Before I published Amorous Woman, I'd never really been interviewed as a writer. I did manage to wander in the path of inquisitive journalists a few times with mostly amusing results. A Washington Post writer came up to Princeton my freshman year to see how the local kids were faring in the Ivy League. I said a lot to the guy, but somehow I came across as a physical education freak, which is so not me.
But let's get to the real reason for my blog post. I happened to be browsing through today's ERWA-Writers digest and I noticed Kathleen Bradean had a new interview up at the Circlet Press site. She mentioned she talked a lot about the writing process, plus I love her work, so I clicked right on over and started reading. I have to say this is one of the best writer interviews I've ever read--concise, smart, articulate, informative and true.
I really related to this answer about her writing process:
"So little of writing is actually typing it into the computer. I live in Los Angeles and spend a lot of time in the car. That’s my time to think about scene, plot, character, etc. I don’t write anything down because, well, I’m driving, but all I want to take away from those sessions is the essence of the scene, not exact words. The story is right when it feels like the truth."
I live in Berkeley and I walk more than drive, but it's the same for me--I work scenes over and over in my head many times before I actually write them down so that in a way it's almost like I'm taking dictation on something that really--truly--happened.
I was already enthralled with this interview and was enjoying Kathleen's descriptions of authors who've influenced her when suddenly I saw my name in a line of inarguably awesome writers: "...Donna George Storey, for proving that erotica novels can be so much more."
Okay, I've picked myself off the floor and dusted off--but clearly my day can't get any better, so I'm going back to bed. But you, on the other hand, should go read the interview. It's inspiring in so many ways!