Welcome to my very first blog hop. I’ve never done one before! If I’ve grasped the concept correctly, it is basically a group of people answering the same questions and linking back to each other. In this case the common denominator is that we are all participating in a pitch contest called Like A Virgin.
So here are the questions and my answers! I hope I’m doing this right:
- How do you remember your first kiss?
I don’t remember it. It was in primary school!
- What was your first favorite love song?
Oh, this is a tricky one. As I’m Dutch, I initially never ‘understood’ the lyrics to the music I listened to. Of course I knew some basic English, but lyrics were beyond me. As a kid, my favourite bands were The Beatles and The Beach Boys. They are still among my favourites. 🙂 So for me, lyrics were more like another instrument rather than a text with a message/meaning. In fact, it still takes me a while before I start analysing lyrics. The music takes precedent. To get back to the question, I have a soft spot for love songs that break your heart. A good example is John Lennon’s Mother.
- What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
Trying to find the energy to write. I work fulltime, so free time (and energy) is very, very scarce.
- Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
I have absolutely no clue. I started writing when I was 14, but it had nothing to do with any writer. I wrote my first novel at 20. And I only really started writing last November, when I wrote a complete novel in 9 weeks. But if any writer has influenced my writing, it is Dutch author Tonke Dragt. She is unique in the world.
- Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
Yup. Not too much changed really. Just some wording, mostly. Somehow I managed to produce a pretty good first draft. Don’t ask me how I did it, I’m still flabbergasted myself.
- For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
None of those. (Although I wrote two novels before, I am disregarding those at the moment as they are irrelevant to me) For the Grand Asylum, what came first was the concept: a girl who invents here own world to escape the boredom of the ‘real’ world. My main character came next and then other characters, plot and setting all unrolled while I wrote. No plan there.
- What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
The link code I am supposed to paste here doesn’t work, so check out the other participants and other blog particpants right here!