Welcome my dear friend and author, Nicole O’Dell. Nicole has been gracious enough to provide us with a fun interview below and be sure to check out her series for Teens and Tweens with Barbour Publishing, called Scenario’s For Girls. Fun books that deal with real choices and the reader gets to participate! Here’s here latest two titles.
(See below for contacting Nicole and learning more)
1. How many hours a day/number of pages do you write? Describe a good/bad work day.
Hmm. It would be easier for me to talk about the week because every single day is different. When I’m in the middle of a project, a 10,000-15,000 word week is average. I recently had a 10,000 word day–that was fun!
A good day for me involves spending the morning with my kids and hanging with the babies until Wil can take over. I’ll go off and work for a few hours and re-
enter when the babies wake up from their nap and the older kiddos get home from school. Then I work more after bedtime.
A bad work day is when everything goes wrong–a baby is sick, the washing machine breaks,
etc–and I don’t ever get to break away to write. I have to force myself to be flexible on those days. Grin and bear it. 🙂
2. What are some of the goals you (would like to) accomplish through your writing?
At this moment, I just pray that I can continue what I’m doing and get better at it. As time goes on, I hope to have a thriving ministry to teens, making a difference in many lives. It can be through writing or other means as God leads.
3. What do you feel is the best and worst part of writing/publishing?
The best part is being able to express myself through the medium I most prefer. I love books! The worst part would have to be the waiting. It’s so difficult to finish a book and know you won’t be able to share it with others for at least a year.
4. What practical advice do you have for unpublished writers?
Keep at it. Go to conferences. Network. I know everyone says those things, but it’s so true. Learn. Learn. Learn.
5. What do you find inspiring?
The people I meet along this amazing journey. I’ve made some wonderful writer friends who just may understand me better than anyone (Kit: wink, wink). It’s such a relief to share the solitary life of being a writer with others who walk the same path.
6. What’s your favorite comfort food?
Is coffee a food? No? Okay, then I’d have to say gummy bears. I really, really want a white one of these: http://www.vat19.com/dvds/worlds-largest-gummy-bear.cfm?adid=gbase I have a whole process for eating gummy bears. I eat the green and orange ones first to get them out of the way. The red and white ones get special attention. First, I bite off their little arms and legs. Next, I bite them in half lengthwise. I eat the bumpy front part and then suck on the flat rectangle back for a while. Is that weird?
7. What do you do for fun?
Um…I think I just described it! J/K. Fun…hmm…I love to bike. That would have to be my favorite leisure activity. My family members are all big board game players, and we love to get together for game nights.
Thanks for visiting, Nicole!
*Here’s a link to a recent podcast: http://gabcast.com/casts/1631/episodes/1264012962.mp3