Q: How often do you write?
A: When I don’t want to, when I need to, as often as possible, every damn day, after a much-needed break, in my head constantly.
Q: How do you get the motivation to turn off the damn Netflix and work?
A: You say “my career is more important than the next episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” but this is only after many episodes of The Kardashians. Usually when you can no longer physically keep up with them any longer, you begin to write. Also: when you’re out for blood.
Q: Do you have an agent?
A: I do, her name is Alyssa and she is lovely. I got her after I wrote the first proposal for my book, through my tv agent (rights for The Frenemy, I’m not an actress) who works at the same company (Paradigm) as she does. I recommend getting an agent before you shop your book, as you do give her a cut but she gets you better deals and spots bullshit a mile away and can actually understand the 50 page contract you receive (and gives you wine).
Q: How do you deal with creative blocks?
A: I think of something totally unrelated to what I want to write and write that instead. Gets the juices flowing, although so does a good glass of whiskey.
Q: Do you have fear or failure/success?
A: I have a consistent fear of letting myself and the people who read The Frenemy down. It is second only to my fear of taking opportunities I have given to me for granted.
Q: How do you get published?
A: A sturdy mix of the belief that you are talented enough to get published, the drive to do it, the skin to take criticism, the iron will to edit it AGAIN, and the persistence to follow it all through. Put on the stove and let bubble for weeks, months, years.
Q: Is it exhausting and expensive and time-consuming? Is it worth it?
A: Yes, exhausting. Expensive in the way that you have to learn to budget the money you have like a motherfucker, you have to deal with not making that much money, and you have to pay taxes in April for any money you make up the wazoo. And if I said seeing my book in a bookstore wasn’t one of the best moments of my life, I’d be a damned liar. 10/10 worth it.
Q: How’d you decide to become a writer?
A: I told myself I was one, and then I decided to prove it.