First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a mom of four and Dallas, Texas native, and author of the bestselling Treemakers Trilogy. I love chocolate, coffee, Daryl Dixon, and yoga pants, and daydream constantly about end-of-the-world scenarios.
How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?
My first time attempting NaNoWriMo was in 2013 when I wrote the first version of “The Treemakers.” I won that year and am still paying for it! I scrapped that story and rewrote it from scratch, publishing it a year later on Dec. 3, 2014. It’s sequel, The Soultakers, was just published Dec. 3, 2015.
What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?
I was busy prepping The Soultakers for publication so I didn’t participate this year, though I would’ve liked to.
How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?
When I participated in 2013 I kept a calendar in front of me and a big red sharpie. Each day I hit my word count I crossed out that day with a gigantic red X. Once you see a string of these you don’t want to “break the chain” so you keep pushing harder. It seems simple but it works. I’ve heard famous authors and celebrities mention using this method, including Jerry Seinfeld. You just write every day, no matter what. Put those headphones on to drown out the background noise if you need to. Lock yourself in an attic or cellar. Threaten those around you with wet noodle-whippings if they disturb you—things of that nature. You have to be on the verge of obsession to complete this insane challenge. You have to ask yourself this: How bad do I want it? And you have to go to any lengths it takes to hit that word count every day, word-slinging-ninja beast-mode style.
If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?
Here are all of the places you can find me and my work around the web:
“The Treemakers” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DC4Q5E/
“The Treemakers” on Audible: http://amzn.to/1EZvvlP
“The Soultakers” on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1O7Sn0o
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1HYTjRo
“The Rozelle Army” Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/68sS9
The Treemakers on ifList: http://bit.ly/1QYc7a6
A Spark in the Dark Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1JSEmWz
The Fansite of Christina L. Rozelle: http://christinalrozelle.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/cl.rozelle
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/clrozellesouth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLRozelle (@CLRozelle)
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Aspiring writers might like to check out my blog for writers, A Spark in the Dark. There you’ll find tons of tidbits of insight and pearls of wisdom (and plenty of shenanigans) from my journey to becoming a self-published author, and beyond.
A Spark in the Dark Blog: http://bit.ly/1NmGJQl
Thanks so much for having me!