01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
They usually start out as daydreams.
02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
Er... not really. I stick to what I know or else mealy-mouth around technical stuff and call it a style.
03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
Depends. Sometimes music really inspires me, sometimes I need a lightless vault and ear plugs to concentrate.
04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Night. It's hard to write when other people are around and could walk in or make noise at any moment, so I usually just wait until everyone else goes to bed.
05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
Either or. I go through my stuff a dozen times, but I know the value of fresh eyes. It depends on who's interested and how much I value their opinion.
06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
Gay fiction, young adult, and most of the time, both.
07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
My original name, neutered: L.A. Fields. I couldn't just walk away from such great initials.
08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
A sequel to my first novel, which is being published this summer (!) -- I've got a full bio here
09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
Well? I own my short comings and take pride in praise. I usually detail all the feedback I get on LJ, regardless of good or bad, and process my reactions in-post, like here
10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
Sometimes. I have to watch it though, because it can disturb my voice if I read too much of someone else. Reading authors I aspire to write like helps me break through problems though. So it depends.
11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
Not really. I can't imagine I'd be mature enough to share.
12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
My best friend. She's caught a lot of ridiculous stuff that I'd be embarrassed to show anyone else. She's my front line editor.
13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
Suspiciously similar to people in my life. I mix up characteristics, but I've noticed a lot of the same relationship dynamics showing up over and over again. It's cheaper than therapy and more fun and it puts a positive twist on everything I experience, since at the very least it'll make a good story.
14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
The beginning, and occasionally, the titles. If I don't have a title before I start, I struggle to think of one, and I get the urge to quit stuff before I get too far, so starting is hard.
15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
Yes. Music that has the tone I'm looking for usually helps. Taking a break and just fantasizing about the story instead of trying to translate it into the actual words helps too.