NaNo Day 4: Interview with Kira Brighton

Today’s another day I knew I wouldn’t have time to write, so I’ve got no NaNoing planned again. But I PROMISE I’ll be back at it tomorrow.

In the meantime, I’ve got twelve hours of classes today (already begun) involving two projects due (one already turned in) and probably giving a semi-impromptu presentation thing in YA lit on the We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo campaign (check it out and donate here). And I’m about to have to sit through my second Bergman film of the week thanks to my film classes conspiring to make me fall in hate with Swedish art films. (I’m sorry, but there’s only so much Bergman I can handle in one semester.) Plus working on stuff for all those announcements I keep not-so-subtly hinting at.

But I just finished eating a really good bagel and I’ve got a warm Chai latte next to my laptop and, once again: I might have a lot going on, but they’re all good things. So I’m happy to stumble my exhausted way through them.

Anyway: Like last year, throughout November I’m going to be sharing interviews with other writers competing in NaNoWriMo in order to give a broader perspective of the event. (Also to just let you meet this fantastic humans, because I adore them.) In addition, all of this year’s interviewees are Ch1Con team members! Yayyy!

Today’s interview is with Kira Brighton, one of my favorite people on the planet. We’ve been friends since middle school, she’s one of my CPs, and she’s the Associate Online Administrator for Ch1Con. ON TOP OF ALL THIS, I’m insanely jealous of her NaNoWriMo novel. Take it away, Kira.



Q: In one sentence, what is your novel about?

A: My novel, Sammi, is the story of a girl with OCD on her journey to diagnosis/recovery as told from the POV of the OCD itself.

Q: What is your favorite part of NaNoWriMo?

A: I love NaNo because it gives me an excuse to stop editing all my old books for a while and write something new instead in one big burst of awesome! All the creative juices get to flow with complete abundance. It makes me very happy.

Q: Do you have any specific writing rituals you follow? (Like do you have to have a decaf skim chai latte with extra cinnamon that’s exactly 102 degrees Fahrenheit in order to get those creative juices flowing, or are you more of a Can Write Anywhere, Anytime type of person?)

A: I’m a write anywhere, anytime person. Ideally I’d be in my bed with my laptop playing some movie scores, but really, I can write just about anywhere. Like in class. A lot. NANO SUCCESS!

Q: What’s your secret to juggling life and NaNo at the same time?

A: … I write in class. A lot. Haha, mostly I’m just very enthusiastic about getting to write something new and that gets me going as profusely as possible!

Q: Any advice for the troops?

A: Be happy! NaNo is a challenge but it’s the kind of challenge where you get to have fun doing something you love. =) Make the most of it. And thanks for reading!


Thanks for letting me interview you, Kira!

Want to learn more about Kira? You can find her at the following links.




Thanks for reading!

Goal for today: 0.

Overall goal: 6,000.

Current word count: 7,140.



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