Writing Rituals and Environments

I’m just curious to know what (if any) writing rituals other writers have.  I don’t exactly have any rituals of my own, although I do like to drink a cup of tea while I write, especially on a rainy day.  Occasionally I’ll listen to music without lyrics when writing with pen and paper, but most of the time I write without music.  That’s partly because I use voice-activated software when I write on the computer but also because of the fact that I prefer a relatively quiet environment when writing.

How about you?

Do you like listening to music when you write?  Or does consuming chocolate help you get the words down?

Is there a particular time of day or night when you feel the most creative or a particular place where you work best?

Book Recommendations

I’ve read several good books lately and thought I’d share a few here on my blog that I particularly enjoyed.  I realized after I came up with this list of books that they are all, coincidentally, indie books.  Just goes to show you that there are many amazing indie authors out there!

Human by Alycia Linwood

This YA paranormal romance novel is about 17-year-old Ariel who arrives late to school one day to find a new (and very good looking) boy in her class.  However, her best friend then tells her that he’s not new and has been going to school with them for ages.  Things get even weirder when Ariel starts having strange visions and she soon becomes aware of the existence of both angels and demons.  When she discovers that her sister is an angel being hunted by demons, Ariel is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means killing a demon who seems so very human and to whom Ariel is becoming increasingly drawn.

You can find a more detailed summary on Amazon.

I couldn’t put this book down.  I got pulled into the story right away and enjoyed it from start to finish.  Great characters and intriguing story!

Super by Mari Stroud

Superheroes! Girls kicking ass! Need I say more? Probably not, but I will.

I really liked the main character, Ophelia, and her girlfriend, Naomi. Not just because they’re strong females, but because they also have substance. Plus, the plot was also enjoyable, with both action and some mystery.

You can find it on Amazon.

The Smallest, Narrowest Places by Derek McPhee

A collection of stories set before, during and after Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  I was drawn into the stories partly because Japan has a special place in my heart but also because the writing is excellent.  A reviewer on Amazon said “The stories themselves are many things – touching, thought provoking, hopeful, terrifying and inspirational.” I’d have to agree!

Also available on Amazon.

Killer Twist by Christina (C.A.) Larmer

Okay, I’m super excited about this one.  I only just discovered Larmer’s work a couple of weeks ago and she’s already made her way onto my list of favourite authors (I’ve read three of her books so far).  Killer Twist is the first Larmer book that I read and I was hooked very early on.  Killer Twist is the first in a series of mysteries called the Ghostwriter Mysteries.  The main character, Roxy Parker, is a ghostwriter living in Sydney, Australia.  She’s hired to write the life story of a department store heiress who says she has a secret to reveal. But before she can tell Roxy what that secret is, she ends up dead.  Although the death is labeled as a suicide, Roxy doesn’t believe that for a moment and sets out to solve the woman’s murder on her own.

I didn’t want to put this book down for a second and as soon as I was finished I had to race to buy the second in the series.  I’m trying to wait patiently for the third book to be published but it isn’t easy.  I’m most definitely hooked on the series!

You can find out more about Killer Twist on Amazon and the e-book is currently free!