Friday, August 3, 2012

Alexandra Duncan Takes the Truth

"How do you do it?"

Every writer gets this question at some point, and every writer's answer is going to be different. I thought this week might be a good time to take this truth, since my life is particularly hectic right now. Between relatives visiting, the height of the summer reading season at the library where I work, and car trouble, it hasn't been easy to squeeze in enough writing time lately. Want to know my deep, dark, dysfunctional secrets about time management, pets, and laundry? Watch on. . .

Check in again this coming Tuesday for guest post by Crissa-Jean Chappell. If you want to leave a truth or dare for her, click here.


Alexandra Duncan is a Young Adult writer and librarian. Her first novel, Salvage, is due to be released by Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins in Fall 2013. You can find her online at Twitter, Goodreads, and her personal blog.


  1. LIVING IN SQUALOR. Love it. This is a wonderfully honest post, Alexa. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. I laughed at that one, too, Erin. I'm not allowed to live in squalor, though. Anything left on the floor is fair game to the two fluffy puppies, naughty Theo and his adorable sidekick, Mr. Finn.

  2. Your laundry pile is simply proof of how dedicated you are to that golden rule for writers: butt in chair. Thanks for sharing, Alexandra!

  3. Alexa, you are adorable! And did you say in that vlog (in a round about way) that your FIRST book is getting published??? That's amazing. My first book is now used as litter box liner (not really, but it should be).

  4. Thanks, guys!

    April - The part I didn't show everyone is how there's cat hair all over EVERYTHING in our house. The cats look at that laundry pile and think, "Hmm, a comfy bed for me!" (Thank goodness for lint rollers.) They also chew on shoelaces, steal earrings and watches, and occasionally throw up under my desk when they've eaten dinner too fast. Yay, cats!

    Kasie - It wasn't the first book I ever tried to write, but it was the first book I finished and submitted. (I have several 30 to 40K chunks of text that were supposed to be books, but didn't make it past my internal editor.) I've also been writing short stories and novellas for several years, so I didn't jump in cold or anything.

  5. Hahaha, you're awesome, Alexa. :) This is so honest. Love it!

  6. Hahaha Alexa my gigantic pile o' laundry is currently covering my dining room table...and has been for a while. Thank you for making me feel better about "living in squalor" and sharing some very useful writing advice!