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Madeline Courtney

I'm thrilled to have Madeline take part in the Meet the Author series ft. 20 Questions.

She's incredibly talented, driven and already a published author whose not even 20 years old yet! Crazy, right? Make sure to check out her Twitter, she provides daily motivation, inspiration and hilarity throughout the day about the challenges of being a writer.

Definitely check out her debut novel, Abhorrence and Affection

1. What inspired you to write your debut novel, “Abhorrence & Affection”?

Jane Austen! I was a single woman at the time and obsessed with Pride and Prejudice! I loved it so much I wanted to create my own world in a similar fashion.

2. Why did you choose the path of Self-Publishing?

Traditional publishing takes too long with less rights over my own novel. I prefer to do things myself and keep the story my own.

3. Do you have any advice for other writers looking to pursue Self-Publishing?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not auto tweet. Create a personal relationship with your readers. Also, please take the time to be sure this is the route you want to go and do all your research on self publishing ahead of time 🙂

4. What inspired you to become an author & has it always been your dream?

I’ve always been writing, even as a little girl. In fact, I still have copies of my “novels” from sixth grade. (So embarrassing lol but it’s good to see how far I’ve come). I believe what inspired me to look at writing as a serious career was meeting my favorite authors, P.C and Kristin Cast. They were such lovely, encouraging women. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

5. Where’s your favorite space to write?

Sprawled out on my couch.

6. What are your top 5 must haves for a writing space?

PILLOWS, coffee, peace and quiet, a cat (for petting when stressed about my daily quota), and Twitter (for ranting).

7. How many hours a day do you write?

I try at least half an hour. At the most three to four hours.

8. Are you a Plotter, a Pantser or a Plantser?

PANTSER. Every time I try to plot I get too caught up in the details and never get to actually writing the novel.

9. Because I have a pretty Type-A personality, I’m always curious about other peoples scheduling methods. Do you use a schedule to plan out your life / writing & if so, do you use paper or electronic planning?

I wish. I used to… See, I have a bit of O.C.D. but it’s been hard what with starting my new part time job.

10. What is your favorite part about the writing process?

Actually writing the novel and not worrying about mistakes or grammar errors. Editing is my least favorite part.

11. What is your least favorite part about the writing process?


12. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Three to six months. I have this thing where I go MONTHS without writing a single word and then all of a sudden BOOM! I can’t stop.

13. What’s your biggest internal obstacle in getting your writing done?

Me to me: “Come on, Maddie. You gotta get this chapter finished!”

Also me to me: “But my laptop is all the way over there and I’m so comfy.”

14. What’s your biggest external obstacle in getting your writing done?

GETTING OFF TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. I can tell it’s NOT going to be a good writing day when I get the urge to check my phone the second I sit down at my desk.

15. Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?

OMIGOSH YES. Since I go through writing spouts (see question 12) I get terrible Writer’s Block for no apparent reason. I usually ride it out until I find the idea that sticks and then write that… Only to go through the same thing again as soon as this novel is finished.

16. Does writing energize you or exhaust you?

I’m energized while writing… Afterwards I’m exhausted.

17. Best piece of advice for other writers?

The right idea will choose you, not the other way around. You may have to go through hundreds of ideas before you find it, but its in there somewhere. I promise.

18. What is your Favorite quote about writing?

“You know why I write? Because paper can’t tell me to shut up!” Ksenia Anske

19. Which authors are your biggest inspirations?

P.C and Kristin Cast

V.C Andrews

Jane Austen

20. What are you currently working on now?

I’ve been going through my “Block Phase” as I call it due to my computer crashing. So to stay sane I’ve been writing some fan fiction on the side on my Smart Phone until I can afford to fix my broken laptop.

Connect with Madeline:

Twitter @MaddieCAuthor

*** Click the image to see my review of Abhorrence and Affection. Image courtesy of Goodreads ***


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