One of the questions I am asked most often is how I can write as much as I do. For me there are many reasons, but one of the most important is discipline. I have to say that one of my heroes is Nora Roberts and her work ethic.
I have set times during the day that I write each and every day. A typical day for me starts at 6:30 when Dominic gets up. I dress and go right to my work room and get started. The first order of the day is to clear my email, do any blog entries, and spend some time on Facebook. By eight I set to writing and work heads down until 11:00. The lunch period is for me to run any errands and eat, then I return to work at 1:00 and continue until 5:00 or so. By the time Dominic comes home I like to be done for the day so we can spend time together.
I know this sounds regimented, but it works well for me. The trick as a writer is to find the process and time that works for you. We all have families and commitments other than our work and part of the trick is to be able to juggle all aspects of our lives and this includes our writing. So what I suggest to everyone who asks me how I manage my time, is to try to balance my writing life with other parts of my life. I do that through time management and by setting goals for each day and week.
I’d like to add one more idea for you. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you meet a goal or reach a milestone. I like to allow myself some time to read or just to myself. Sometimes what I want for a reward is chocolate. Whatever you consider as a reward. The most important thing is that after you’ve done something wonderful like finish a novel or a particularly tough chapter after a day of working like a fiend, reward yourself and then get up the next day and do it all over again.
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Q. Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I grew up in Western Michigan with part of my childhood in a rural area. That area and experience has been used in a number of works including The Love Means… series and Planting His Dream which is coming in January.
Q. Tell us your latest news??
My latest release is Fire and Rain, the third story in the Carlisle Cops series. On February 15, The Lone Rancher releases. This story is wonderfully fun. Rancher by day, stripper by night. What could be better?
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I had an idea and I wasn’t sure I could actually do it. I started writing and didn’t tell anyone until it was half done.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
There are so many. My life has been surrounded by wonderful books and stories. I think one of the earliest has to be Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Most of my characters take up residence in my head a month before I start a story and by the time I’m done with the previous one, they’re itching to get out and tell their story
Q. What motivates you to write?
The characters and stories bubble up from a well inside and I thank goodness each and every day that I have yet to see the bottom.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
The dreaded middle of each story. I have my characters but at that point there are so many decisions to make and it can be hard to keep up the momentum and energy. When in doubt kill someone or blow something up, either physically or metaphorically.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something from each story I write. Sometimes it’s about craft and others it’s something of the human condition. Fire and Rain taught me something about the latter. I have never been homeless, but I spent a lot of time in the head of someone who was. That affected me in a way I didn’t expect.
Q.What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive and they always have been. I think my parents are proud of me. But more importantly without the support and understanding of my husband I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Write what you love and what you love to read. Put your passion on the page and that will come through to your reader.
Q. What book(s) are you reading now?
I am reading Shira Anthony’s First Comes Marriage
Fire and Rain – Excerpt
Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s were Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.
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