Here is a taste of her interview:
Let’s start with the basics: What time of day do you start writing? Is it easier for you to write early in the morning? Late at night?
I am a morning person, so I prefer to work in the morning. I am at my best writing between 6AM and noon. Things begin to deteriorate after that. The afternoon hours are not so great. I can start back up again around 7PM or so.
What’s your preferred tool for writing—a word processor like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.? A pen and paper?
I start off all serious writing with pen or pencil and paper. I also say out loud what I am writing. I sometimes dictate. It is very difficult for me to start out writing on a computer. Once I have the flow going very well, I transfer what I have written onto the computer. Then I can keep writing and editing.
Do you listen to music when you write, or do you prefer silence, or something else in the background?
I prefer silence because, as I said, I am talking as I’m writing. I only want to hear what I am saying.
Do you have any pre-writing rituals or habits?
I listen to music and I straighten things up around where I’m going to be writing.
How many words a day do you produce, or try to produce? How much of that ever sees the light of day?
Oh, there is no set amount. It depends on where I am in the writing process. I would say most of it sees the light of day. I don’t move onto the next thing until I’m satisfied with the pages I have written. It is very unlikely that I will have written, say, a chapter, and then throw it out and start all over. I do not proceed until I’m satisfied with what I have done.
Read the entire interview here.