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Author Survey question of the Day Part 2

survey. . . Part 2

all of the questions taken from


Let’s kick off Monday with some morbid fun. How did you kill the last character you wrote who bit the dust? I’m currently working on a scene where several main characters die by playing chicken.


How do you determine the names of your characters? Phone book? Mythology? Acquaintances? Trial and error? I have gone to and I searched actors, characters. . . I have made lists of boy, girl, and surnames during the times I have writer’s block. My character’s names need to have meaning or at least be unique.


How intense are your dreams? Are your characters or plots so active while you sleep that it changes what you thought you would write? Yes, I have dreamt about my characters. I make my characters so detailed that I could have written other stories with them in it. I can also have made them Sim characters and play games with them.


Ever been so intensely inspired by something, you had to stop writing what you’re writing and spend a little time imagining a new project? Yes, I have but it depends if I have a deadline or not. . . if I have a dealine then I usually just work on the one project. However if I have no deadline then I will juggle two or three projects at once.


Answer this one … All I want for Christmas is … A book deal for my entire vampire book series. . . to be able to publish my other projects. (Not writing wise. . . a new house with my writing space.)


Sooo excited about the Holidays this year and my question is … if your book was a Holiday cookie, dessert or meal, what would it be? It would be a cookie. . . a raspberry thumbprint with a white chocolate drizzle. (Vampire with blood)


I was INTERNET-LESS half of Thursday and all day Friday! So thrilled to be back and able to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! Today’s question … What are your writerly plans for 2012? (Again, I have been pulling these questions from pervious dates.) In 2012 I finished two projects Driving Lies Part 2, and Melzela.


When writing characters, have you ever discovered a friend or family member (spouse or ex-spouse) jumping right into your manuscript uninvited? (I can read this question two ways.) My mom has tried to read my stuff before it was done, but my grammar issues kept her away.

I have noticed that I have written a few of my family member in stuff. . . I know I have written stories about my exs simply to express feelings and close that chapter in my life.


What do you do when you hit the writing wall? Go outside and seek inspiration? Read a book? Eat? Or something else? I will watch movies, work on inspiration project (where I put pictures, videos to music. . .) listen to music, go out with friends, write blogs, cook, bake, spend time with Tom (my boyfriend).


this one may sound goofy, but I tried it and discovered it had changed everything in my wip! The question is … what would happen if you changed the color of your hero/heroine’s hair? Well, several my character’s change color of their hair, their eyes, even their skin. . . In The Whispering Path. . . my main character did dye her hair. . . she surprised everyone.


We all kill characters, whether it’s a fantasy dragon or a human antagonist. I’d like to explore that this week. Today’s question … What is the most interesting way you ever killed off a character? I haven’t written it yet. . . but there are many ways my vampires will perish in my series. I don’t want to give away too much just yet.


Have you ever created a character that you actually hate? A character that, if you saw him/her on the street, you’d slap? Or worse? Yes, I have a characters that I just could not stand. However I realized that you need those characters that you hate so when you take them it feels go.


When was the last time you argued with one of your characters and … did you win? This questioned made me laugh. . . I think it was in November during NaNoWriMowe argued over an extra scene. . . I didn’t win. . . I added into the story and it added just that much more. (However don’t tell my characters or muses. . . I’ll never get to live it down.)


What spurs your creativity to write a new book? Where do you start? the plot idea or the character? I get inspiration everywhere from a song to a movie; from something my boyfriend said to a mistake I’ve made. I like a good plot, but I am a character writer. I analyze all kinds of things to create different personalities. . . zodiac, personality tests, character sketches etc.


I can’t believe this week isn’t over yet! The question today … even if you’re an avid plotter, have you ever discovered that your book simply doesn’t end where you thought it would end? Endings are complicated for me. . . I always want to end strong, and it’s a struggle for me: I bust my brain and my fingers from beginning and then I just have to give it up. It’s like mending an animal have to release it back to the wild. You worry whether it would be good; you hope that you did enough. . . and then the ending the final moments that you have with it. . . the final words you will say with the piece: Are they good enough?


