Chelsea was once obsessed with cats, longed to live in a big city, didn’t think she would ever have children, and aspired to be an attorney. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado as a stay-at-home mom with her husband and three daughters. She has no current plans to own a cat.
What inspires you to write?
I know it sounds hippie-dippie and cliche, but life inspires me to write. As a mostly comedic writer, I love writing about all things random, and there’s nothing more random than real life. Observing the world around me and then documenting it…that’s sort-of my M.O.
Tell us about your writing process.
Before writing my book I’D RATHER WEAR PAJAMAS, I had a conversation with a writer friend which was a total game changer for me. He told me all about how he organizes his writing, and now I swear by the method.
You see, I like to start with a skeleton of a plot, but definitely spend most of my time watching my own story unfold as I write. I start a file in Google Drives, and then make a separate folder for every single chapter. That’s right – every. single. chapter. That way, I can work out of order, go back and change things in one specific chapter, reorganize the story, etc. It makes writing a novel much less daunting when it’s broken up in bite size pieces.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Who are your favorite authors?
Given the memoir nature of my book, I spent the better part of last year reading funny memoirs for inspiration:
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Jim Gaffigan… all greats in my mind’s eye.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first, I thought I wanted to publish traditionally, just because that’s what you do, right? But after talking to a handful of different people (both traditionally- and self-published), I came to the conclusion that self-publishing was the right approach for me. First, I knew that, as a stay-at-home mother to three young girls, if this book was going to get out to the world, it would have to happen quickly. I didn’t have the time or patience to pitch my story to agents, wait for them to find a publisher, and then wait for years for my book to finally come out. Second, I wanted it to be MY book. I was super excited to have a hand in the cover design and book layout. It’s so perfect for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing definitely seems to be gaining momentum. Its becoming less of a looked-down-on method and is resulting in some really awesome books. Quality-wise, my book looks just as good printed as any traditionally-published book I’ve seen out there.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?