Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?No. I need two hands to write, to type, to think. Food is distracting. If I deign to eat while doing something writer-y, then it is while I read blog posts, because I can read and eat a la vez.
When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?Night is my ideal time, but since my basement is being renovated night writing has been reduced to whatever I can stick in my notebook. And because it’s hard to do stuff around my family, my writing has turned into a late morning/afternoon affair when I can go work at the library.
Where do you write?In my bed is my preferred handwriting place, and then ideally I write in the basement alone at night, but again, I can’t, so I go to the library because people are less intrusive there. The noise is ambient, not in your life.
How often do you write a new novel?*shrugs* You know, whenever. I tend to have ideas for novels frequently but I don’t get them started very often—editing takes a lot away from other works.
Do you listen to music while you write?Abso-frickin-lutely! Like I am listening to “The Riddle” from The Scarlet Pimpernel as I write this and by now it is “Dance Magic Dance” by David Bowie. Because who does not adore Jareth, I ask you?
Anyway, I’m almost always listening to music because it drowns out the rest of the life happening in my house, which is understandably distracting.
What do you write on? Laptop or paper?I write on everything. Napkins, paper plates, walls, notebooks. But, most often, I write in notebooks, or on the PC. I’ve kind of started using my laptop to write stuff (it’s where I’m working now) but it seems much less trustworthy since I have a disliking for laptops in principle.
Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?I sacrifice an unblemished male virgin from the local high school and offer his entrails up to the god of pain and suffering. When I have finished writing I run over his entrails with my car and inform the police that I know nothing of the string of disappearances affecting the boys within a three-mile radius.
What do you do to get into the mood to write?I kind of just sit down and say “and now I will write.” I am not that kind of person who can write every day unless I have a goal I am working towards, and so when I have something to work for, I get it done, and if I don’t then I elect to not write because I have a fickle soul.
What is always near the place you write?A mug of water. Without fail, there is a mug of water. And sometimes people wash it and then I am like “WHERE IS MY MUG?” and that is always annoying and unjustified.