You seem to stay really busy. How do you keep yourself organized?
Google Calendar! Gmail Labels! I do keep a very active to-do list and synch it with my phone at all times and I also hold myself to a regular schedule of writing and time for my non writing clients. I find by allocating time for different tasks, it's much easier to plow through the work!
Who do you consider to be your literary influences and/or idols?
I LOVE Norman Maclean who wrote A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, which is my favorite novel. It's haunting beautiful and says so much about the human experience and how we interact with other people. I also consider Emily Giffin very influential because her fiction turned me onto writing fiction in the first place. Of course, Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was a huge source of inspiration for my novel THE MOCKINGBIRDS, and I also owe an enormous debt to writers like John Knowles and Robert Cormier.
What do you do to tap into your creative side?
Walk my dog! Yep. I walk her every morning and I don't bring my phone or iPod so I find that quiet time with my thoughts away from the noise of electronics lets me focus on whatever scenes I am working on at the time and also on bigger ideas for the next book and then the next one! I also have a notebook near me at most times so I can jot down ideas as they come and I have a writing app on my smartphone for the same reason. But at the end of the day, the best way to tap into your creative side is just to get your butt in the chair and write!
What response do you hope readers will have to The MOCKINGBIRDS?
I hope they enjoy it, share it with their friends and believe in the power of speaking up, taking a stand and supporting their friends.
What advice could you give to someone wanting to speak out about a difficult experience in his/her life?
I would say that healing often comes through talking about difficult experiences - whether to a parent, a friend, a counselor or a teacher.
By day, Daisy Whitney is a producer, on-air correspondent, podcaster and raconteur in the new media business. At night, she writes novels for teens. As a reporter, Daisy covers new media for NBC’s KNTV, ABCNews.com, Beet.TV, MediaPost and others. She is one of the first journalists to launch her own online newscast that covers the business of Internet video – the New Media Minute. Her work is regularly read and watched by executives across the television, cable, advertising and Internet businesses. She also hosts the top-ranked iTunes audio podcast "This Week in Media.” She LOVES talking about books, shoes, chocolate chip cookies and the world’s most amazing dog, who happens to be named for a flower too, Violet (Daisy’s dog).
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