I am very excited this week to congratulate Dahlia Adler--talented writer, brilliant blogger, social media maven, and all around sweetheart--on the release of her debut YA novel, BEHIND THE SCENES!
To celebrate, Dahlia is having a fun release tour where she has asked all of us who are participating to share a little bit about her book and then share a "behind the scenes" peek into some aspect of our own writing.
First things first! Here's the deets on Dahlia's book:
High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park -- star of TV's hottest new teen drama -- but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally's ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.
Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors' publicist arranges for Van and Liam to "date" for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.
Want to read it, like, yesterday? I thought so!
Now, for a quick peek behind the scenes at my writing routine. I work full time and am an active volunteer with my church and two local writing groups, so people often ask me, "When do you find time to write?"
The answer: First thing in the morning. In fact, that's the only time I can write. By the time I get home from work (where I do a lot of writing, BTW), I am wiped and want to do nothing that requires more brainpower than watch "Wheel of Fortune" (which I totally rock at, BTW).
So, as soon as I get up, I take a half-hour walk. This wakes me up and gets the blood flowing to my brain. Here's a shot from this morning's walk:
Looks peaceful, huh? Great way to start the morning.
Next, I spend about 40 minutes writing. Here's where all the magic happens ... on my bed, on my Mac, with Little D beside me:
Granted, 40 minutes a day is slow going (that's why it takes me so long to write novel, folks!). But every book ever written was written one word at a time. For anyone out there who is struggling to find time to write, start with 40 minutes. Heck, start with 20 minutes. Carve it out of your day, and stick to it. And if you do that every day, eventually you'll have a book. Having an adorable puppy by your side helps, too.