Friday, August 30, 2013

Author Interview – Sherrie Cronin

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How often do you write? And when do you write? Because I work almost fulltime I have to be fairly disciplined about writing. I have Thursday’s off, and I basically write all day Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It helps me right at the start of a novel to draw up a straw man schedule, and I’ve done it now all four times. I know that each book in 46. Ascending is going to be about 120,000 words and that I write about 4000 words of raw first draft in a day if I have the research done and can stay focused. I literally get out a calendar and plop the total expected word count on every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between the end of my research phase and when the first draft of the book will be done, with a few days pulled out for travel and family events and with a couple of random “shit happens” breaks scheduled. I’m a pretty goal oriented person, and having this calendar to guide me gets me there.

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? I’m not sure what would have happened if I had simply written a novel and then tried to write a second one, but I think that it would have been really difficult to move on and stay motivated. What made all the difference for me was that this always was six stories woven together and if I wrote one story then I had to write them all. So I keep going because I’m not done yet.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? It’s very important to me that when a reader finishes my book, she or he feels like they have gotten something for the time they spent. Enjoyment, of course. But also I hope to give the reader information, and new ideas and new ways of looking at things. My books do end happily, or at least mostly that way, because I also want my readers to feel lighter and more hopeful when they finish my books.

What movie do you love to watch? This is goofy, but I have an odd old movie that I will watch repeatedly. It’s a Bill Murray thing called “Groundhog Day” and I just love the concept of getting to do something over and over until you finally get it right.  I mean life is that way, isn’t it? I even watched it in Spanish, trying to learn to speak better. It was a good movie for that because they keep repeating the same words.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? Country. I love to visit cities. I love their diversity and entertainment and great food and all the energy, but in the end I want to be able to go home to peace and my garden and my front porch and fresh air.


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Genre - Speculative Fiction

Rating – PG

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