Author Spotlight – Lacey Wolfe

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I would have to say at least three years. It was more a hobby I did when my youngest released my leg long enough to let me write. Last year however I got more serious. She started a morning program a few days a week which finally left me time to look back over the things I had written. It was in May 2011 that I decided this was going to be my job and I was going to treat it that way. Once I got into that mind frame, I finally achieved the success I’d been striving for.

2) What is your writing schedule like?
I’m very fortunate that currently I’m home all day. I try to spend a few hours M-F from 8-2 writing, editing, or brainstorming.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I’m a morning person. If I don’t open my Word document while I drink coffee then it’s not happening that day. I always tell myself that when the kids climb into bed I’m going to write. But, my rule for myself has always been, once they’re in bed I’m off duty. I plop down next to my husband and I just be me.

4) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
No people around! I can have the TV on or the radio blasting but I need to be alone. If the kids are here then I’m automatically in mom mode and that’s tough for me to break. Sometimes I can write if it’s just my husband home. He is pretty decent about leaving me alone.

5) Are you plotter or a panser?
I’ve always been a panser until a recent story. It was totally new to me to sit down and plot it out before writing it. But it had to be done. I normally sit down with the characters in my head and just wait and see where they take me. Sometimes I think the story is going to be one way, but as I'm writing it, the characters led me a different way. I don’t complain—it is their story after all.

6) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing is that I can finish them! It’s certainly easy to come up with the idea.  But in every story I come to a point where I hit a brick wall. I either get past it or I put it aside in that dreaded folder on my computer for the started stories that need to be finished.

7) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Not to give up. Not everyone is going to like that story and that goes for publishers too. My best advice is if you’ve completed something to send it out to a few publishers at a time and expect the rejections. Read and study the letter and then open that draft back up and work on it. Send it out again and just learn.

I would also advise them to get on Twitter. Other authors are so supportive and you would be amazed how many want to help you. I think other writers are the most unselfish people I’ve ever met. They want to see you succeed.

8 ) What do you do to relax?
I read to relax. I’m an avid reader. If I don’t read for a few days, my stress level rises. Something about escaping into a good book always makes me feel better.

9) What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Either cleaning or taking the dog for a walk. Usually a walk since I have no other choice but to think.

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate. Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. Coke. We are big cat people (we have 6!), but I couldn’t be without my dog either. Sunsets, I don’t want to be up until after it rises.

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