How much writing do you plan to accomplish during the summer? I want to work on some short stories. . . and my urban legend project.


When do you know the title for your book? At the very beginning of the idea? Somewhere in the middle? Not until you’ve finished the book? Or when you and your agent/publisher decide the title? I usually figure it out somewhere in the middle.


Authors often cross talents with Television and movies. We’ve been talking about books to films this week but … have you ever thought about writing a television series? Yes, I would like to partisicipate in TV and movie scripts. . . I am a local playwright and I used to write scripts in high school. I would love to work with the team for the show Supernatural.


Have you ever written a scene that makes you laugh out loud? Cry pitifully? Or feel completely relieved? Yes, I have gotten emotional while writing a few scenes. I’ve had a few heartaching scenes. . .


Does your personality change when you’re editing vs when you’re writing? After all, we’re using two different sides of our brain for these processes. Yes, I have different views. . . I edit better without music from the hours of 7am to 1pm. . . (That is when I catch the most mistakes. . . the thing is I am not a morning person, but I have to time it right.) I write better with music between noon and 7 or late at night.


Whether you are a plotter or not, have you ever found that a book simply insisted on being something different than you intended? That it demanded to be told in first person instead of third … in a different genre … or a secondary character becomes the hero? Yes, I have a book where I wanted to pair two of characters together, but both myself and my main character like the fickle, bad boy artist. . . which will come back in two and three. (My boyfriend is not amused, because I based the character my main character is supposed to be paired up was based off him.)


How often do you find yourself so inspired that you write through the entire day and night? Forget to eat? Don’t even hear the phone ring? I cannot do that because I have to think about others. (It’s a nice dream, but it would burn me out for weeks.) I rather just write 4-6 hours a day then 24 hours straight. If the phone rings, I do check the ID, and I will answer it if I feel like it or I am expecting the call, whether I am writing or not. I cannot forget to eat.


What childhood memory or nightmare still shows up in some form within your writing? I have a fear car accidents: I have written about them. I also hate dealing with certain people in my family. . . I have written about that as well.


Who is planning to do NaNo? Have you done it before? Why should authors who haven’t done the November write-a-thon consider doing it? This will be the fifth year for doing NaNoWriMo. . . I have won all four years, and I hope to win this year as well. I think it’s really encouraging for those who need a boost with their writing.


What do you HAVE to do before you start writing? Have coffee? Clean out your email box? Go for a run? What activity simply can’t be ignored or you can’t write? I used to have a routine when I was at the apartment. . . get up, bathroom, get soda-pop, make lunch, make to-do list. notes, check facebook, play one or two games, and then work on writing sprints or editing. I need at least notes and soda-pop (caffeine) before I write.


I’m still looking to buy more books! Who writes High Fantasy or Urban Fantasy? (My all time FAVORITES!) Please, post your buy link here! Createspace page:


We all know, reading well helps us write well. Today’s question … Do you have an e-reader? How many books are loaded onto it? I have PDF reader and I have at least two dozen books I have yet to read.


Are you a creature of habit and routine? What time of the day do you start writing? What drink to you need at your desk while you write? What time to you stop for meals? Does a disruption of your routine change your writing? Normally I try to write at least two hours a day or so many days a week. I get easily bored by routine. However in November (NaNoWriMo) I am constantly writing or typing.


I’m moving in a few short weeks and will be working in a brand new home office! Have you moved or change the location of your writing space? Did it inspire you, or give you a case of writer’s block? I prefer my writing area to be a desk or table. I need a place for my computer and my notebook. I also need a place with good light and a place where I can play my music. Sometimes a place near a TV or someone playing a videogame can be a distraction.


Do you have a book video? Do you like book videos? If you have one, please share it, and if you don’t share one that you like. I’m not sure what is a video book. If it’s like a youtube thing to advertise your book. . . I haven’t made one yet. I have done stuff for inspiration for my characters. . . where I use music and pictures together.


