Ooooh, I love to peruse the clearance section and see if I can find any gems before I move to the fiction and then self-help.
Favorite place to write:
Near a window. Right now, my writing happens on the dining room table, but I daydream about having an L-shaped desk.
Go-to writing snack or drink:
Generally, a cup of tea. I prefer black tea with milk, but I’ll switch to non-fruit herbals when I’m drinking the tea to warm my hands.
What does your writing nook look like?
Right now? It looks like an over-grown jungle because we brought in the herbs and have a random assortment of plants sharing the dining room table.
Something you must do or have to write:
Music helps. And I’ll generally go through a few quick housekeeping items, such as checking my email, Facebook, and Pinterest. Then, I’ll settle in for writing.
Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource:
I really love Steven James’ resources on writing. Earlier this year, I attended the Novel Writing Intensive that he and Robert Dugoni put on annually. Great resource!
What book is currently on your nightstand?
My copy of Teal Paisley Tights, some lotion, and Spike, my succulent.
Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:
All three. I prefer hard copy, but my e-reader is great for night time reading. And I love audio books for all the driving I do. Yes, that means I’m often reading three different books at a time!
What was the inspiration behind Teal Paisley Tights?
Oof. Jadyn? I think in some ways it was Jadyn, the main character, but then also, I know so many people who struggle with people pleasing, saying yes to everything, and then just being maxed out.
Favorite part of writing Teal Paisley Tights:
Exploring the story, and then rereading and laughing at the funny. Is it bad that I’ll laugh at my own story—forgetting that I wrote it?
Hardest part of writing Teal Paisley Tights:
The process was long so I think it was challenging to keep at it sometimes, especially when there are a lot of other good things vying for my time.
If Teal Paisley Tights was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
Ah, this is tricky. So I’m not a huge movie watcher. But I think Sanaa Lathan has the right look for Jadyn. And for Ethan, hmmm, I’ve chosen a few male actors, but I think Chris Evans would be a good one.
What is next?
Well, I do have a rough draft (and boy, it’s rough) of book 2. At this point, we still follow Jadyn. And I’m about halfway through writing a Christmas novella, which I’d love to release Christmas 2019. Or you know, Christmas in July?
What else would you like readers to know? (If there is anything else you think readers might enjoy knowing…random tidbit about you, the story, your writing process, etc. feel free to add it here.)
I’m addicted to circus. My two great loves are writing and the aerial arts. If you scroll through my @cordiallybarbara Instagram account, you’ll see a few aerial funs.
After graduation, Jadyn Simon expected to launch her art career. Instead, this Pittsburgh native finds herself locked into a low-paying marketing position with an impossible boss.
Evicted from her apartment because of a small spending problem, she is forced to move in with her know-it-all sister. While everyone else plans a neat, buttoned-up life for her, Jadyn longs to paint professionally. Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose.
Will practicality always win?