A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AUTHOR

With: Danielle Annett

 

 

Most readers don’t realize that the majority of authors aren’t full time authors. I’m lucky enough to be in a position that I could be if I wanted to but I’m still young enough that I also feel like I need to put that shiny bachelors degree to good use, at least for a few more years. As a full time worker, a full time author, a freelancer, a mom of 2, a wife, and the VP of Programs for the Inland Empire Chapter of RWA, it’s safe to say I always have SOMETHING to do.

I’m a firm believer in the daily grind and I’m often referred to as an energizer bunny that just keeps going. I try and make my weekends a little less hectic but I’ll admit that that doesn’t always happen. Here is an example of my usually workday.

6a: Alarm goes off and I start getting ready for my day. I’m an evening bather so I don’t have to fuss with a morning shower, just fix up my hair and makeup and throw on something work appropriate for the day.

7a: Hit the road. My day job is as an Account Executive for a Yearbook Publishing Company. I travel all over Eastern Washington so I try and get an early start because its not uncommon for me to travel 3+hours each way to meet with clients

(as soon as I leave my house, my first stop is a coffee shop!)

7a-4p: These are my “work hours” I spend a lot of time driving, most days 4-8hrs just getting to and from my appointments so I try and dictate a little writing while driving and at the very least, listen to an audio book. Since my husband and I work opposite schedules, he has the pleasure of getting the kiddos going in the morning and getting our oldest off to school.

4-6p: I try really hard to always be home by 4p. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but around 4 or 5 I’m usually home and can have some time with my littles. This is usually when we veg for a bit, snuggle on the sofa, and when my daughter tells me all about her day at school while my son climbs on me like a jungle gym.

6p: We eat dinner at 6pm. Since my husband works swing shifts and isn’t home, I don’t usually cook anything too elaborate. The kids are still at the age where they would live on spaghetti if we let them.

7p: After dinner the kids usually run off and play with one another or do their own thing so I usually try and squeeze in a little time to write or get caught up on freelance work. Most recently I was hired to create a logo for UCLA’s LLPI (http://latino.ucla.edu/)

9p: By 9 I usually have both kiddos in bed, not always though. Striker, my 2yr old is a bit of a hellion so sometimes he bounces off the walls until 10p or 11p and goes to bed when I do. I don’t mind letting him stay up late since it means he’ll sleep in for his Dad and it gives me a little extra snuggle time with him.

11p: I usually hit the hay around 11p and set my alarm for 6p and start the process all over again the next day.

My routine is far from glamorous but it works well for us for the time being. One day I might make some adjustments to slow things down but my Dad always taught me to work hard now so than when I was older, I didn’t have to work hard later.

So that’s my day? What does your typical day look like? Anyone else as much of an energizer bunny as I am?

 

If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you’ll love Aria Naveed. Kicking butt and saving people is kind of her thing.

Title: Branded by Fire

Author: Danielle Annett

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Series: Blood & Magic, Book 4.*

Release Date: October 17, 2017

Format: Digital eBook

 

*BRANDED BY FIRE can be read as a standalone novel.

 

Synopsis:

 

Aria Naveed can’t decide what’s worse—being mate-bonded to Declan Valkenaar, the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Pack, or owning up to the fact that she’s developing feelings for him.

Her bond to Declan is the one thing keeping her grounded and preventing her new power from destroying everything and everyone around her.

If Aria doesn’t tread carefully, especially where her heart is concerned, she’ll learn the hard way that if you play with fire, you’ll always get burned.

 

Available at:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Books2Read

 

Add Branded by Fire  to your GOODREADS TBR pile!

 

 

Author Bio:

 Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, designer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series. Danielle writes about kick butt heroines in volatile settings and like her, most of them have some level of addiction to coffee.

When not writing, Danielle can be found hanging out with her two children whom she fondly refers to as her little monsters, or catching up on the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Game of Thrones.

 

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