I would like to take a moment to thank Ruth for this opportunity to share a little about myself with all of you.
A Day In the life of J. M. Anton:
Okay it’s 8 AM and the horses are fed. A quick breakfast, then load the dishwasher, so my husband doesn’t have to do it again. Post breakfast, I check my e-mails. That takes a good chunk out of my morning, as I now have three e-mail accounts.
10 AM Help my hubby turn out the horses before I return the e-mails that weren’t deleted as junk mail. I don’t know about the rest of you, but junk e-mail, junk snail mail, and telemarketing phone calls can put a real dent in my day. Consequently, I ignore all of the above when I sit down to work on a writing project.
This is where things get a bit off schedule, and I never know which hat I will be wearing on a given day, or indeed for that particular part of the day. It’s a matter of inspiration. Outside events can trigger the creative juices. For example one of the horses does something that would be a great inclusion for the current Backyard Horse Tale that I may be working on. On those occasions I put on my horse persona to narrate from the horses point of view. No I don’t put on a horsey hat with fuzzy ears, but I transition into Jackie Anton, the author of the family-friendly chapter book series.
My stomach is growling at me, and my husband is wondering what is for lunch. He usually doesn’t bother me unless it’s past 2PM. I do lose track of time when I am involved in a story.
Back at the computer, I read over the last few pages to regain my thought process. I can’t quite get it, so I leave it behind and go ride my horse for a couple of hours. It’s time to think about dinner once my equine pal is cooled out and in his stall.
We go out to dinner several times a week. This is where character analysis comes in. Describe your fellow diners: not just their physical appearance but facial and body language. Where are they going, and where have they just come from? I don’t ask them; this is a mental exercise that helps me when developing realistic fictional characters. Interesting characters are all around us– at the grocery store, the post office, friends, and family. I am always looking for what makes some folks interesting and others boring. Some just fade into their surrounding. Is it a choice, or have they just always been that way?
The house is quiet now and I have been pecking away at the keyboard for hours, and it’s 2AM. I’m getting a little foggy, but my characters aren’t ready to quit any time soon. When they get like that you have to just let them work it out, even if you lose some sleep. My adult book characters are not as polite as those in my horse tales, and they are much more demanding. There are some that I really don’t like much, but they always make the story more interesting.
I just finished the text for the book trailer of “Fateful Waters,” and have a few pages penned on the sequel “Firestorm of the Heart.”
The book that is the subject of this tour was a NaNoWriMo winning entry last November 2011. I have entered the November writing challenge again this year. The object is to write a fifty thousand-word novel from November first thru November 30th. It is a little harder this year with promotion of already published books. The competition is one of many sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light. This organization does a fantastic job of sponsoring writing projects at schools to encourage young readers and writers.
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