MFF#6: Banished by Cristena Rehn
Cristina is a fantastic writer I met through Writer's Village University's F2K program, a free six-week writing workshop. For more information about it, click HERE.
Have a seat, Cristina and tell us what you do when you're not writing.
Your blog is called Quiet Content. I've heard rumors that you are a lover of quiet, as is the rest of your family. So am I, but with three kids at my house, it's a rare commodity. Is quiet something you've had to work hard at maintaining, or are you all naturally inclined toward silence?
What genres of books do you enjoy reading, and which works/authors have inspired your writing?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you've participated in NaNoWriMo. It seems like every writer but me has done it. Can you tell those of us who haven't heard of it or haven't participated, exactly what that is and what you like/dislike about it?
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I liked the challenge of a goal that forced me to keep writing even when inspiration waned. It’s also a great opportunity to interact with other writers, with its “We’re all in it together” vibe. People across the world participate, and although I didn’t attend any, many places set-up local in-person write-ins to meet and work with others in your locale. My daughter participated with me in the Young Writer’s Program, where she could set her own word count. She’s nine and she ended up with a 5,000 word story, dictated to typist Mom.
The hardest part for me was not editing as I wrote. I tend to churn out a few chapters, then spend some time editing what I’ve written before moving on to the next part of the story. You can’t afford to do that when you’re doing NaNo, if you want to make your goal. Another challenge was that my family supported me until the reality of the benign neglect of them that NaNo requires hit. Support waned rapidly by the second week of November.
Are you working on any novels/stories now, and can you tell us about them?
Don't look now, but here's a random question: What's the best costume you've ever worn?
Finally, would you like to share an excerpt from one of your projects?
Thanks so much for stopping in, Cristena! I wish you the best of luck in all your writing goals!
Cristina Rehn lives in Upstate NY with her husband, daughter and mother. A full-time job, a full-time family and two demanding cats don't leave much time for writing, so it's still a hobby. She hopes someday she'll shine and polish up something enough to be published, but for now she just enjoys learning from other writers about both the craft and the business. Her hobbies are writing and reading, and eking out as much solitude and silence as she can to do both. Her daughter banished her from birthday parties years ago.