Today, Livia Blackburne joins me to talk about POISON DANCE, her newest release. Enjoy!
1.When did you start writing?
I did a lot of writing in high school, but I became too busy in
college, and finally took it up again halfway through grad school.
2. Are you a pantser or a planner?
I’m a planner. I’ve tried to pants, but then I get all freaked out
with the uncertainty and have to start planning again.
3. Can you give us an idea of your writing process?
I do a lot of pre-writing that includes sketching out rough scenes
really quickly using voice-recognition software, as well as writing
out character biographies and brainstorming. When have a rough idea of
where the entire story is going to go, maybe about half the scenes
have been really quickly drafted by then, I start from the beginning
and do a real first draft. I have a critique group that reads my
chapters as I write them. After that, it’s as many revisions as
4. Which authors have influenced your work?
Tamara Pierce is a big one. Also, I spent a lot of time analyzing
Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins.
My newest release is my novella Poison Dance, which is related to
Midnight Thief. And of course, Midnight Thief comes out in July.
6. Any tips for new writers?
Find critique partners that you trust. Don’t be afraid to get feedback
on your work.
7. Any tips for old writers?
Don’t forget to do regular stretches! Sitting for hours is bad for you!