Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet

Hi, everyone! I'm super excited about GUTGAA, but I'm out of town for the holiday weekend.  I'll have my answers posted and start visiting the other participants Tuesday afternoon.  See you then!

Deana Barnhart
Find out more about GUTGAA here.

ETA: I never did my mini-bio! :)  I am a 34-year-old mother of three (9 yo boy, 7 yo girl, and 5 yo girl).  I teach pre-k and Sunday School, and direct the Handbell Choirs at my church.  So ... yeah.  I generally have a To-Do List a mile long.  I write YA.

-Where do you write?

Usually sitting in my bed.  I have a laptop, and my bedroom is usually the quietest place in the house (three kids!).

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?

My coffee cup.  I have a flowered Tervis tumbler that is my constant companion. LOL.

-Favorite time to write?

I'm not sure I have a favorite time.  Anytime I can find time is my favorite.  (I have three part time jobs and three children, so time is hard to come by!)

-Drink of choice while writing?

COFFEE!  Or, after 6pm, water.

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?

I listen to music.  I have a playlist for each manuscript.  For some reason, I have to listen to it with earbuds, though.  If I just have it playing through the computer, it bothers me. (Weird, I know.)

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

The idea for my latest manuscript came to me while I was doing yoga, and trying to let go of a painful rejection, which brought up the question, "What if I had to use yoga to get past something more traumatic than a rejection?"  And my story MEDITATION was born. LOL

-What's your most valuable writing tip?

It's not "what happens next?", it's "what would my character do next?" 

 Thanks for stopping by!  I will be around to visit the other participating blogs throughout the week. 


  1. Can't wait to hear about you! :) I'm your newest follower. Very nice to meet you!


  2. Sorry I missed you. Stop by and say hello if you get the chance. I'm trying to make it easier on my fellow GUTGAANS by adding the link, lol.

  3. I'm back! And I've been to Paris too! LOVE that city.

    I have tried yoga and I think I'm doing it wrong or I've had a bad teacher(s) or something because I just don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything. I will keep trying it though because many people love it and there's got to be a reason! :)

  4. I love yoga, but it doesn't love me back. Everytime I take a class I get hurt, lol. Good luck with GUTGAA.

  5. So is the story about yoga? Or did you just get the idea then?

    1. LOL--I guess I could have given a little more info, huh? I updated the post, but yoga plays a part in the story. I was actually trying to let go of a painful rejection, and wondered about someone using yoga to get past a more serious trauma. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I'm having a bit of trouble shifting out of my last mc's head and into my new mc's. Thinking about what she'd do next is the perfect advice for me.

    Love the premise of your story!

  7. Hi! Great to meet you. I think the way you came up with your book idea is cool, sounds interesting!

  8. Inspired by yoga and rejection is very cool. With three jobs and three kids, you must be busy. Good luck with the GUTGAA.

  9. Have fun with this. I know you will.

  10. {It's not "what happens next?", it's "what would my character do next?"}
    LOVE this! So often I try to plot and then my characters end up taking me to a completely different place. Other writerly type people remind me that I am the boss of my characters, but when I try to force my plotted moments on them it just stinks. So I end up going where the characters go. I think that's the point of it all for me: following their journey and seeing where it takes us. :) Now that I am done rambling I will say that it is really nice to meet you! Enjoy GUTGAA!

  11. Love your writing tip - so very, very true. (Now to sort out the fact that my antagonist is too clever not to work out and usurp every single plot idea I previously had for her...) Nice meeting another GUTGAA-er. :)

  12. I tend to get ideas while exercising too. :)