Have you ever written a character, only to discover that it is basically you or someone very close to you? Did you alter the character. or keep it? I never made the character 100% to anyone I know. . . I will use people I know or celebrities as inspirational starting board so to speak. I also tweak to make them my own characters in the end.


Writers live with it, we tolerate it, we fight back about it, and we wallow because of it. Today’s question is … How do you deal with rejection? I deal with rejection in different ways. . . I usually keep busy. . . I write short stories and deal with those who rejected me in my “personal” way. (It’s like the saying “Don’t piss off a writer or they will kill you in their book.” I think killing is too easy. . . I write the life as a living hell and it usually helps.) I also have a diary and blog which help get my feelings out.

Advice for other writers: never take rejection personally. . . you will get those who like your work, and those who don’t. What counts is that someone read your work! (Even the best writers got rejected before they got popular.)


Yes, we’re writers, but we’re also moms and dad’s, employees and workers, caregivers and pet lovers. We have a lot to do! So, as a writer, how would you describe a HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE WRITING DAY? I would say any day I get 2,000-3,000 words written or over 10 pages is a very productive day. (I’ll be honest, I can do all of the laundry, dishes, go shopping, do errands, help out friends, clean every room in the house, but if I don’t write something. . . I don’t feel I have accomplished anything that day: a true writer at heart.)


We are authors and we work with WORDS. We live and breath words, dream words, and strive to master words. Today’s question is … What is the most beautiful WORD in the English Language? Thank you. Or I miss you.


Authors are writers and after a while, it’s just our job but … What responses do you get when you tell people you’re an author? How does it make you feel? I feel I am story-teller first, a writer second. . . I’m but I’m not an author yet. You can buy my book, but I haven’t made much from them. I just feel you are not an author until you get a pay check from your work. (I’m just getting technical. I doesn’t feel good and make me hopeful when someone calls me an author.)


Everyone has a GOOD LUCK CHARM MOTIVATING ITEM, even when they won’t admit it. What is your lucky charm, sitting there on your desk and magically helping you write your current book? I don’t really have a lucky or motivating charm persay. . . However I have to have more than one pen at my desk, and sometimes I use facebook as a motivation thing. . . I see how many other writer’s have books out and it motives me to get my book out to.


When was the last time an idea for a book was SO SPECTACULAR that you actually stopped writing the manuscript you were working on to write the new book? I get those idea for short stories at least once every few months. I have stopped one project to work on another last February.


When I lived in Los Angeles CA, I did my most creative thinking while sitting in traffic on the 405. Where do you do your most creative thinking? There are several constant areas that inspire me. . . the bathroom when I relax enough to untangle the thoughts in my head, in the back of my mom’s yard: there is a creek and I can think there, when I am watching a movie or listening to music. I also get ideas when I am reading books in the genre.






I got this off the forums on the NaNoWriMo site. They have their new setup, which is sweet and more modern. This year’s theme is video games.
If you want to add me as a writing buddy . . .

– What age range are you? 30’s (31 in December)

– Male, female, other? Female, the last time I checked.

– If 1 is 100% Masculine and 10 is 100% Feminine, what number would you rate yourself for your country/background? 6.5 (This is a very bizarre question; I have pieces of me that is tomboyish, and pieces of me that are girly. I am just me!)

– Country and/or Ethnicity (if you are comfortable telling this)? United States/ I’m a Caucasian German/Slovak/English/Scottish

– Myers Briggs Typology? I retook the test and it said that I am an ISTJ, which is so different from what I was in my school days ENTP. (Take test here:

– Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? Semi-sensitive (14 or higher was extremely sensitive. . . I was 12) (Take test here:

– What number of years have you participated in NaNoWriMo? 3: I won all 3

– Do you write books outside of NaNoWriMo? Yes, I am always writing.

– Did you write before you participated in your first NaNoWriMo? Yes.

– How long have you been writing fiction for? Give or take 20 years
And if before NaNoWriMo, what forms? Diaries, poetry, short stories, blogs, scripts, and eventually novels.

