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Q: Give us an example of a typical writing day.
I hate to confess this, but I am a rather fickle writer and I don’t have much of a typical day’.
A sunny day is always better for writing for me because once I’m sitting in the sunlight, I can write for ages. I’ve been known to sit on the kitchen floor, take a bean bag out on the back veranda and even stay in bed in the morning (our bedroom catches all the morning light) just to write in the sunshine.
Rainy days see me curled up in my pink plaid PJ pants and blue sweater, writing away – most often on my recliner.
I used to write at my desk, but that is so often used for work that I find I get into the wrong mindset when I try to write fiction.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
Through most of my life, I have been a diehard pen and paper writer. There is something about writing longhand that has made the experience what it was for me. The portability of a notebook I could take out of my bag at any time was ultimate.
These days I am trying to get myself creating more on the computer. I can type a lot faster than I can write, but I do always have paper and a pen with me just in case inspiration strikes. I also keep them near me even when I’m at the computer for any notes. I can’t quite break completely free just yet…
Q: Do you work from an outline?
When it comes to the old ‘pantser vs. plotter’ thing, I have always flirted with both sides. With my fiction, I usually have a loose outline, though less than a skeleton. More like a few foot bones, a couple of ribs and a bit of skull to see where I’m going with things.
With my non-fiction, though, an outline was a lot more important. I wanted to create a step-by-step guide, so a step-by-step outline only made sense.
Q: Biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life.
I would have to say my biggest pet peeve in the writing life in general is the lack of respect by some non-writers or dabblers. There is this feeling out there that because everyone can write words, anyone can write a novel. Writing is an art but it is not respect as much as, say, painting or sculpting.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Oh, I have so many hopes for my future. In ten years I would love to have at least a few novels out as well as more ebooks in the ‘So You Want’ series. I hope these books are successful, of course. I hope to be a home owner instead of a renter. I also hope to be a mother, so many things to look forward to!
Q: What’s next for you?
I am very excited to be currently working on getting my first novel, a paranormal romance called ‘Echo Falls’, available by August. I am currently waiting on the proof copy for the print book. I am so close! It is very exciting.
Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. (So far, a cat named Asimov and a puppy named Brin.)
A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women’s fiction, urban fantasy and more – all with a touch of romance.
She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.
Her fiction work and poetry has been published both online and off in places including The Oddville Press (no longer running) and The Filth zine.
Visit Jaime at her tour page at Pump Up Your Book!