August 20, 2013

blog swap with Caroline Fardig

Blogger's Note: Today, I'm trading places with Caroline Fardig, author of It's Just a Little Crush. That means I'm over on her blog, for the day, and she's here at Change the Word. For our swap, we asked each other covering our writing styles, characters and other books we've read -- and then we had to answer them for ourselves. I hope you enjoy getting to know Caroline as much as I have, and please show her some love as she takes over for the day.

What's one thing you have to have (i.e. music, socks, juice, silence, etc.) when you sit down to write?
When actually sitting down to write…it’s silence. However, when I’m doing my initial plot construction in my head (also known as daydreaming), I’ve gotta have some music.

You're stranded on a desert island and can't take an e-reader. What three books do you take with you?
Aside from Boatbuilding for Dummies, I’d have to take Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (for the portrayal of unconditional love), Bridget Jones’s Diary (for a laugh), and The Great Gatsby (for the drama and romance). I realize that these titles are also all movies, and if this question were about movies instead, these three would certainly not be my choices.

What literary character would you like to have as your best friend?
Trixie Belden, but only if I were a kid again. Now it would just be weird.

What literary character do you find most crushable?
I know, as women, we’re supposed to say “Mr. Darcy” here, but I always thought he was a pompous jerk. I like Joe Morelli from the Stephanie Plum series. He’s hot, he’s dependable, and… did I mention he’s hot?

What's the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to develop a thick skin! You pour your heart and soul (and untold hours of your time) into writing a novel, and it becomes your baby. Then, you put it out there for people to read or for agents/publishers to consider, and they tell you that your beloved “baby” is not good enough.  You have to brush it off and keep trying, because you’ll never make it if you quit.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get over it?
Yes, I do. And to get over it, I just walk away.  If you try to force it when you’re not feeling it, your writing will show it. I go back to my plot construction/daydreaming with music and see where my mind will take me.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Yes, always. You’ll have a totally different perspective when you come back to it, and you might have worked out all the kinks subconsciously in the meantime.

Who is your least favorite character in your book? What makes him/her unappealing to you?
I don’t like one of my secondary characters, Jed Stewart. His wife is murdered, and he doesn’t even act like he cares.  On top of it all, he’s a cheater and a womanizer, and totally not worth any woman’s time. And that’s exactly how I intended him to be.

What would your main character think about you if you met in real life? Would he or she want to hang out with you?
I certainly hope Lizzie Hart would want to hang out with me! She’s fun-loving and hilarious, and I’m pretty sure I could get her to laugh. My life might be a little too boring for her, though.

What sort of Starbucks coffee would your characters order? 
Lizzie is easy, because she’s addicted to coffee (too many late nights make it a necessity) and tells us that her favorite is a Caramel Macchiato—sweet but complex.  Blake strikes me as a Caffè Americano type—manly but refined. Julia (Lizzie’s best friend) would order a Cinnamon Dolce Latte—she’s super sweet. Bethany (Lizzie’s frenemy) would order a Skinny Hazelnut Frappuccino—heavy on the “nut” part.

About the Author
Caroline Fardig was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has completed her first novel, It’s Just a Little Crush, and is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Connect with Caroline
Twitter: @carolinefardig

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog swap, ladies. Glad to see that neither of you went for the standard answer of "Mr. Darcy" for most crushable literary dude! Gotta go beyond the go-to answer! :)