Iâ€™m going to take an opportunity to plug ye olâ€™ husband and his book, Leepike Ridge. Have you bought it yet? If not, click here now, right away. Makes a good Christmas gift. And pre-order 100 Cupboards while you’re at it.
Thereâ€™s an interview up today on a site called Novel Journey. Iâ€™m posting an excerpt below which paints a good picture of a typical day in the life of the Nate Wilson people.
Novel Journey: Can you give us a view into a typical day of your writing life?
NDW: Well, itâ€™s not exactly normal. My computer is set up tastefully in a corner of the TV/play room. My kids (the oldest of which is five) frolic all around me, climbing on my lap, coloring on the desk beside me while I write, watching Charlie and Lola in the background and so on (just now, they happen to be jumping around behind me with paper knives and grocery bag costumesâ€”excuse me a moment while I cut out a cardboard sword).
If theyâ€™re playing Iâ€™ll turn on music just to add to and ultimately neutralize the mayhem. If theyâ€™re watching something Iâ€™ll pod out under headphones. If Iâ€™m really into a story, thereâ€™s not much that distracts me that doesnâ€™t involve bleeding. I also teach, and Iâ€™m remodeling my house on my own, so those things crowd up the days pretty well, but Iâ€™ll write in the gaps.
When the dinner hour rolls around I drop whatever Iâ€™m doing and pretty much mess around with the kids until weâ€™re packing them off to bed. Weâ€™ll walk to a park, visit cousins, goof off outside, or just roll around on the floor. At some point my wife and I will have to procure caffeine for the night ahead. When the kids are finally all down (it can take a whileâ€”frequently Iâ€™ll tell them stories where they each get to pick one character, forcing me to weave something together involving a magic puppy, a creeping land squid, and a butterfly-unicorn-ballerina-princess) my wife and I will sit down and put our feet up for a short bit. Then sheâ€™s off planning the week, putting the house together again, etc. and Iâ€™m back to the computer.
When Iâ€™m pushing to finish a draft Iâ€™ll write until 1:30 or 2 most nights, and of course, in those final days, I might see the sun rise once or twice. I try not to read much when Iâ€™m in full-on writing mode, but then Iâ€™ll come out of it like a starving man, needing to rush through a stack of books to soothe the dizziness. Read the rest here