Okay, she had me at “Brit.” As in the title of her new book, Beauty and the Brit. Look at that cover! What’s not to love? Let me introduce you to one of my fellow Avon Authors, Lizbeth Selvig.
1) Did you have a nickname growing up? My family (started by a beloved auntie) called me LittleBit, which sounds hilarious to my mind now at my age and weight. Also, I met my husband at the “tender age” of fifteen, and from that day to this he calls me Lizard.
2) How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? Oddly enough naming a character is rarely difficult for me—it’s one of the few things that, most of the time, pops into my head. When I am stumped, I troll baby name sites. I do keep a name list, especially for last names. I keep a physical phone book at my desk, and I love to take notes during movie credits.
3) What’s your strongest/most productive writing habit? For as many books as I’ve written I still LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This translates to just under 1700 words a day-extremely do-able. Having a very specific goal with a prize (a download of a certificate of completion—not particularly valuable or even classy) turns off my internal editor and lets me get the writing flowing. When it’s not NaNo month (November), I love doing timed writing sprints with my author friends. Again—it puts my internal editor in the corner for a while.
4) Who is your favorite author? LaVyrle Spencer. Most young writers today have never heard about her, but in her time (the 80’s) she was as popular and revered as Nora Roberts is today. She alone made me want to write romance.
- Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Best first line ever: “It wasn’t everyday a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road…”
- Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. Proof of what a contemporary novel CAN be!
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. What any novel SHOULD be.