My first book THE PREY was released on December 27, 2005 and my 30th book, MAKE THEM PAY, will be released on March 7th … only 3 short weeks away. I can write anywhere, by necessity, but I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat before … (You can click through to MAKE THEM PAY for all the pre-order links and whatnot!)
Before I sold my first book, I worked full time in the California State Legislature. And, I had kids. At first three … then four … and then five. Before I sold, I wrote at night after the kids went to bed. They were younger and I had a den in the house, so I could close off from the world and write for three hours every night after they went to bed, before I crashed for six hours. Then I’d wake at six a.m., get the kids off to school or daycare, and commute to work. It was a gruelling schedule, but I knew it wouldn’t be forever. My dream was to make my living writing fiction, and I knew that to achieve that dream I had to work my ass off for however long it took.
I quit my day job three years after I seriously started writing. By that time, I had the five kids and no longer had a den. I moved my desk into the living room, but that afforded no privacy. I’ve always been able to work with noise … it’s the interruptions that kill me.