If we’re lucky, our lives are full of people who make us both laugh and think. They may be our family members, friends, colleagues or next-door neighbors.
Or, for those of us who spend time in the blogosphere, they may be other writers we might never have had the pleasure of knowing without the internet.
Today, we’re spending some time with Terri Sonoda, a woman whose words have brightened many of my days since I stumbled into her Little Corner. I hope you’ll join me in taking some time to get to know Terri. Once you’ve read her interview, please take the time to visit her blog and check out her fiction saga, “Sara’s Sleep.” You won’t be sorry!
- 1. If some fool (like me), asked you to describe yourself in 200 words or less, what would you tell them? After, of course, you were finished kicking their butt for putting you on the spot like that.
Anyone who has read my blog knows I enjoy talking about myself, however mundane. I manage to find humor in most everything. I consider that a gift, not a curse. I’ve always been writing in some context, but only took it seriously in the last 1.5 years or so. Writing makes my world interesting, colorful and worthwhile. Otherwise, I work and study and watch TV. Pretty boring. And? I’m underwhelmed about today’s Super Bowl, but have high hopes for the commercials.
- Tell us a bit about your writing – either works in progress or finished pieces. Where can we find your fiction?
I’ve only been published for three short stories in someone else’s book, but it was an honor. During this past NaNoWriMo, I completed my first novel and am currently in the editing process while working on my second novel. I can’t seem to stop the madness. I love it. At this point, you can only find my fiction on my blog. Currently, I’m running a Sunday continuing saga called, “Sara’s Sleep”. It’s getting some good reviews so far. Come on by and check it out!
- How long have you been writing, and what inspires you?
A year and a half. I’m inspired by so many things, but for purposes of this interview, I’ll just say words. Words get me all excited and when I read someone who can ‘turn a phrase’ with finesse, I am in awe and totally inspired.
- Tell us a bit about your blog. How long have you been blogging, and what inspired you to get started? What motivates you to keep your blog going, and how do you come up with ideas?
I’ve been blogging since August 2010. My blog is named Terri’s Little Corner and it’s a culmination of humor and fiction, with some raw, honest moments thrown in from my lack of self-control. Again, I love talking about myself. Annoying at times, but true. I never have a problem coming up with ideas. I am an “idea” woman, in business and in writing
- What advice would you offer to new writers and/or bloggers?
Most people would tell an aspiring writer/blogger to have a common theme and stick to it. “Write what you know” and all that crap. I don’t believe that for a minute. Variety is what life is all about, and it’s what keeps me interested and motivated. Sure, employ a theme, if you must, but make sure to throw in a bit of whimsy and/or random thoughts into your blog. It’s freeing. And? People love to read that stuff.
- What are your preferred surroundings when writing? Do you need silence or background noise, changes of scenery or a special room or area at home? What helps you kick writer’s block to the curb?
I have two spots that I enjoy when writing. One is at home in my easy chair in the corner of my living room…laptop, coffee, snacks and TV on in the background. The other favorite spot is a booth in any coffee shop. I love to people-watch while I write.
As for Writer’s Block, I stop writing when I come down with this affliction. I give it a day or so, and I try not to think about it. Of course, that’s not easy, as I soon go into withdrawals and have to return to the scene of the crime (of not writing). It eventually works itself to my favor, though. My problem lies with patience, or the lack thereof.
- One of the things that keeps me coming back to your blog is that even when dealing with tough stuff, your words always make me smile. Usually, I truly do “LOL” when reading your posts. What helps you keep looking at the lighter side of life?
Ah this question is near and dear to my heart! I am 58 years old and have experienced many lifetimes, lived all over the world, been stricken with severe grief and hardships, and conversely, lived an amazingly happy life. I’ve had it all, so to speak. I’ve been well-off financially, and then flat-broke. I’ve seen the goodness and the ugliness of the world. I choose to look at life with satisfaction and amusement. There is much to laugh about, if you just look around. Humor defines and accentuates me, and I’m so very grateful for my natural talents in this area. Thanks for asking!
- You balance work, school and writing. How do you do it all and stay sane?
I don’t. I am as nutty as a fruitcake. Seriously.
- Guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasure time. When not working, studying or writing, what would we find you doing?
Eating, drinking merlot, watching reality television, online shopping, gambling, enjoying friends, bugging my kids and grandkids. I can always find ways to be happily busy. And? I’m really good at goofing off!
- Favorite author(s)? TV show(s)? Food and beverage of choice when life calls for either celebration or stress eating?
Robert McCammon and Stephen King are two of my favorite authors. Have you ever read “Swan Song” by Robert McCammon? You won’t be able to put it down. I am not kidding.
Celebration food and beverage: Always wine and either pasta (good pasta) or seafood.
Thanks for spending some time here at Hawleyville, Terri! I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Terri as much as I did doing this interview.