Blog Tour: 'Meet Me In Manhattan' by Claudia Carroll

by - November 15, 2015

Today, at A Novel Thought, we are celebrating Claudia Carroll's novel, Meet Me In Manhattan. Published by Avon Books, the e-book was released on 5th November and the paperback is due out on 3rd December!!

I am excited to share this piece with you from Claudia herself on her writing habits. Whenever we try to let our creative juices flow, we all have our own little tricks and habits, our ideal locations and little quirks. I always love to hear about other people's inspirational pick me-ups - it helps you feel like you're not the only crazy one out there! Haha.. I hope you enjoy finding out about Claudia's habits... and don't forget to check out her novel Meet Me In Manhattan!!

Do you have any writing habits/superstitions/traditions? Where do you like to write?

Well, my house is generally freezing, even with the heat on, so I tend to work in whatever room is warmest. Generally at the kitchen table, though I often take the laptop up to bed with a mug of tea and work there, electric blanket up full. Just like an old lady.

Every author is different, but my little habit is to keep the writing day as close to a nine to five job as possible. Easier said than done though…trouble is, when I’m writing from home, there can just be so many other distractions. Even as I’m typing this, I’m looking at a big mound of ironing, just winking at me to be done.

I constantly have to remind myself that when I’m writing I’m working, just as if I was based in an office or business setting, so I try my best not to take calls, answer emails from pals or surf the net. Believe me though, this took a long, long time to get used to! Soon enough though, my family and friends slowly copped on not to call during the day.

So I suppose here’s a little tip to would be authors who may be reading this; just ignore the door, put the phone on silent, don’t go online and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll get done. Really. My mother is by a mile the worst ‘time bandit’ offender, but then she thinks I spend all day every day daydreaming out the window and that books appear on shelves by magic!

Having said all that though, being a full-time author really is the single best job in the world. I’m incredibly lucky and still pinching myself that I can do it full-time now. Imagine a job where you can haul yourself out of bed and bed ‘in work’ five minutes later? What’s not to love?


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