Writing Rituals and Other Questions with Denise Dwyer D’Errico

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Happy Friday! This week was long and weird. I don’t know if it’s the change in weather or what, but my arthritis has been kicking my ass. I spent most of my time resting and squeezing in marketing and writing. (Savannah’s Song comes out two weeks from today!) Then of course Prince suddenly passed away yesterday. 😢 What the hell is going on this year?!

My goal this week was to finish the first draft of Just One More Minute. I’m hovering right under 30K but am still miles away from the ending. Since I have to revise the third book in the South of Forever series next week, I’ll be putting it aside for a bit.

Best laid plans, am I right?

Today I have a fresh new interview up at Denise Dwyer D’Errico’s space! Denise is a super sweet writer friend who recently released a book of poetry, so make sure you check out her work.

Here’s a little snippet of the interview:

What subjects & causes are near and dear to your heart?

I tend to write about contemporary social issues, like substance abuse and taking the offbeat path. I think it’s because I’ve watched a lot of people I love struggle with drugs and alcohol—and I don’t think I know anyone who’s taken the “normal” path in life.

Growing up, I was always under this sort of impression that you’re supposed to go to college, settle yourself into a stable career, then maybe get married and have a family. But my post-high school life was nothing like that. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but I met someone I was crazy about. Then I got sick and had to can my already tentative career plans. My husband and I dated for seven years before we got married, and we’re currently child-free.

Life never turns out the way you plan for or want. I really try to tell people, through all of my books, that it’s okay to do things differently or to roll with the punches.

Read the full interview here!

What are your plans for this weekend? I’ll be resting, reading Drums of Autumn (Outlander, Book 4) by Diana Gabaldon, and then having my cousins and sister over for drinks and catching up. Tell me your plans in the comments below!

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Elizabeth Barone

Elizabeth Barone is an American novelist who writes contemporary romance and suspense starring strong belles who chose a different path. Her debut novel Sade on the Wall was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She is the author of the South of Forever series and several other books. When not writing, Elizabeth is very busy getting her latest fix of Yankee Candle, spicy Doritos chips, or whatever TV show she’s currently binging. Elizabeth lives in northwestern Connecticut with her husband, a feisty little cat, and too many books.

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