My Australian writing friend, Elsa Neal, interviewed me about last year's writing residency in Egypt for Blood Red Pencil. The article is "Do You Have What It Takes to Be A Resident Writer?
Here's an excerpt:
Elsa asked me what a writer should do to prepare for a residency. I told her you should know what you plan to work on.
"I had a project I wanted to work on while I was there, a new novel. Before I went I made sure all of my pre-work was done: character bibles, a plot map, chapter outlines. I also got about halfway through the rough draft before leaving. My plan was to complete the rough draft of the novel while in Egypt and I did manage to do that.
....despite the beach outside my window!
Read the rest of the interview HERE.