– Are you published officially (non-local magazines) and books (non-self-published/POD)? I have several interviews on blogs. I have two short stories published in some other works, but I do not have the links yet.

– What genre(s) do you usually write? Horror: paranormal/occult or paranormal-thriller

– What genre did you write for NaNoWriMo? Paranormal/Occult or Mystery/thriller

– Do you treat your characters as real/do they talk to you? Yes, my muses and characters fight a lot.

– Are you an Improviser/Discovery Writer, a Milestone writer (set out certain important events to hit without the detail), an Outliner, or mixed (if so, how?)? I created a basic outline for smaller projects. I will use larger and more detailed outlines and character profiles (sketches) for bigger projects.
b. What method did you use for NaNoWriMo? I start with an outline and then I write notes out before I do my daily word sprints.

– Do you believe in event-driven, character-driven or story-driven?
Event-driven- Events move the story. (Often misnomer as Plot-driven)
Character-driven- Characters move the story.
Story-driven- All aspects of the story are important in turn and can move the story.
90% of the time I am character driven; I feel without the characters you will not have a story.

– In what order do you write? Forwards, backwards, skip around or mixed? I usually start with the scene that is boiling in my head, just dying to get out. Then I work around that. (My vampire series has one book down and pieces of other books right now).

– Do you determine the ending first, later, or when you get there? I usually have a general idea where the ending is going. Ending a story is really hard for me.

– What do you feel is your weakest and strongest point in writing? Middle scenes are my strongest, endings are my weakest, and grammar is my kryptonite.

– What are you best and weakest at: beginnings, middles, endings? Best—middle; Worst—ends, after several weeks, month, even year my projects are like my babies.. . I get scare to see them stand on their own, just causes me to procrastinate my endings.

– What materials/programs do you like to use when writing? Black ball point bic pens, Spiral notebooks college rule if possible, and whatever computer I have it has to have some music and some program that I can save my work as a doc (word friendly).

– How many writing project do you have at one time? Usually I have at least three projects going at once.

– Where do you get your ideas? (The dreaded question writers frequently get.)
I get them from all kinds of places. My boyfriend and I broke up the first time, I got the vampire idea. My mystery book was caused by one of my fears: car accidents.)

– Why do you write? (The other frequently asked question to writers)
I am a story-teller first. (A writer like 8th, and editor 157th). To paraphrase Stephen King: I write version A for myself. I write version B for everyone else. I write a story that I think I would want to read. There is much of me in several of the characters . . . and other people I know in other characters, so it about expression as well. (Note: You will see more of me in “A” version of the story if you can get pass all of the grammar errors.)

– Do you research? If so when? before, during or after? If so, how much time will you spend on it? I have to say I do my majority of research before I write the scenes that need it. I also research while writing . . . all I know is that I usually have hours, almost days of research by the time the project is done. Then I continue to research when I edit and rewrite to make sure I got my fact right.

– Do you use primary (people who were there/experienced it), secondary (People who heard about it) or third-hand research (usually books, etc)? or mixed? If so, how much and how do you do it? Well, it depends on the subjects. I am writing a mystery novel that deals with car accident so I have talked to those who have been accidents, friends who are mechanics, and even watched other accidents on TV shows/documentaries and movies.

– For the Speculative Fiction/ Historical Fiction Crowd: If you world build, how much, when and how? I think that whether you make your own world or use history that you main character is in the center of that world. I really angle around the character and how they see the world.

– Are you a hobbyist, or doing this for publication? Or in the crowd of if you get an edited book that you’ll try to publish it? Would you like a career as an author? I do have a few of my book self-published through amazon and just search the name Rebekah Wolveire. (These are first editions, because I plan to edit them again.)
I would like to get a main stream for my vampire series and several other book of short stories I am working on.

– Would you publish your Nanowrimo for this year if you got it cleaned up? I do have a version of two of my books through because of NaNoWriMo. (Links to my books are at the bottom.)

