I'm a huge podcast listener, especially when I work cleaning houses. Mur Lafferty's I Should Be Writing podcast is one of my favorites. She is open and honest about her writing life, and has refreshing guests who talk about writing, publishing and so much more.
1) What was the hardest part about writing your last book? The easiest?The hardest was my agent telling me she didn't want to sell it. The easiest was writing it, as it's an idea I've been nursing since 2004.
2) What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel (or writing in general)?
Discipline and not being distracted by everything outside your word processor.
3) What do you do when you’re in the middle of a book and you’re sick of it? How do you keep from stopping to work on your new shiny idea?
I remember that this is a job, and when you're sick of your job, you still do it. Write down the new shiny ideas, and keep working on the work in progress.
4) What are your current writing projects?
I'm working on a midgrade novel I hope to have done by the end of the year.
5) What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Heck, I have no idea! I've done pretty well being one of the first and longest running podcasters, I suppose.
6) What is your favorite quality about yourself? Your least favorite?
I'm creative, I know that. The worst part is not having the discipline or self esteem to really encourage that creativity the way it should be encouraged.
7) Favorite TV show?
The Office and Carnivale
8) Who is your favorite author and why?
Neil Gaiman, because he can write about almost anything and make me care. His delving into mythology is unparalleled.
9) What’s the last book you read?
The Wolf Tree by John Claude Bemis
10) What is your favorite/most helpful book on writing?
45 Master Characters and On Writing
11) Do you have a Facebook or web page for fans?
facebook.com/mightymur -- http://www.murverse.com/
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