Today we have Mia Bishop joining us to talk about their NaNoWriMo experience and how it’s affected her writing career! Please give her a warm welcome!
1) How many years have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is my third year doing NaNo. Now that I've done it for three years, I can't imagine not doing it.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about this year’s project?
This year I am doing a Steampunk Erotica focusing on a BDSM relationship.
3) Has Nano led you to getting something published, either self-published or traditional/small press?
Yep! I am self-publishing my NaNo project from last year, it will be released November 14th. I figure it is kind of fitting to release it in the same month as NaNo since that is when it was written.
4) How did you get started with Nano?
*points at Amy* You are to blame for it. I had never even heard of NaNoWriMo until Amy posted a link for me to check out, that was three years ago.
5) Have you ‘won’ NaNo every year you’ve participated?
Luckily (and only by the skin of my teeth) I have won every year I have participated. It's a miracle, really.
6) If you haven’t won every year, can you tell us why you think it failed? If you won every year, will you tell us your strategy?
My strategy for winning is this fantastic formula: Start strong, stay focused for about a week, then get overwhelmed by life and the family shenanigans, get behind in the word count, every day it slips further and further out of reach, say I'm giving up, don't look at my writing for the entire week of Thanksgiving, and then no matter how many days are left after turkey day I steel my resolve, plant my ass in the chair and pound out 10-15k before the 30th. December 1st I self-medicate with chocolate and a week of sleep.
I really don't recommend this strategy, it works but it's not pretty. This year I'm going to work extra hard at keeping family stress to a minimum so that I don't have to complete that vicious cycle again.
7) What’s your advice for aspiring authors who participate in NaNo?
Try not to get overwhelmed, the only pressure you are under is the pressure you put on yourself. And save the editing for December!
8) What advice do you have for those who struggle towards the 50k mark?
Never give up. Yes some days it is really hard to reach the 1,667 words you need to stay on track, and if you fall short then just try, try again. Some days you might bust out 4k in one sitting, other days you are going to struggle to get out 500 words. Just keep going. Also sometimes it is easier to get to your daily goal by breaking up your writing sessions or to run sprints or word wars with other NaNo'ers, it give you a little kick in the butt if you are on a 20 sprint and want to make sure you get more words than the person you are warring with.
Now that we’ve got the NaNo questions out of the way, let’s get to know you a little more.
9) Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a mom, a wife, a chauffeur, a dog walker, a nerdgirl, and a writer. Now that my children are a little bit older I can put more focus into my dreams of being a full time writer instead of just a dabbler in fantasy.
10) What is your upcoming work?
Besides my Steampunk NaNo project this year I also have a NaNo project I am working on with Alexandra Webb, and I have my book release for Waking Up In Bedlam this month. Alexandra and I are also working on an anthology for post-apocalyptic erotica stories and about ten other things in my WIP folder. I also have an erotica story that is a new take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood called Twisted Revenge, it is the first book in a multi-author series with Ellora's Cave which is currently in edits, so I'm very excited about all of my upcoming works.
11) Where do you see yourself as an author in the next 5 years?
Successful. Bottom line, in five years I see myself doing the best I can and still happily writing. To me that is success. Oh and living in a converted old Monastery in Umbria, Italy would be great too.
12) Please, tell us where we can learn more about you!
You can visit my blog: miabishop.wordpress.com
Follow me on Twitter @MiaBishop
And I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Bishop/142010705967424
I am also a contributing author at The Self-Publishing Experiment (http://theselfpublishingexperiment.blogspot.com/) and at the Twisted Tales Blog (http://wickedlytwistedtales.blogspot.com )