– What books do you read inside of your genre? (Include authors please)
Genres: Horror: Occult/Paranormal
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Fool’s Journey  by Kay Darling
The Shinning by Stephen King
Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King

Genre: Mystery
Ten Little Indians (And Then There were None) Agatha Christie (It goes by either title)
b. How many do you roughly own/read in your genre in a year? Less than I should. . . I know I should read more. I hate to admit this, but I have read more short stories than I have read novels.
c. What is the oldest book (as in publication date) you’ve read in your genre? Dracula by Bram Stoker
d. What is the one book/author you would recommend to a newbie reading your genre? If you are a true vampire fan Dracula by Bram Stoker and the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. (I have several blogs on how I am annoyed and against Twilight.) If you want to write about ghosts or working with devil, then I would suggest at least one of Stephen King’s books or short stories. (The Shinning, 1408, Riding the Bullet, The Stand etc)

– What Classics have you read and enjoyed and disliked (inside and outside of classes)? Include author please.
Ten Little Indians By Agatha Christie
Diary of Anne Frank
The Miracle Worker by Helen Keller
Romeo and Juliet, Caesar, Mid-Summer Night Dream by William Shakespeare

– What books do you read outside of your genre? (include authors)
Shakespeare’s works
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Stories from Reader’s Digest

– Would you have written this novel without NaNoWriMo? I’ve started several novels. I have written several novellas.

– And what does NaNoWriMo mean to you? One of the many reasons that I have two finished books: I believe that if I didn’t have the rewards and the extra push from NaNo, I would have not gotten two of my books done. It has allowed me to find groups of great and talent writers whom I can chat with and sprint with. They have been great support.

– What have you learned from NaNoWriMo (so Far)? I can’t just say what I have learned from NaNoWriMo in just a few sentences. (I have a writing blog my link is below. There are a lot of tips and things I have learned from NaNo and having beta readers.)

– Has writing a novel changed how you view authors and read novels? I now understand that a novel is not written overnight. You really need to love, because there are times it feels like work. (There are many times where I would rather soak in the bath or play Sims, but I tell myself I need to finish that scene or chapter. My boyfriend usually has to push me to end my projects.)

– If you were at a book signing and a person said to you, “Hey! I have a great idea for a book–you write it, edit it and all of that and then we go 50/50 on the profits. So what do you think?” What would you say to that person? (This does happen.)
I’ll be honest 90% of the time, I’m usually in the middle of at least 2-3 projects at a time (some my own, some are my boyfriend’s projects). Over half the time, I usually put too much on my plate, so I wouldn’t have time to do more projects.
However I would suggest that they try NaNoWriMo, or Camp NaNo, because they may find writing groups that will work with them. (Hint: when you want to work with someone else or a group, you need to make sure that you don’t have too many “A” personality types. . . aggressive leaders, because there will be too much arguing and not enough process. You also need to agree on a voice and a style and try to be constant or at least do so when editing.)
I also work better by myself. (I tend to get frustrated working with others. My boyfriend and I bump heads all of the time.)

– What’s more offensive to you: prejudiced slurs or the 4-letter and one three-letter swear words? I’m more offended at someone calling someone stupid or saying that they can’t when they haven’t even tried. (I use cuss words, as for prejudiced slurs, we all have some like of slur . . . it’s

– If Chris Baty (who started Nanowrimo) and Chris Angotti (who currently runs the Program Director portion) got into a brawl with each other over an authentic flying pig, who would you vote to win? Keep in mind Heather Dudley (Forum Moderator) is your local electorate… I’m sorry, I didn’t play favorites when my friends or brothers would fight, I am not picking a side now. I’m playing Switzerland.

My links

My Facebook page
writing blog (I have a lot of tips for writing and NaNoWriMo on this site.)
: http://www.twitter.comRebekahWolveire
Whispering Path E-copy
The Whispering Path Paperback
you want to beta read and/or edit my first vampire novel Melzela, please message me.)
Or  (Melzela first edition)