The Writing Academy staff wanted to do a “Ten Questions with Awesome Authors” spotlight. We sat down with WA graduate Doctor Tammy Bird to find out a little bit about her life.
Turns out we adored her too much to let her go, so we slipped a couple more questions in.
- When you signed up for the GCLS writing academy, what were you expecting?
I was looking for community. I had an idea and a dream, but I had no idea what to do with either. One night I put “writing classes” in a search engine. The rest is history.
- What is your current writing process?
I used to think I was a pantser, but after writing my first novel, I realize the value of plotting. Now I guess I am a bit of both. I have a stack of story ideas. When I pick one to turn into a short story or novel, I now do a rough outline, arc, and character freewrite. For my current WIP, I actually have a pretty extensive (for me) outline and multiple character sketches.
- Do you prefer ice cream or potato chips?
How can this even be a question? Both. Duh. What is sweet without salty, anyway? (Ed. note -the Writing Academy takes no responsibility for the views expressed by this author. Go chips!)
- Writing-wise, what are you working on now?
I am about 30000 words into a YA coming out meets domestic thriller novel. I was really trying to write something romancy and fun, but my characters had other ideas and now I have a hot mess of hormones and hatred happening. It is great fun!
- Tell us something surprising about you.
Hm. Well, I am a high school dropout with a terminal degree. That usually makes for a great conversation starter.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Honestly, I am not a big travel bug. An Alaskan cruise, maybe. Seeing icebergs as tall as mountains would be breathtaking.
- What book(s) is currently on your nightstand?
There are four: From bottom to top: Eating Life, Beth Burnett; Wicked River, Jenny Milchman; Boy, 9, Missing, Nic Joseph; and Dunne With Editing: A Last Look At Your Manuscript, Nann Dunne.
- You have an upcoming book. Tell us a little bit about it.
It is titled, Sandman. It is a psychological thriller set on Buxton Beach in North Carolina. The idea for the book came from a visit to the OBX a few years ago with my wife. It was October. The beach was quiet. We went into a little ice cream shop. The man behind the counter was super friendly. As we chatted, I said, “It sure is quiet around here in the off season.” To which he replied, “Sure ‘nough. Could bury a body in the dunes and no one would notice.” In my novel, guess where the serial killer is stashing the bodies? Yep. In the dunes. (Ed. note – Buy this awesome book here.)
- What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
If you do not have time to write one thousand words, write one hundred and fifty. One hundred and fifty words per day for one year will produce the rough draft for a novel. I remind myself of this all of the time.
- What were your main takeaways from the GCLS Writing Academy?
Friendships. Connections. And Sandman.
- Is there anything you want us to know that we haven’t asked?
I don’t know of anything in particular other than to say how thankful I am to have stumbled across the writing academy that evening as I looked for opportunities to follow a dream. I didn’t realize how very much I needed GCLS and my writing friends until I had them. Now I cannot imagine my life any other way.
Thank you so much for joining us, Tammy! We look forward to seeing this book in paperback so we can hold it in our hot little hands. In the meantime, we’ve already pre-ordered the Kindle Edition.
If you are interested in pre-ordering Tammy’s book, Sandman, check it out here.