continuing. Even during NaNo (hangs head in shame)

25. Does music help you write?

Yes. It helps the creativity, and I usually end up blocking everything out once the story is flowing.  I once forgot to set the CD player on 'repeat', but didn't realize my Bon Jovi CD had quit until two hours later.

26. Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.

From Class Reunion:“Here’s the thing: We’re both single, in our forties, and established in our jobs. Just because we’re attracted to each other doesn’t mean there has to be a romantic connection, does there?”

“Gee, Brian, you put it like that, why not just hire an escort for the evening?” Pushing her hurt feelings aside, she stared at him. “We’re both caught up in the moment, let’s just go fuck each other and see you again in five years? Sorry; I don’t operate like that.”

Feel free to check out Kenzie's page on our website here:) 

Today is also my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary!  Congratulations Mom and Dad for setting a wonderful example for us!


Rose Anderson said...

Cute Q&A. Loved the 5 words. lol

Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Molly. Music helps me write too. Not while I'm actually writing - need it to be quiet then. But during the day, while I'm listening to music, scenes start forming in my mind. :)

Sandy said...

Fun post to read, Kenzie/Molly. Are you a Gemini by any chance? lol You know two people in one body. Grin! I'm one of the twins.

Molly Daniels said...

@Rose: Every book I find a different 'favorite' word, lol!

@Tina: I used to write to Hooked On Classics:) But now I can even write with Death Metal Scream 'music' (kids went through that phase).

@Sandy: LOL...I'm a Sag; Kenzie is either an Aquarious or Pisces. I'm not exactly sure when she was 'born'. I'll have to go back and check!

Molly Daniels said...

@Sandy: Just checked; she was 'born' Feb 19th, but appeared Feb 20th. So she's on the cusp of Aquarius/Pisces:)

Cara Marsi said...

I enjoyed your interview and getting to know you. I love the premise of your WIP, the male model and the Christian Inspirational author.

Paris said...

Loved the post! I know what you mean about the world building in the paranormal romances, argh! They're so much fun to write though that the aggravation seems paltry.

jean hart stewart said...

Clever post...loved you quote. Already I want to backhand the jerk.

sandy Loyd said...

Great post! I enjoyed learning more about you! Love the five words! I have a few of my own.

Molly Daniels said...

@Cara: Thank you:) Still don't know which way it's going to go; will she 'convert' him, or will he 'corrupt' her? LOL:)

@Paris: I brainstormed with another author a few weeks back; just need time to sit down and iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. This is NOT my strong point!

@Jean: Thank you:)

@Sandy: Yes, we all have our 'pet' words, and sometimes you substitute another, only to have IT become another overused one:)

Melissa Keir said...

It's wonderful to get to know both sides of you better! So which is better at Karaoke? I can only imagine how hard it is to keep each of you separate!

Molly Daniels said...

@Melissa: BC Brown would say Kenzie is a little more animated and louder, LOL! I think Kenzie comes out after a few drinks....;)

B.C. Brown said...

She's more animated, yes. But only sometimes louder. She is more mischevious however! It takes surprisingly fewer drinks these days to coax her out too. Lol

Molly Daniels said...

@BC: Depends on the general 'mood' of the evening, lol!

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