tyne o'connell
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Tyne O'Connell, author of That Girl-Boy Thing and numerous other titles talks about her writing.

What inspires you to write?
My inability to do anything else - that and the cold hard fact that a girl needs to turn a dime...or is that diamond?

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

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what is it?
Wherever I am in the world I wake up, get dressed run down to my local Starbucks for my four shots of espresso and then I glue myself to my laptop for 4 to 6 hours straight. I try to avoid doing anything else during the day including eating, that way I can party at night with a clear conscience.

Has your life changed since you became a novelist?
I am more focused.

How do you cure writer's block?
I stick to my routine of four shots of espresso and glue myself to my laptop - sometimes what I write might be crap but eventually ideas and inspiration start to flow. The main thing is live hard and write even harder.

Who is your favourite author?
Nancy Mitford

What are you reading at the moment?
My overdraft statement and Dating without Novocain by Lisa Cach.

What's the biggest myth about being a writer?
You get to afford more shoes.

What advice would you give budding authors?
Live a lot, live it large then buy a laptop, take it everywhere and write everyday.

What can readers expect from you in the future?
A sitcom.