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- What is your writing process like?
Typically, I’m doing something totally unrelated to writing and this character will sort of pop into my head. The first thing I do is spend some time with him or her, looking for those interesting tidbits that will make them a good protagonist. When I feel like I know them well enough, I comb through news stories looking for the germ of an idea for the suspense in the story. What kind of trouble can I get them into? I typically do a few character charts, though things change as I write. When I’m three chapters in, I stop, look at the direction the story and the characters are going, and write a very short, very loose plot. Sometimes I stick to it, and sometimes it goes off into left field, but I generally know where I’m headed by then. I’m not a person who can sit down and plot out a book and then write it. As for the actual writing, I’m blessed to have my desk sitting exactly where my grandmother’s sewing machine did. The bulk of my time is spent at my desk with my hands on that keyboard, pushing through words that are usually pretty bad and that have to be revised later. Or, you know, staring out the window and watching the wind blow in the trees while I pretend I’m writing…
- What the hardest thing about being a writer?
Lately, it’s being alone for huge chunks of time. I tend to put myself on a very rigid schedule when I’m on deadline, and I forget that I need to get out and be with other people. If I do that for too long, I get restless. So the hard part is balancing that need to work with that need to go just relax, hang out, and be with other people.
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Making up stories. I love running around in my imagination where anything can happen. Sometimes I forget that this is my story and I can do absolutely anything with it. That’s the fun part… taking these characters and seeing what happens next. It’s like having imaginary friends when you were a kid. I get to play for my job!
- How do you balance writing and the rest of life?
I’ve done a very poor job of that for the past couple of years. I’ve worked way too much! But now I’ve instituted a new rule: don’t work when the family is home. And take time off after each book. I have had a bad habit of finishing a book one week and jumping straight into the next one. Now, I’m determining to take time off in the middle so that I can breathe and let my brain have a rest. Burnout is no fun!
- Are you an introvert or extrovert? What’s that best thing about being an (introvert or extrovert)?
I’m a pretty even mix of both. Too much time with or without people leads to stress, so I have to be careful to find that balance. I took a personality test when I was counseling at a leadership camp once, and the test developer was there doing a seminar. He said the only other person he’d ever seen score the way I did was Patch Adams (the real one, not Robin Williams). I thought that was hilarious. The good thing is I can do pretty well in almost any situation. The bad thing is that I tend to be alone a little bit too much, and that makes the extrovert in me a little bit anxious. I have to remind myself to get into motion and get around other people.
About Jodie Bailey
Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her romantic suspense, Crossfire, won a 2015 RT Reviewers Choice Award and her contemporary romance, Quilted by Christmas won a 2014 Selah. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. Stop by and say hi at www.jodiebailey.com
About Christmas Double Cross
Undercover Texas Ranger Colter Blackthorn’s convinced Danielle Segovia is really a wanted criminal—until she’s nearly kidnapped right in front of him. Now Colter must keep her out of the clutches of the notorious drug cartel leader whose traitor sister is a dead ringer for Danielle. The drug czar wants the drugs he thinks the pretty shop owner stole from him. And with the younger brother Danielle is raising dragged into the crosshairs, Colt has to find a way to protect them both. But a showdown at Christmas—with Danielle as bait—may be the only way to make sure they all survive the holidays.