A Day in the Life of.....
Heather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she much preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab. She is forever trying to wrangle her left and right brain to work together (some days with more success than others!), but if her two sides had to duke it out, left would win every time—which can be a creative challenge. Luckily, she loves challenges…she just goes about solving them analytically.
Heather lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat. She sincerely hopes you find her stories have just the right chemistry…
Heather’s second novel, SWEET DECEPTION, hits stores August 7th
Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love—and every life—is at risk.
Good morning, and thank you, Aislynn, for having me here today!
As I’m sure many of this blog’s savvy readers now know, the oft imagined life of a writer is much more glamorous than it actually is. However, I am here to tell you that the life of a writer with small children at home is not only un-glamorous, but is most times sheer chaos!
Allow me to illuminate…
4:30 a.m. Alarm goes off. Yes, at this ungodly hour. Because this “naturally a night owl” author has finally accepted the fact that after a day of chasing, snuggling, feeding, diapering, kissing boo-boos, more diapering, more feeding, art projects, foiling tantrums and breaking up toy squabbles, rescuing baby from big-brother’s exuberant loving, cleaning up after said baby and big-brother (not to mention cat and daddy), bathing, reading stories and singing “just one more” bedtime song, one is entirely too exhausted, both mentally and physically, to even think about being creative.
If I want to get anything done, I have to try to do it before the family stirs. Because God forbid the boys ever actually nap at the same time. And if that miracle ever did happen? I’d want to nap with them.
4:40-5:00 Trudge into my office. Though I’ve resolved not to hit snooze (as I need all of the writing time I can get), I have done so at least once, if not twice, depending on how many times the baby was up in the night. Think about getting coffee or tea, but since I’m a “I’d like a little coffee to go with my cream and sugar” kind of drinker, I talk myself out of it. Most days. Some days, I can’t live without at least one cup.
5:00-5:10 Sit and soak up the lovely atmosphere of my office, hoping for some inspiration. The darling husband gifted me with a budget and free reign to create my own historical romance author office space when I sold my first book, (My hero!), and this is what I came up with.
5:15 a.m. The Heir, recently turned 4, pops his head into my office. I inwardly groan…I haven’t made it past checking my e-mail and calendar yet. I resist the urge to cry, “What in the world are you doing up at this hour!?!? You’re supposed to be asleep for at least another two hours!” and instead say, “Hey, bug…what’s up?” as he climbs into my lap. He wraps his little arms around me and replies “Mommy, I saw a little bit of light,” and I curse the cat, who pushed my office door open a few minutes ago in search of attention, spilling light into the hallway. Resolve to lock the office door tomorrow morning and pray that the indignant meows that will ensue don’t wake the children early then.
Still, these quiet snuggle moments don’t come often, and I remind myself that one day, I’ll be begging the boy to snuggle with me, so we cuddle in and talk about 4 year old things until The Spare’s cries are heard from his crib.
The Heir and I go into the nursery and pick up the Spare, who celebrated his first birthday this month. Then our day begins (all of those exhausting things I mentioned in the 4:30 a.m. slot, along with running errands, grocery shopping, taking the Heir to gymnastics/soccer/t-ball/insert seasonal sport, and continues in this vein until dear husband gets home from work. Then it’s dinner, and a trip to the neighborhood pool or park, after which we come home and the hubby and I divide and conquer, until we get the boys into their beds.
Sometimes I’m able to squeeze in some writing (and all of the promotional stuff that goes with it) into that day, sometimes not. Depending on how close I am to my deadline, I may have to stay up and get the time in that was snatched from me this morning.
Either way, the alarm will go off at 4:30am tomorrow, and I’ll try again.
I’d be happy to give away a copy of my debut, SWEET ENEMY, to a reader today. Just tell me in the comments, are you a night owl or a morning person? Is there anything in the world that would make you get up at 4:30 a.m. (if you are a night owl) or stay up past 10 (if you are a morning person)?
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Must be 16 yrs or older.
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Beakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when a lady chemist goes undercover as a husband-hunter at a country house party to investigate the earl whose family she suspects of murdering her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…