I am thrilled to host Meredith Schorr as the second author in my Author Interview Series. Meredith writes charming, funny, whip smart chick lit books that you'll want to tuck into your beach bag or more seasonally, curl up with in front of the fire.
First of all, tell us a bit about your new book. How was it inspired? Bridal Girl is the third book in my Blogger Girl series. The series was initially inspired by all the book bloggers I met while promoting my first and second novels. I thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight off the author and onto the blogger. A popular book blogger can make or break your sales and I wondered what it would be like to have that kind of power. What if you were asked to review a book written by someone you knew personally and kind of hated? I continued the series because readers fell in love with the story and the characters (and so did I)…
What is your writing routine like? Where do you write?
Because I have a full-time job, I have to make time to write when I’m not at work. As often as possible, I write during my lunch hour. I spend the first half hour eating while I read on my Kindle, but the second half is work. It’s usually a very rough draft of words I’ll edit/re-write when I get home and have more time. If I don’t have plans after work, I go straight home and write from about 6-8. And, finally, I write on weekends.
What are your favorite things about writing and least favorite things?
There are so many things I love about writing. For me, the act of writing is the ultimate stress release and escape from my own life. I love when an idea comes to me at the weirdest moments, like during spin class, on my walk to work, or in the middle of the night. Seeing a scene play out in my head and then nailing it on the page is magical. I also love the editing process and taking what’s already on the page and making it stronger. Editing is also my least favorite thing because it scares me. Plot issues are like puzzles, and I’m always afraid I won’t be able to solve them. I also hate how quickly my mood shifts from thinking I’m brilliant to wondering why the hell anyone would ever pay to read my stories.
When did you know that you wanted to write? Was it an "aha" moment or something that slowly dawned on you?
I’ve always had a crazy imagination and liked to create stories in my head when I was a child. I didn’t put them on paper, but I would dream up alternate realities on long road trips with my family or when I couldn’t fall asleep. Then at around age thirty, I discovered my passion for writing. It started with children’s stories and segued into blogging about my personal life. One day, on my way to work, I was daydreaming about a relationship that had ended and imagining “what could have been.” I decided then and there that if my mind was going to dream up stories, why not let others read them? I started my first novel later that day and my life was forever changed.
How do you come up with your ideas? Are they real life inspirations, dreamed up or perhaps a little bit of both?
The answer is a little of both. My first novel was inspired by a relationship that went bad. It started out as a “what if” story and, while entirely made up, many of the characters are at least loosely based on “real people.” My second novel was born out of my frustrations with dating in New York City. My fourth novel was inspired by my desire to tell a story of a “young” woman who, like me at the time, was approaching the big 4.0. and never been married. The rest of my books were entirely dreamed up in my imagination. Lately, I’ve been more aware of the business side of writing and, while I don’t follow trends in the hopes of writing the next (INSERT TITLE OF BESTSELLING NOVEL HERE), I do try to come up with storylines I think will appeal to my target audience and be marketable.
Do you have another book you're working on now and if so can you tell us a little bit about it?
I am working on a romantic comedy novel about two estranged high school sweethearts who are forced to work together ten years later. I’m hesitant to provide more details because I’m less than 100 pages in. I will say that it’s more romance-centric than any of my other books, but equally humorous.
Someone asked me this and I hated the specificity but then found it was interesting. One book. You can pick one single book as your favorite. Go.
Oh gosh, this is hard. I absolutely cannot choose a single book as my favorite, but I will tell you my favorite chicklit novel of all times is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I loved, loved, LOVED that book.
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A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.
Ellyn Oaksmith is the USA Today bestselling author of four books including the Kindle bestseller Chasing Nirvana. She lives in Seattle with her family. Luckily, she's waterproof.
How do I find ideas?
They find me. We date for a while & if things work out, we marry. For one year. Best books for writers? Stephen King On Writing Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.