Hello Lovlies! I have been very naughty...I'm actually supposed to be on 22nd of March BUT I was on camp in the middle fo nowhere so I didn't post it!!! I know, I know but well, I'm bringing it to you today because it's a pretty interesting guest post written by the author, Jennifer Archer!
Bookie Asked : What do you do in your free time when you’re not writing?
Most of the writers I know can’t go long without writing. They feel at loose ends if they aren’t working on a story, and have almost a visceral need to get back to the page. I’m somewhat that way, as well, but I cherish my free time and make the most of it. It’s my time to relax and “refill the well” by doing other things I love – and some I don’t! Tasks such as working on income taxes, catching up on paperwork, and cleaning house are among the free-time activities I don’t enjoy! But I also get to catch up with friends and family, which I love. I call people to go to lunch or dinner, go to the movies, or I cook a meal for my parents and siblings and their families. And I walk my dogs, Marge and Harry. Harry is a Dachshund and Marge is a mutt. They get very excited when they see me putting on my walking shoes. Neighbors have told me it looks as if the dogs are walking me, instead of the reverse, and I’m sure that’s true! I haven’t trained them to walk calmly at my side; I’m sure that Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer, would be appalled by their behavior! They run ahead of me, tugging at their leashes, sniffing every bush and tree and pebble along the way.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading, and I’m never without a book-in progress. I suppose that could be considered a part of my job, since writers need to read in order to continue learning and keep up with what’s selling, but I also read for pleasure. My taste in books isn’t limited to one genre; I read almost everything – a lot of YA, literary and mainstream adult novels, mystery, suspense, romance, even a little science fiction although I’m pickier about those titles. A friend invited me to join her book club about three years ago, and being a member has really expanded my reading choices, as well. At the end of each year, all of the women in my club bring suggestions for books to read during the next year, then as a group we choose twelve, since we meet once a month. I probably wouldn’t have considered reading many of the titles selected, if not for the club. It’s been great, because I’ve discovered new authors whose work I really enjoy, and I like to think I’ve broadened my mind as a few of the novels have been somewhat of a challenge!
My husband and I have a cabin in the Spanish Peaks of Colorado, and we go there as often as possible, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. My husband built the cabin himself – he’s touched every log and nail! It’s located in a fairly remote spot that is also really beautiful, and we hike quite a bit when we’re there. We have a goal to climb the west Spanish Peak this summer or next – it’s just under 14,000 feet, so I’m working on getting in shape for that adventure! We also plan to purchase an old Jeep so that we can start exploring surrounding areas too far for us to strike out on foot to see. Sometimes, in the evenings or during the night, bears come to visit us. We’ve had a few on our porch and deck. That’s always exciting. We’re always careful not to leave food outside or even drinks, because the scent draws them. They’re fun to see up close, but they can also be dangerous, as you might expect, especially a mother bear with her cubs; those mommas are really protective of their babies! I based the setting of my next book, The Shadow Girl, which will come out close to a year after Through Her Eyes, in a location loosely based on the site of our cabin in the Spanish Peaks.
My husband and I also love to travel and see new places. Last year, we took a dream trip to Spain with his brother and sister-in-law and friends. We bicycled across the Andalusian region of Southern Spain with a bicycle tour group. The fields of olive trees and orange trees were breathtaking, and the cities and tiny villages of whitewashed buildings were fun to explore.
Home, though, is where I spend most of my free time, doing the usual every day things: spending time with my husband, family, and dogs; puttering around the house; reading and watching television. I admit to being somewhat of a reality TV addict! My two reality shows are Survivor and American Idol – I’ve been watching them since the beginning and have become somewhat of an addict! I also really enjoy news-related programs (as boring as that sounds!), the show Biography, and a lot of the shows on the Travel Channel.
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