Today we have Andrea Dana joining me to tell us about her writing process. Thank you for answering a few questions for us, Dana! Let’s get started.
What is your brainstorming process for a new book?
Brainstorming is very spontaneous for me. I have trouble just sitting down and coming up with ideas. Details usually hit me at the most inappropriate times, like while I’m driving. I used to scurry and write down an idea at a red light with an eyeliner pencil and an old receipt, but now I keep a notebook and pen in my purse just for those times.
Can you explain your typical work week day?
I am juggling so many things right now. I’m an on-set tutor and have had a really busy year so far. I also teach piano. I try to write for at least half an hour a day, and if I can’t do that I’m always reading instead.
Tell us about when you made the decision to write?
I always enjoyed writing stories as a child and it was always a dream of mine to write a book. Two girlfriends of mine called me while vacationing in Hawaii and convinced me that it was time to start writing a book after an experience I had working with some child stars. That’s how I ended up writing “StarSitter.”
What suggestions do you have for aspiring writers?
I’d suggest when you are stuck for ideas to dig things out from your own background for story lines. Those are what usually make the best tales. People always think their life is uninteresting but anyone can make a story out of any experience they have.
Tell us about what you’re working on right now and what we can expect from you in the near future.
Right now I’m almost finished the sequel to my first novel. It’s called “StarSitter in Chicago.” It will be out early fall. I am also working on a few screenplays that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time and finally learned how to use the Final Draft software. I also write for a great new company called woman.ca and have a weekly blog that is pop-culture based, every Wednesday at www.sweetspot.ca.
Wow, can’t wait for ‘StarSitter in Chicago’! Thanks again for joining me, Dana. It was great to hear so much about your writing process. We look forward to your future work! Join us next week when Alyson Noel takes the stage and she talks about writing and her new book ‘Blue Moon.’ Thanks for stopping by!
Described as a “favorite” teacher to many students, Andrea Dana left the Toronto Public School Board five years ago to pursue a professional career as a teacher to the stars. Since then she has worked on films such as “Mean Girls,” “Ice Princess,” “The Love Guru,” “Flash of Genius,” “The Perfect Man,” “The Pacifier,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and “The Grudge 2.” Andrea’s longtime dream of being a writer was finally put into motion after being inspired by her real life encounters with “diva” children both in and out of the entertainment industry. She currently resides in Toronto where she is teaching piano and at work on her second novel of the StarSitter trilogy. She is also writing her first screenplay. Look for her new blog at one of Canada’s hottest sites. It’s comparable to NY’s Daily Candy. www.sweetspot.ca Blog goes up every Tuesday.