Today I have Mary Morony for an interview. She is the author of Done Growed Up.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
How old are you in the 4th grade? I think nine. It was seven-thirty in the morning. I had
just remembered that I was supposed to write a story for homework. I remember pulling up a
chair to the small Queen Anne drop leaf table at the very end of the long living room– a
decidedly unusual place to write. With a few pieces of notebook paper and a pencil in front of
me, I sat staring out of the window unsure what to write. For reasons still unclear I didn’t even
try to write anything I just continued my reverie occasionally twiddling my pencil and starring.
When the call for breakfast brought me back to the room, I quickly wrote down a story before
heading off to my oatmeal. Later that day my story was taped to my classroom window a sign
that it was the best of the day. That’s when I decided that this writing gig was just what I
wanted to do.
How long does it take you to write a book?
My last book If It Ain’t One Thing…the third in the Apron Strings Trilogy took less time to
write than Done Growed Up took to edit. Daily, I was eagerly looking for emails from my
editor—I love the editing process, the working out of issues that don’t quite add up logically
and the polishing of the prose. She had gotten waylaid in another project. In the morning of
November 1st, I was about to have a full-on hissy fit. I got an email announcing the start of
NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month Challenge. Taking up the challenge seemed
like a far more positive approach than blowing my excellent editor out the water.
Only vaguely aware of the challenge, I did a little research and discovered there were
almost 2,000 people in Charlottesville and surrounding area signed up to start their novel.
That cinched the deal for me. I was not going to officially sign-up. I don’t know what I was
thinking anyway I am not a joiner. Nevertheless, I challenged myself to write the third novel
in the series by the end of November. I wrote about 30,000 words by the end of the month
about a third of the finished novel, but came pretty close to frying my brain. I didn’t even look
at the manuscript until late January. I finished the novel in May which it turns out is about how
long it took me to write Done Growed Up and Apron Strings. The answer is six months.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I almost never sit down to write unless I am inspired. Making myself write when there is no
spark is a recipe for some for my worst writing and a sure fire way to gain tons of weight as I
have a habit of looking for my lost muse in the refrigerator, so I don’t do it. If I am inspired, I
can sit down in the morning at 8-ish and look up surprised to see my husband come in the
door from work at 6-something completely unaware that so much time had passed. I like that
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I get stuck with a plot problem, or I can’t get a character to do what I want I take it to
bed with me or for a walk. Not like a ritual, but I go over the sticking point in my mind before
either a walk or bed and then don’t think about it again. Usually, when I return the solution is
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I have a whole life story in my head about people I see in the airport, on the street
because of something they did or said. Life, to me, is like a smorgasbord for stories. I take a
little of this and a lot that, add a bit of something and before I know it I have a character or