One of the big things that prompted me to finally get this thing up and running is that I made the first round of the Like a Virgin pitch contest.  So appropriately for my first proper post, here’s a bunch of questions about my firsts!

How do you remember your first kiss?

I had just seen a movie with Jon, a good friend of my best friend’s boyfriend.  (High school!)  We were out in the parking lot, and there was a stunning sunset.  The kiss was awkward, and the guy didn’t last long, although he did mark the beginning of a still-active stretch where every significant male in my life is named some variant on Jon, Jeff, or Josh.

Come to think of it, my first kiss with my husband (a Josh, naturally) was in a parking lot.  And we got engaged in a parking lot.  I may be rather unromantic, at least as far as venues go.

What was your first favorite love song?

Probably something from a Disney movie.  I have an inordinate love for the princesses.  Since Belle is my very favorite, we’ll go with “Beauty and the Beast.”

What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?

Check Google+.

Okay, the first thing I do when I actually start writing and stop procrastinating is fire up my music, generally either Pandora or Songza.  Then I read over the previous day’s progress before I get going.

Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?

Good old Stephen King.  I discovered him around seventh grade or so and became mildly obsessed.  I had done some writing before, but On Writing was the first thing that really made me consider it as a career.

Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?

Weeeeell, that’s a slightly complicated question, because “first book” can be a surprisingly nebulous term.  The very first novel draft I ever wrote was at the age of 14.  I think it’s been lost to time, technology (it was backed up on a series of floppy discs), and several moves.  Probably for the best, since at 16 I realized that it was immature rubbish, threw it out, and tried again.  And a couple of other times after that.  The current revision is a graphic novel, and it does not have the same first chapter as the earliest draft I can find.  I have a very bad habit of starting with the protagonist waking up.

If we’re talking “first book” as in publication-wise, then that would be the one that I’ve got in the contest.  It does currently have the same first chapter as it did on the first draft, although it’s not really a final revision until it goes to print, right?

For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?

Ah, there it is again.  So same split: for that very first novel, it was plot.  Really, it was premise, but I’m sort of a tentpole writer, so the next thing to get figured out was all the big climactic setpieces.

For the contest book, it was probably characters, although again tied closely to a premise.

What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?


I’m actually going out of town starting tomorrow, but I’m going to do my best to get around to the other sites to say hello and meet everyone.  It’s all so exciting!  Best of luck!

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