What is a day in your life like when you are working on one of your novels?
Before my feet hit the floor, I’m on my iPad scanning a select list of news sites (Daily Caller included) to see what happened overnight. I’ll check my Twitter and Facebook feeds and throw up a post or two, then the day kicks into gear.
I’m a big physical fitness guy, so each day begins with a run or weights and then shower, breakfast, and I’m at my desk.
I have a goal of writing 2,500 words a day, Monday through Friday. That’s about five, single-spaced pages. Some days are easier than others. I’ll take multiple breaks to check up on the news and Tweet/Facebook and then I’m back to writing.
I have two children, so I like to be in the kitchen by 5 p.m. if possible. If there’s a deadline looming, I may eat at my desk, but I always make sure I’m there for bath time. I know that these wonderful days of having young children will be gone before I know it, so I try to make the absolute most of them, even when I’m deep into writing a new book. I always say “take care of your family and everything else will take care of itself.”
That goes double for my muse, my wonderful wife Trish. A dear friend of ours gave a beautiful toast at our wedding. Holding up his glass, he looked at both of us and said, “Never forget that your marriage can either be 90 percent of your happiness or 90 percent of your sadness.” I have never forgotten and I always make sure that my wife knows how much I love and appreciate her.