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Mónica on Writing
- I've written ten books, and so far only one has seen the light of day (actually, will see it on Oct. 20th 2015).
- My favorite type of scene to write is any romantic scene with lots of tension!
- No matter how long I've been writing, I still have issues with the first paragraph. First paragraphs drive me crazy. I need to write them like twenty times from scratch, since I get super nervous starting a book.
- A typical comment from my critique partner is “:)” or “??” or “I like this! But how about [this other thing] instead?”
- The book I wished I wrote is hmm, okay, I’d say something really emotional and literary, but then, I kind of love how my kids are crazy about Harry Potter. So I’ll go with that.
- If my agent really knew how crazy I was, she would find out that sometimes I dream about my characters as if they were real people.
- When I was querying, I felt like… Aaaah!!! Seriously. I kind of wanted to scream all the time. I was obsessed revising my email, feeling hopeless and hopeful at the same time.
- The biggest mistake I ever made querying was calling former agent Nathan Bransford “Ms. Bransford.” Bwhahaha! I felt so embarrassed when I realized my mistake that I’ll never forget it.
- The craziest thought I've ever had while writing is I could totally write two books at the same time. Yeah, right.
- When I got "The Call," my first thought was actually, my call wasn’t like that. Since I live in Chile, it was an email to schedule a Skype call. But I think I cried with that email. And now, I’m happy it was an email only—otherwise, I would’ve cried during The Call.
- When I saw my book sale in Publishers Marketplace, I think I cried, too. Yeah, I cry a lot when I’m happy.
- If I weren't a writer, I'd probably be a businesswoman. Something to do with economics maybe? I know, it might sound a bit boring, but I love economics.
- Secretly, I'm terrified of tunnels. And underground parking lots.
- My secret girlfriend/boyfriend is they change. They’re usually main characters of the book I’m reading. All look a little like Channing Tatum in my mind, though.
- Sometimes, when no one is around, I put Latin music loud and dance and sing along.