On A Hot August Afternoon


Yes, yes, I know it’s not August, but I can pretend cant I? Lol

Today’s “Blog Swap” is with author Bridget Straub who knew she wanted to be a writer when she was a child.

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How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have been entertaining my younger sister with stories ever since we were little and shared a room, so writing became a natural extension. By eight I was writing anti-war poems that had my mother worrying that I was depressed. There was just never any doubt that this was what I wanted to do.

What genre do you write in?
i always end up saying Chicklit for lack of a better word but I think just as with Romance that can make it sound like a manufactured bit of fluff. My books are insights to a particular time in the characters’ lives.

Do you have a writing schedule, your normal writing day?
I write off and on throughout the day. I have kids, so there are constant interruptions and scheduling conflicts to be juggled.

What’s the best writing environment for you – where you write?
I generally write on my bed listening to some music to block out surrounding noise. Of course sometimes if it’s a new favorite CD it’s hard to let it work as a buffer and I end up singing along and being totally distracted, lol.
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Who inspires you?
Musicians. I love music and the ability to tell a story or paint a scene in just a few minutes. Also movies, again because I’m very visual, which leads to art. Of course my twelve yr. old is in here telling me it’s my kids that inspire me and they do too!

If you were to be compared to another author, who’s work would yours most resemble?
That’s tough. Bits of Jane Green or Jennifer Crusie maybe?

Tell us about your current WIP/recently published book?
I published my first novel “Searching for My Wand” in December as an ebook. My next book, “On a Hot August Afternoon” is coming out this month and is being released in both kindle form and paperback.
“Searching for My Wand” is about a woman struggling to repair past mistakes she has made. She was named (incorrectly) after Glinda the Good Witch and has spent most of her life trying to live up to that fictionalized image.

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On a Hot August Afternoon” is about marriage, trust, family and the warped perceptions that fame can bring.

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I love Bridget’s drawing :) And it made me ask myself the question….. If you’re a writer, and hence, creative, does that mean you have other creative talents? I used to do collages (check out my Flickr page if you want to have a look) and I’ve seen quite a few writers, showcasing their ‘art’ on their blogs.

So my question to you today dear reader, is…..Do you do any other ‘creative’ activities on top of writing?

Nip on over to Bridget’s Blog to see my post for today :)

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11 thoughts on “On A Hot August Afternoon

  1. It’s funny, because I was creative in other areas before I came to writing. My first love was art, and I took enough courses in college to complete a minor in illustration. Then I joined a rock-n-roll band and explored my love of music. ;)
    Now I’m starting to realize that writing is only another part of the spectrum of a creative life.

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  4. You know, I never really thought about when I first started “telling stories” until I read her comment that she started when she had to entertain her sister. I’m the youngest in a large family and the others are all quite a bit older than me – it dawned on me that I started telling stories to entertain myself! :) Lol! This is a great post. Thank you!

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  5. I follow Bridget’s blog, so I enjoyed reading the “interviewed” side. I love that drawing too.Even though on your post I commented that I had an ideal writing spot (somewhat of an office), when I feel my creative juices getting ready to give me something, I go get on top of the bed with my laptop. I am in a better “zone” there. My other creative activity is baking. I’m still burnt out from Christmas though. So its not like I need a baking fix, like when I need a writing fix.

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