Hello friends, welcome to another walkabout with an author. Today, I’ll be speaking with Saxon Hawke. She’s a mom, a wife, and a lover of making words. To be more specific, she loves to make words about people falling in love and trying to find their “happily ever after.” She believes that love is love, and it can be found anywhere and by anyone.
Her very first novella, Candy Canes and Coffee Beans, will be released on December 18th from MLR Press.
CC: How do you write?
SH:I know some people use notebooks, flow charts, idea boards, and other planny things when they plan out their stories. I’ve tried, but that just doesn’t work for me. I create most of it in my head. Its like there’s a little kernel that takes root in my mind and it continues to grow there. I’ll make notes of situations or lines, mostly on my phone, as its pretty much glued to my hand. But it’s not until it’s ripe and ready to harvest can I sit down at the computer to write
CC: Where do you write?
SH: I tend to split my time between writing at Starbucks and at home in my office. Since I’m a housewife/stay at home mom, responsibilities tend to creep in when I’m at home. I can see all that needs to be done out of the corner of my eye. So when that gets too much I’ll head out to grab a table and a coffee. Writing at Starbucks has its own distractions, however. I have a hard time tuning out what’s going on around me, and if you’ve ever sat at a coffee house, you’ll know how many conversations are going on around you. I need to pop my earbuds in and drown everyone out with music.
CC: Why do you write?
SH: I love characters. I always have. They start out as a name, maybe with a job, and a rough physical description. Very soon, however, these two dimensional characters start to live and breathe, making decisions on their own on how they’d react, or what they’d do. I find it’s such a rush when they reach that point. Knowing that I created people that would never be known if I hadn’t started to write is just mind blowing to me. Who wouldn’t want to give life to wonderful (and not so wonderful) people?
CC: Where do you get your ideas?
SH: So many of my ideas come from real life. Let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t make that stuff up. I have a wonderfully weird and unique family that gives me so much material, and hilarious situations tend to find me.
CC: Have you written characters that are someone you know?
SH: Most of my characters have bits and pieces of people I know. I tend to gravitate towards “interesting” people, so they are just a wealth of inspiration. But as for a single character? I have a WIP, a m/f romance story, where the female MC is very much modeled on myself – my insecurities, my hopes, and even a past job. My hubby said he felt strange reading it as he saw almost too much of me in her. I had thought writing about myself would be easy, because hey, I’m right here! But it turned out to be one of the hardest things to do. I think that’s why it’s not finished…yet.
Thank you Saxon, for taking the time out today to share how you write and your life. I think coffeeshops have different energy, sometimes I can’t even think sitting in one, and then write 6,ooo words in another. It’s just what feels right. Learn more about Saxon Hawke at her social media destinations.
Come back next week, when I talk to Mann Ramblings about what gets them to write.