Today we welcome Isabella Louise Anderson, whose short story “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” appeared in our Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. Isabella is a romance author, and her writing rituals definitely evoke the romantic! Read on to learn what puts her in the writing mood!
While I am fortunate to have an office outside of my home, my favorite places to write and edit are in my home-office–in the dark while listening to Spotify, (depending what the stage is that I’m working on, the music station changes), and drinking a glass of hibiscus tea. I also have on my Scentsy warmer that makes for a great atmosphere, (at the moment, I’m warming Flower Shop, which makes it highly motivating for working on “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop,” my upcoming release).
Here are three things that make me the most productive:
Working in the dark: While a lot of authors I know seem to work best in the morning, I work best in the afternoon or early evening (at least before the hubby comes home). So, in my office, I close the shutters and get to work. Some might think working in the dark is odd; it helps me feel along with my characters, hoping to make them the best they can be.
Just do it: When I have writer’s/editor’s block, I’ve come to realize that using the Pomodoro Technique helps me the most, in ways of being the most productive. I try to do at least seven twenty-five minute sessions a day.
Find a cheerleader: Whether it be a parent, sibling, friend or a beta-reader, be sure to find someone who can cheer you on, especially when the words aren’t coming easily to you. Give them a call and tell them your problem, then I bet your brain will be flooded with ideas to help you continue with your WIP.
Isabella Louise Anderson
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy hoarder and consultant.
Isabella’s short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel. Her next release, “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop” will be released soon, and she is currently working on another book. Connect with Isabella via her Author Website, Chick Lit Goddess, Facebook – Author Page, Goodreads, Facebook – Chick Lit Goddess Page, Twitter-Isabella Louise Anderson, Twitter-Chick Lit Goddess, and Instagram
Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.