What do you know, it's Friday and I have a sweet treat to kick off your weekend! Monica B.W. recently has a new addition to her life...an AGENT! And she has stopped by to answer some of the burning questions those of us lacking the illustrious agent have.
DB: I see you write paranormal/fantasy (I love it!), where do you get your ideas?
DB: Likewise! I'm thrilled to have you:)
MBW: Hmm, so where do I get my ideas from? I’ve always loved paranormal things like ghosts and mysterious orbs appearing in pictures and parallel universes, etc. So I guess my ideas come from my obsession about these things. To tell you the truth, I once spent like 6 months trying to have an out-of-body experience…but failed miserably, lol. So there. I’m a little crazy and obsessed!
DB: Now that is a killer interview in and of itself!
How do you go about plotting your novels? Or are you just a write it first kind of gal?
MBW: I have a very unusual way of plotting. I talk about the outline with my hubby—and usually it ends up being a long-winded monologue that only I understand. But talking about my book with somebody else makes me come up with ideas. And then, when I start writing, I pretty much know where things are going.
DB: Aww, your hubby is your sounding board...so romantic:)
I love Elana Johnson’s book, ‘From the Query to the Call’. How long was that journey for you?
My journey wasn’t that traditional since I didn’t get my agent through a query letter. It was through a contest in which 13 agents read the first pages of some mss, and they picked some to read more. And I got picked! (Squee!)
DB: Ooo, I didn't know that. How cool!
Can you tell us what your agent has of yours that he/she is trying to get published?
MBW: I signed with my agent just a few months ago, so I’m not on submission yet. But the good news is that we’re going out with a manuscript soon!
And guess what this YA ms is about… yeah, you’re right! About out-of-body experiences. :)
DB: Can't wait to get my fingers on that one!
Do you have anything new on the works?
MBW: Umm… it depends on what you mean by new. I’m rewriting a novel from scratch. This is the ms I queried like a year ago, got some requests but in the end nothing happened. And now that I’ve let it simmer, I think I know what was wrong with it. But I still love the idea and I want it to work! Crossing my fingers that it will now.
DB: Good luck on it!
What is something fun about you that we just have to know?
MBW: About 11 years ago, my boyfriend and I went to India. And we decided to get married there. So one hot afternoon, we went to look for a brahmin to officiate the wedding. And when we found him, he said that in India, you couldn't marry any day. You had auspicious dates depending of whom you marry. And he picked the most auspicious day for us. And it was THE NEXT DAY!! So we had to prepare our wedding in less than 24 hours! We ran around looking for a beautiful sari for me and for toe-rings and rice and clothing for my boyfriend and many other things. It was crazy! But in the end, it was really fun, and we got married there, and just a few friends attended the ceremony.
DB: That is some serious getting married in style:)
Monica it has been a blast rehashing your journey to getting an agent. I look forward to seeing your books on shelves in the future!
Haven't had enough of Monica yet? Check out her super addictive blog, Love YA.
Until next time...
Keep writing. Keep learning.