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What is your most productive time of day and do you need caffeine

Sherry where the cherry blossoms are flying about like pink snowflakes

We are so happy to welcome back author Cheryl Hollan who writes the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. Cheryl knows glass and makes the most beautiful jewelery among many other things.

Here’s a bit about Shards of Glass the second book in the series: When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind…

As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor.

But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far. . .

It sounds great! Take it away, Cheryl:

I’m lucky to have two highly productive writing times. The first is between seven and eight in the morning. I put my fingers on the keyboard and type like a maniac. That’s when the words literally spill onto the page tumbling over each other like acrobats. The second best time is in the late afternoon between four and five. It’s not quite as productive as the early morning, but the words slip onto the page with little effort.

When I’m behind schedule and racing to the finish on a manuscript, I am sometimes forced to write during my less productive times. Then, I have to track down my words like a big game hunter, grab them by the scruff of the neck and stab them onto the page. At least the words are there. They can be revised later. Because as everyone knows, you can’t revise a blank page and sometimes the looming deadline dictates more hours in the chair.

That early morning start demands a strong cup of coffee with a generous helping of half-and-half to get the word flow going. I follow that with some strong black tea. If I’m still in the writing seat for the afternoon, I make some ginger tea. So, my caffeine levels decline during the day. That’s mostly because I need to sleep at night. Finally, after my writing day is finished and I head into the house to start dinner. I pour myself a large glass of wine to reward myself for another day of living my dream.

Meet the author:
Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

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Readers: What is your most productive time of day?

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