Q: When will you write the next book in {insert series name here}?

A: I’ve got a schedule established and I’m working on manuscripts in a sort of prioritized order. Sometimes that prioritization gets tossed out the window when I find myself so immersed in one world that I cannot do the other justice. Either way, I’m continuously working on projects, I promise.

That said, there’s no guaruntee those mansucripts will be acquired even if they are the next installment in the series. A friend and fabulous author put together a concise post -> Top Five Ways to Keep Your Favourite Authors Writing. Check it out, it’ll only take a minute or two.

Q: Where do you get your inspirations to write?

A: Everywhere! You’d be amazed how my mind nabs random bits of information and turns them into flights of fantasy. I might hear a random fragment of conversation, or see something during my day or read some tidbit online.

The opening scene of Heart’s Sentinel was inspired by a real life experience. I wanted to take classes in Mixed Martial Arts and even though I was 28, I asked my father to come with me to check out the school. When we entered, an instructor greeted us and asked my father to sign a parental permission slip for me to take the trial class, having mistaken me for under 18. LOL. I was pretty intimidated that day, but the instructor made me laugh. It’s a fabulous feeling being mistaken for over a decade younger than your real age.

Q: How do you “squeeze in” time to write with a day job? With your already-demanding schedule, what is your approach to “writing time” that ensures you’re productive? Especially now that you’re writing to deadlines.

A: Before I sit down to write, I tend to go about a few other tasks that don’t take 100% focus. I take a shower or do the dishes or exercise and I mull over my next writing session. When I sit down to write, I know where I’m going and I try to complete the scene so that it’s a coherent thought from start to finish.

Also, I take a notes wherever I go. Plane, train or waiting room, if I see something that inspires me or have an epiphany I always jot down a few notes or store them in my blackberry. It helps me gather my thoughts for when I’m ready to write and triggers my memory.

The idea is to be ready and focused when I do have my writing time, taking the best advantage of the time I can grab to write after the day job is wrapped up for the evening or weekend.

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4 comments on “FAQ
  1. emmad says:

    Will you be doing more of the Terras Guardian series?Just read both on a kindle and loved them.

    • pj says:

      Hi emmad,

      Thank you so much for reading Heart’s Sentinel and Red’s Wolf. I’m very glad you loved them and yes, I am hoping to have the third book in the series submitted to Decadent this summer. 🙂

  2. Jen says:

    Hi PJ,
    Just read Hunting Kat and loved it! Are you doing any more SFR books coming out? they’ll be on my auto-buy.

  3. pj says:

    Hi Jen,
    I definitely plan to submit the sequel to Hunting Kat to Carina Press. It’ll be considered Book 2 of the Triton Experiment series.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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