Hello my favorite little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I wanted to post today but I ma still sorry this is so late. I hope you are all doing good. GUYS I AM SO CLOSE TO GOING TO YALLWEST. WOOOOO HOOOOOO. AHHHHHH!!!! I am also just watching a move today and cleaning around my house while writing a couple blog posts so I hope you will all enjoy the future things I have to say. I got one book finished yesterday so I am happy about that and I have already written the review for it but it is apart of a book blitz so you will have to wait a little longer.
I had the wonderful chance to contact the author Jacqui Castle on twitter about doing and interview and such graciously took it and I am so happy about that. I was sooo nervous and she ended up letting me review one of her books so YAY! The review will be coming soon as I am gonna finish the book some time this week and have the post ready for when I am at YallWest.
What made you want to write this book?
The idea for The Seclusion came to me during the primary election campaign. I started it as a short story, and it snowballed from there. It became a cathartic experience that I turned to every day for several months in a row.
Though it does walk the line between fact and fiction, more than anything The Seclusion, like other fictional stories, is about the characters. There is a splash of romance and a healthy dose of perseverance as the main characters explore what makes life worth living by finding joy in unlikely places. It is about digging deep, figuring out how to tap into your own truth in a society that conditions residents since birth. The first draft was finished in the summer of 2016, and since then it has evolved. It will be published on September 4, 2018.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
There are of course days where I feel more inspired than others. But, sometimes the uninspired days produce one of my favorite scenes. Twenty minutes after I sit down and tell myself the creative well is dry, out comes something that changes the path of the story.
What is your writing process like?
It may seem like an odd way to dive in, but I try to start out by reading. If I spend just twenty minutes reading work by another writer, then I find that I’m motivated and inspired when I start to put words on the page.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Just write. A little bit every day if you can. A novel generally sits at about 80,000 words. So, if you commit to writing 1,000 words a day (only an hour or two of writing), you can have the first draft of a novel completed in less than three months. Don’t worry about it being perfect, just get the first draft down. Also, don’t worry about the story emerging in any sort of linear fashion, you can address that later. If you have an idea for a scene that takes place several chapters away, write it, and connect the dots later. Just write, something. If you have a story to tell, tell it.
When did you decide the you wanted to become a writer?
I have been a writer for about ten years now, but The Seclusion is my first novel. My writing up until this point has been non-fiction – mostly journalism and copywriting. Fiction is something I never envisioned myself writing, but once I started I fell in love. It is cathartic in a way that non-fiction is not.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I use a combined approach. Most of my writing is done on my computer. But, if I have an idea during the day and my computer isn’t nearby, I’ll try to get it down any way I can. Sometimes that means talking into the voice recorder on my phone or jotting on a napkin I find in the car. There are also days where I just can’t stomach the thought of staring at a computer screen, and I longform it for a few hours and worry about transferring later.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
The willingness to open yourself up. My best scenes are those that I found myself so emotionally invested in that I didn’t even notice I had tears in my eyes in the middle of a coffee shop. I’m sure people thought I was insane, but, hey, scene done. When I’ve approached scenes with the attitude that I just have to get my words in, well, there is a difference.
Any tips on how to go through a dreaded writer’s block?
Different methods work for me on different days. Sometimes, setting a timer for twenty or forty-minute writing sprints, and vowing to not let my attention wander until I hear a beep helps tremendously. Leaving a jumping off point from one writing session to the next is also incredibly helpful. For instance, if I finish a chapter or scene, then I try to write at least one sentence of another scene, so that I know where to begin next time I sit down.
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
The easiest way is to join my mailing list through my website JacquiCastleWrites.com
I send out monthly newsletters that I try to keep interesting with both updates on my own projects as well as other industry news. Sometimes I’ll throw in a giveaway or something else fun. Readers can also follow on Twitter (@JCastleWrites) or follow my author account on Amazon.