Today I'm highlighting Tish Thawer! Tish and I met at the Nashville airport waiting on a shuttle to our Utopia 2016 convention hotel! Tish is a wonderful warm person and amazing writer! Here is what she has to say about NaNo!
I was so surprised when Tricia asked me to write a little something about my Nano experience, and that led me straight to my truth. I surprise myself every year. Not because I blast through Nano, claiming those 50,000 words in a record amount of time, no, but because every year, Nano is nothing more than a whim that I haven’t thought about for the last 335 days. When November 30th hits, Nano is a magical, glitter-filled bubble that pops and disintegrates, or at least it is for me. Then, the following November 1st rolls around and it’s like your sweet, old neighbor who jumps out and yells surprise at your birthday party, reminding you that she’ll always be there for the important things. I’ve been a Nano member for six years, and every single novel I’ve worked on has become one of my published works (not counting the manuscript currently being shopped to New York by my agents...fingers crossed my streak will stand.) Every year, I’m surprised by how motivated I become because of Nano, by how those little badges offer such fun incentives, and by how keeping up-to-date on my word count and sharing it with friends is just the thing I need to get excited about writing again after a year of edits, rewrites, and marketing for my previous releases.
Winning or losing, Nano plays an important role in my publishing schedule every year. From my second published novel, Blood of a Red Rose, to my recent release, Dark Abigail, I’ve used Nano to hit a goal that may have otherwise been slid to the backburner for another couple of months––especially during the holiday season. This year I’m working on my highly anticipated sequel,The Daughters of Maine (book #2 in the Witches of BlackBrook trilogy), and I’m now so engrossed in the magic and mood of this story, I can’t wait to finish it, reveal the cover, and share it with you all. And that is magic of Nano.
I’m not the type of person who likes surprises, but Nano is one that I’ll happily welcome again and again. (Insert the oxymoron = a repeatable surprise.)
To find out more about Tish and her book you can visit her website at: www.tishthawer.com!
All the best,