Today we have Phoebe Chase joining us to talk about their NaNoWriMo experience and how it’s affected her writing career.
1) How many years have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is my third attempt. Note I said attempt.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about this year’s project?
I’m technically cheating but revising and expanding a 30K novella into a single-title length book. So I need to do revisions and add 50K words. It’s erotic fiction centered around a bad boy biker with a tragic past and a photographer from a wealthy family.
3) Has Nano lead you to getting something published, either self-published or traditional/small press?
Not yet, but it spurs me to put all my ideas down and pursuit publishing.
4) How did you get started with Nano? Watching other writers talk about it on social media. I wanted to join in the chaos and I enjoy a good challenge.
5) Have you ‘won’ NaNo every year you’ve participated? Not only have I not won, my first two attempts resulted in goose eggs.
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?
The first year I wanted to do it I broke my ankle right around when it started. And last year I had some family stuff going on and I couldn’t devote the time and effort it needed. I’m hoping third time is the charm!
7) What’s your advice for aspiring authors who participate in NaNo?
Don’t sweat the days it’s harder to get words out than others. Everyone has their own process.
8) What advice do you have for those who struggle towards the 50k mark?
One word at a time. And if at the end of November you don’t have 50K words, there’s a huge market for digital novellas or, at the very least, you have a good foundation to build upon.
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.
Oh boy, where do I start? I’m a full-time working mother of three that is desperate to get out of a cubicle. On a whim I decided to try and pen a story when I saw an open call for submissions to a holiday anthology for a digital press. Now I’m trying to get a writing career off the ground.
10) What is your upcoming work?
I have a category novel for Ellora’s Cave that is currently in the editing phase. It’s a series with two other co-authors, Alexandra Webb and Mia Bishop, that puts a modern spin on fairy tales. My story, Twisted Temptation, is a new version of Aladdin.
11) Where do you see yourself as an author in the next 5 years?
Out of the cubicle!
12) Please, tell us where we can learn more about you!
On Facebook: Phoebe Chase and my Twitter handle is @Phoebe_Chase.