janet evanovich
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The wittiest lady in crime fiction tells us about her writing routine.

1. What inspires you to write?
My mortgage.

2. How long does it take you to write a novel?
6 months

3. Do you have a writing routine? If so, what is it?
I get up every morning and write until 5 PM. I treat it no differently than any other 9-5 job... except I usually work 7 days a week.

4. Has your life changed since you became a novelist?
There's a lot more stress and a lot less free time. Fortunately, there's also a lot more money and I love making people laugh.

5. How do you cure writer's block?
I don't believe in writer's block. Write something, even if it's only one sentence.

6. What is your all-time desert island book?
I love Barbara Parks and I love The Berenstains

7. What are you reading at the moment?
Betty and Veronica

8. What's the biggest myth about being a writer?
That we write when inspiration strikes us

9. What advice would you give budding authors?
Don't keep re-writing chapter one. Write the entire book and then go back and re-write. I would also suggest joining RWA or Sisters in Crime, no matter what genre you want to write in or what sex you are.

10. What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hopefully a few laughs and a feel good experience.