Today I am thrilled to welcome Luisa Plaja, the writer (and genius brain) behind Kiss Date Love Hate (if you haven’t read it yet – I advise you to fix this quick smart!). Luisa has kindly agreed to talk about her typical writing evening. I honestly don’t know how Luisa fits it all in!
Over to Luisa…
An evening in the life of author Luisa Plaja
Thank you very much for inviting me to Behind the Books. This post will be about my writing life, aka How I Fit it All In.
In a word: aaaaargh!
In two words: It’s difficult.
In three words: It’s very difficult.
In four words: But I love it.
Don’t worry, I’ll stop counting words now! Instead, I’ll give you a run-down of a typical evening in my life. (In, ahem, about four hundred words…)
I don’t know how similar to other writers I am, but I do know that most of us have other jobs and/or people to look after, so when it comes to writing we tend to be either night owls or morning people. Lots of writers work at anti-social hours at one end or another of the day. For me, it’s definitely night time. I can easily write until dawn, if left unchecked and undisturbed by small people.
Here’s a run-down of a typical ‘writing’ evening…
8.30pm – I’m in the middle of the children’s bedtime process. This can take… a while. I’d rather not say how long.
9.30pm but usually more like 10.30pm – I settle down to write.
10.30pm – My fingers gravitate towards Twitter. I have a lot of lovely teen followers so it’s sort of research, really. Isn’t it? Besides, I might pick up some interesting writing tips, or more likely reading tips, as there are so many great book-bloggers on Twitter and…
11.30pm – Now, come on, this is ridiculous. I’m supposed to be writing. Stop chatting, me! Luckily, my British Twitter friends are starting to sign off for the night and my Australian Twitter friends haven’t quite woken up yet. I’ll catch up with the US gang tomorrow. Time to shut that browser…
11.35 – I need to open the browser again. Important research. Plus I want to make sure that the post I’ve scheduled to go live on Chicklish is looking all right. In fact, if I wait a bit, I can post it after midnight and it will still count as tomorrow’s post but I’ll be around to check it’s definitely OK, and to send the link to the relevant people, and…
12.05am – Sorted. Now… writing…
2.05 am – I am going to regret this in the morning… Wait – it technically is the morning! Well, never mind that. What is this character up to…?
3.05 am – Yeah, yeah, bed, I’ll be with you in a minute!
4.30 am – Trying not to think about how early I have to be up tomorrow… er, today… in about two hours…
Not-very-sensible amount of time later:
Thank you again for inviting me to your site, Jesse! I won’t tell you what time it is as I write this, but let’s just say it’s either early or late, depending on which side of the day you’re looking at!
Luisa Plaja’s latest book is Kiss Date Love Hate http://www.luisaplaja.co.uk/books/kiss-date-love-hate/
Lex Murphy’s group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama!
Then Lex’s friend George is give a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few ‘wishful thinking’ adjustments to the settings – and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue…?
A big thank you to Luisa for taking part in Behind The Books and sharing her typical writing evening. If you would like to find out more about Luisa you can check out her website at luisaplaja.com, follow her on twitter @luisaplaja or like her on Facebook.