What is your writing schedule like?
It depends on what time of year it is and where I am in my writing project. During November, I write about 2 hours every weeknight and 4 hours on weekend days, but I can't keep that up year-round!
During the rest of the year, I will think about the next scene on my drive to work, write during my lunch break, think some more on my drive home, and finish off the scene before dinner. Preparing a project is it's own special beast. I tend to outline on my lunch break and do research in the evening. My main writing time is Saturday morning, when I can usually steal a 3-4 hour chunk to either write or visit the library. After I finish a project, I'll take a month or two to catch up on reading in my genres while I let the next project stew. So far, I've finished two novel manuscripts and several short stories this way, so it seems to be working out well for me.
What has surprised you most about your journey as an author?
How much time I'm devoting to a "hobby" that hasn't paid me anything yet! I'm also constantly surprised by the support I receive from my family and friends. I expected more scoffing, but they have all been positive and encouraging.
Do you have any writing rituals or habits that others might think are strange?
If there is something more strange than devoting a couple hours a day to the voices in my head, I can't think of it.
What's the LAST thing you Googled for your novel?
I have spent an excessive amount of time on Google maps looking at the topography between Hastings and Grand Rapids. I wish the true answer was more interesting.
What are you working on now?
I've just begun research and outlining for my NaNoWriMo project, which is the sequel to my manuscript that's out on submission. It's a young adult apocalyptic survival horror novel. The teen main characters have just escaped a dangerous situation in their home town and are on the road, trying to find civilization. Of course, it's not going to go very well for them.