Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Tour Author Guest Post: Isobel Carr

My life as a writer . . . I wish I had glamorous tales to tell, but writing, simply put, is hard work. I have a day job as an international trade consultant (which sounds glamorous, but let me assure you, isn’t), so I only get to write at night (when I’m not brain dead) and on the weekends.

I read on BART going to and from work (because I can’t write on the train; I’m sure someone else could make fantastic use of those 20 minutes, but alas, I am not that someone). Usually non-fiction or fiction outside the historical romance genre (my TBR of historical romance is frightening at the moment, because I just can’t read it while I’m writing). I jot down ideas as they come to me, noodle about with the next scene while walking to and from the office and showering (the shower is like a Tardis for the imagination). Basically, I live and breathe the books.

But when you put aside the fact that I haven’t had a day off in ages, I love it. I love the process of putting words on a page. I love seeing what happens as the story progresses (yes, I’m a pantser). And I absolutely adore getting to share the stories n my head with other people. That’s the BEST part! I wrote for several years before I finaled in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and subsequently sold. Albeit, I wrote at a less hectic pace (a book a year rather than two), but I’d still be writing, even I’d never sold. It’s a compulsion. I don’t want to sound crazy, but I have to get the voices out of my head, and purging them onto paper is the best method I’ve found.

So there it is: Me, a computer, endless cups of tea, and a dog who doesn’t understand why I keep staring that the flickering box when we could be at the park. Glamour central in yoga pants. 

ISOBEL CARR is single, child-free, and a committed "dog person" (the bigger the dog the better). She has taught creative writing, horseback riding, and seminars on historical costuming. She can start a fire without matches and hitch a team of horses to a wagon. She can also spend nine hours in a Victorian corset without a problem but can't wear heels for more than four hours. She laughed all the way through every episode of Colonial House, and if she could only watch one movie for the rest of her life, it would be Impromptu.

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