From Shane – Emeritus Criminal Mind - filling in for Graham
Lisa, you spend your days knee-deep in fingerprints and legal reports. But your passion seems in your writing, which is terrific. Will you continue to straddle both worlds, thereby guaranteeing no sleep ever, or is your goal to become a full-time novelist?
It’s stressful doing both, no denying it. I have two full time careers, and I’m getting too freakin’ old for that kind of nonsense. However, writing is entertainment and the entertainment industry is fickle, so I don’t feel too secure about quitting the day job. Plus I was raised by two people who lived through the depression; I’ve learned well the importance of a steady paycheck.
Add to this that I actually like my day job. Never in my life have I gotten along so well with a group of co-workers. I genuinely enjoy their company. People throughout the rest of the building can sometimes get on my nerves, but as long and I’m not getting slammed with calls, I’m happy at work. I work 12 hour shifts, and yet when I’m tucked up at my desk, listening to tunes and examining fingerprints, sometimes I have to make myself go home.
Perhaps a sad commentary on my home life.
Having only one job beckons, however. Whenever they get me up at 2 a.m. because someone stole cigarettes from the 7-11, I start planning to quit the day job and do nothing but write. I’ll stay in my pajamas until my lunchtime workout and stop wearing a watch.
But then when my editor hasn’t read my manuscript yet but I’m sure he’s going to hate it and my agent wants me to rewrite the second half of the next one and some anonymous person on Amazon.com who can’t even spell has declared my writing the worst she’s ever read, then I figure I can just give it up and stick with the day job. At least it has more clearly defined goals, outcomes, and hours.
Except when someone steals cigarettes from the 7-11.
Lisa Black is a full time latent print examiner/CSI and the NYT bestselling author of the Theresa MacLean series, including Takeover, Evidence of Murder and the recently released Trail of Blood. Please visit her website at http://www.lisa-black.com/.