by Annie Rayburn and Susan Carlisle
Carol/Annie: Hey, Susan. Last night I went to bed with a scene problem in my head and this morning I woke up with the solution. Love when that happens. (grin) But I got to thinking about how many times that’s happened to me over the years. I think that just-before-waking time may be my most creative moment of the day. Has something like that ever happened to you?
Susan: Sure. If I’m stuck in a scene I often take a bath, go for a walk and *bang!* There is the answer. There’s something about clearing my head that makes the answer pop in.
C/A: Really? I’ve heard several writers say that exercise or showering clears their head and helps them figure out plot problems. Showering just gets me clean. LOL! As for exercise, I have to confess I haven’t tried that very often. Must put my new exercycle to use. What time of the day do you prefer to work?
Susan: I’m a morning person. I can usually get more done before lunch than any other time of the day. Surprisingly, I have found that I’m a pretty good writer in the mid-afternoon too.
C/A: We’re kinda opposites there. I’m definitely a night owl. I’ve written some of my best stuff after midnight. And mid-afternoon my brain goes into this dull, wish-I-could-nap mode. (light-bulb moment) Maybe that’s when I should put my new exercycle to good use. Hey, what about characters? How do they reveal themselves to you?
Susan: Recently, I’ve started thinking, what would such and such character do in this situation? Suddenly I have a tidbit, a detail that, makes the character more well-rounded, more real. That is exciting stuff for me.
C/A: And more exciting for the reader, I’m sure. Speaking of that – Congrats on your upcoming release date of your first Harlequin Medical Romance! Now that you’re doing guest blogging and interviews, what’s a common question that crops up?
Susan: Thanks! The question writers often get is where do your stories come from? To be truthful, I’m amazed sometimes how I come up with stories. Often I’m somewhere and I start wondering who would be here and why. Because I write medicals my first question is always what would a doctor or a nurse be doing here?
C/A: Since my stories incorporate Crainesians in our normal world, I look for ways to twist our everyday life, or themes in romance like a marriage of convenience plot that I can twist around to fit my Crainesian customs.
Susan: Tell me how you came up with your Crainesians? My mind so doesn’t work that way. To come up with that kind of world is so cool.
C/A: Funny you should ask about that because they came to me in a dream. I woke up with it still playing out in my head during the wee hours one morning and had to get the scene into the computer. Because they were telepathic and had different mating habits, I knew they had to be from another planet, yet they looked like us and were living in Denver. Voila! I had the Crainy world.
Susan: That’s neat. Our blog sisters must have these kinds of creative experiences, don’t you think?
C/A: Let’s ask them and our readers. Many of the non-writers have hobbies and do crafts. I wonder if they have special creative times or routines with bursts of creativity, or more productive times in their work day?
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