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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Madonna Stuck In My Head: Homecoming Edition

As many of you know, one of the contests responsible for my finding an agent was Like A Virgin. (You can read all about my first time here.) A year later, the contest is back - and I'm incredibly honored to be participating from the other side of the fence as a Critique Angel. I look forward to working with one of you on a 5 page + synopsis crit!

(BTW, if you follow me on Twitter, I do random query/first page crit giveaways - so even if you don't win now, you could win later...)

(Also, I'll confess I'm reusing some of my answers from last year.)

How do you remember your first kiss?
I remember being surprised. Then panic-admitting that I'd never kissed anyone, then freaking out because I was a freshman in college and thought that was probably a weird thing to admit and that I'd scare him away. Impressed by my overflowing confidence, said boyfriend later went on to marry me.

What was your first favorite love song?
It would have to be "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
Coffee. Two cups, sometimes with chocolate mixed in.

Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
Patrick Ness. I admire a lot of writers, but the way I click with his voice and the way he tells his stories is something surreal. I was writing before I found Ness, but the way I approached my work radically changed after I finished his brilliant novel A Monster Calls. Also, I will never forgive him for Manchee.

Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
Nope. It went through four completely different beginnings before I found the right place. Which is still a trend, even though I'm on my fourth manuscript.

For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
Plot.

What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
Honestly I'd be happy they're thinking of it at all! But if I had to pick something ... original. I would want them to feel like they've experienced something new. Fun fact: this is last year's answer, before I had an agent, before I had a book deal. Recently, I was lucky enough to receive praise from author Roland Smith ... who used that exact word. (See? SEE?)



And that's it for the questions! Looking forward to meeting the rest of you and learning about your "firsts." Good luck everyone!

18 comments:

  1. It's great to 'meet' you Nat and hear your inspiring story. I hope to be posting the blog as the winner next year! Even if I am not I am sure I will take away knowledge and contacts from this event that I didn't have before.

    Kathryn
    http://katloveswriting.blogspot.com/

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    1. There's definitely so much to get out of this contest even if you don't "win." Great to meet you too, and good luck!

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  2. I love your first kiss story, so sweet. It's nice to see your success story with the contest. Hopefully there'll be more successes from this year's batch.

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    1. I bet there will :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Congrats on your success and Kudos for posting Loki! Good luck (I'm Cornerofmadness on the link page).

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    1. Thank you! Always happy to meet another Loki fan. Good luck to you as well.

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  4. Plot. I agree. It is how I start too usually.
    Thanks for posting and letting us know success is possible and that there might be out of contest critique options. Favorite'ing you now.

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  5. Awesome success story! and chocolate + coffee sounds delicious

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  6. Yes! Glad to see I'm not the only one who has different first chapters. Was beginning to think that I was alone in that department, haha.

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  7. Congrats on your success story. Great to hear writers "making it". And chocolate and coffee are the best combinations ever!

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  8. Manchee! The Chaos Walking series is in my top 5 YA.

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  9. We are twins! Thanks so much for giving back this year!

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  10. It's so nice hearing when someone has achieved their dream! Nice meeting you!

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  11. Yum. Mocha. I'm coming over to write at your house. And original... that's a tough one to earn.

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  12. YEA! I love hearing success stories! They keep the dream alive ;)
    PS - I adore putting coco mix in my coffee.

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  13. I love your first kiss story! And reading your answers make me wish I could drink coffee (damn allergies!). Good luck in the competition!

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  14. Didn't get kissed by third grade? Sixth grade? Me either! Love that you were an older first kisser. I was 16. Also, the Loki picture is **awesome**. Best of luck!

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