This year, I’m going to be participating in Deana Barnhart’s GUTGAA (Gearing Up to Get an Agent) blogfest. It’s an event for writers to post queries, get them critiqued, and if you’re lucky, have them judged by a panel of agents and/or small press editors.
But before the festivities begin, Deana has asked all of the participants to write a brief bio about themselves and answer a few questions so we can all get to know each other. So, here we go!
My name is Erin. I am an illustrator, and I love all things art. I also love animals, vintage furniture, carnivals, breakfast cereal, and the smell of newspapers. I don’t like spiders or mayonnaise. Nothing grosses me out more than someone else taking a bite of my cereal. I don’t know why.
Where do you write?
On my living room couch. Or, it it’s too hot in the living room, on my bed.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My husband’s backpack.
Favorite time to write?
The creativity flows pretty good in the morning between 8:00 and 11:00. Then I come down with a severe case of narcolepsy, and I don’t snap out of it again until about 4:00.
Drink of choice while writing?
Chocolate milk. Not just while writing though. Always.
When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Silence is better, but now and then I’ll play something orchestral so I have something to listen to besides my own breathing.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
When I was in college, I signed up for a narrative illustration class. The first project of the semester required us to design a cast of characters and to give them a story line. I proceeded to dream up a notorious dumpster diver, a pretty genie, and a hapless boy who’s obsessed with his pet goldfish. Obviously, I needed to find a way to tie such a quirky group of people together. Somehow, a hot air balloon adventure made sense.
What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Think outside the box.