Bestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, Me and Me, described by Bif Naked as mesmerizing. Her two picture books feature twins Violet and Victor, and she has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press. She is writing a memoir about teenager Carley Allison with Kids Can Press. She has had stories produced for CBC and essays published in Bristol Review of Books and Easy Living magazine. She blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post. Alice’s work is published in 34 countries. She has four children.
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Describe your workspace.
Right now, I’m working in Citizen’s Cafe in downtown Saskatoon. I work anywhere I have a laptop and headphones.
Describe a typical workday.
Not enough writing, a lot of emails, fun with the children, exhaustion from the children, lots of reading.
List three of your most favourite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.
Coffee. To keep me going. My phone. To stay connected. A message on my laptop that reads: I Love You, Mumm.
Do you have any rituals in your work habits?
No rituals–I just work whenever I get a moment.
What do you listen to while you work?
What is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?
Coffee and herbal teas.
How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?
I try to outline, and I end up deleting a lot of words that I could have saved myself writing if I’d stuck to my outline.
If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?
With my partner, Yann. He’s sitting right next to me now.
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?
To read. Every good writer I’ve ever listened to says it–and it’s very true.
Thanks to Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for the use of her Creative Spaces interview questions.