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CJ Omololu on the Weather of Writing

Last week, Stacey Jay kicked off the series of authors discussing how bad weather affects their writing/mood. We'll be continuing the series over the next several Tuesdays. Here to talk about our topic today is CJ Omololu, author of Dirty Little Secrets, which is being released into the world TODAY!! Happy book birthday, Cynthia!

Here's what it's about:

Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years—that her mom’s out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. She’s managed to keep her home life hidden from her best friend and her crush, knowing they’d be disgusted by the truth. So, when her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911 because revealing their way of life would make her future unbearable—and she begins her two-day plan to set her life right.
With details that are as fascinating as they are disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt at normalcy. Her fear and isolation are palpable as readers are pulled down a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have readers completely hooked.

Doesn't that sound intriguing? Definitely in by TBR pile!

So here's Cynthia on writing and the weather:

The Land of Fog and Fog

Living in Northern California, we don’t have real weatherlike a lot of other places. It doesn’t snow, doesn’t rain much and it doesn’tget overly hot in the summer. What we do have is fog. Lots of gray, damp,sun-stifling fog. Year round.Summer mornings are the worst. You inevitably wake up to a faceful of graywhich makes you want to climb back into bed and just forget about it. If you’reever coming to San Francisco in the summer time bring jackets. I’m serious.Most of the tourists from normal climates foolishly think summer equals warmhere and stand out on Fisherman’s Wharf awash in goosebumps and those littlepurple blotches you get on your legs when you’re cold. The upside is that theyalways go home with a snazzy new San Francisco sweatshirt.

I’d like to say fog is inspiring. That it makes a cocoonaround me and that I bundle up in my favorite writing chair and am moreproductive than James Patterson on endless espresso shots. I’d like to saythat, but it would be a lie. Day after day of fog is nothing but depressing. Idon’t do my best work when I’m depressed. And when the sun finally does comeout, we all rush out like marooned sailors after a supply boat so writing isnot so great when the weather is nice either. So how does the weather affect mywriting? It doesn’t.

I do most of my writing in places and at times when theweather simply doesn’t matter. I wrote most of Dirty Little Secrets on a benchat the big, cavernous gym where my son was taking circus classes. Three hourstwice a week with nothing to do but sit with my laptop and write. Oh sure,sometimes there would be rain bouncing off the metal roof, but that’s about asmuch weather as I ever noticed. For my WIP, with the launch of DLS and mywriting day-job it is getting harder and harder to write while the sun is out(even when it’s gray, we know it’s up there somewhere), so I tend to write lateat night. Once everyone else is in bed, the phone has stopped ringing andpeople no longer want me to make them food or find their lost library book I canfinally get some quality work done. The hours between 11pm and 1am seemespecially sweet.

I know some people like to write when it’s storming andother people get inspired by bright sunshine. Apparently, my favorite weatheris whatever is going on in the middle of the night.

Thanks, Cynthia, for stopping by and all best wishes for Dirty Little Secrets!

I'm enjoying hearing about how other authors think about the effects of weather. I hope you are too.

I'll be back on Friday with the Friday Five. Then tune in next Tuesday for Lisa Schroeder's guest blog!


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