Monday, April 29, 2013

Day in the Life of author Schledia Benefield

Day in the Life of author Schledia Benefield

Thanks, Ali, for inviting me to share what a day in my life is all about. My days vary due to my job at the middle school, as well as where I’m at in the writing process, so I will share a typical workday in the midst of writing a novel. FAIR WARNING…my days are kind of boring, but they are busy!

While I’m working on a project, I wake up between four and four-thirty a.m. Most days, my husband makes the coffee and wakes me up to a nice, hot cup, but if he happens to be running behind on getting ready for work, I make the coffee and bring him a cup. I sit down at my laptop with my coffee in hand and quickly re-read the previous chapter I had written and go over the chapter summary for the chapter I intend to start that day. 

Once I have done that, I get dressed for work. At five-thirty I set out what I plan to cook for supper and start breakfast and lunch for my bunch. I have five children and four of them still live at home, so I’m usually in the kitchen until six a.m. At that point I wake the kids up for school. My oldest son, Colby, is a little difficult to pry out of bed, so it takes several trips to his room. My baby girl, Trinity, is eight with hair past her waist, so I spend a good bit of time brushing and fixing her hair for school. 

At six-forty-five mom hugs and kisses them bye and sends them off to the bus stop; then I gather my things for the day and head out the door to work. When I get to the school, I go over what the kids are to do for the day and make any preparations I need to make to have their stuff ready to go. Then I spend my day with middle school kids trying to maintain as much order as possible.  During my off-period, I pull out my notebook and paper and begin writing the chapter I had reviewed earlier that morning. During the beginning of a project, I may get one-fourth to one-half of the chapter written in a day, depending upon how it all flows. It is only a fifty minute time period, so I don’t pressure myself to write an entire chapter during that time frame. 

When three o’clock rolls around, I head home to type what I’ve written before putting a load of clothes on the wash. I start my supper preparations while the kids are working on homework, that way I’m right there to help them if they need it. While supper is in the oven, I pull the load of clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer. This is usually the point where the dryer stops working! Then it’s heading out the back door to hang the clothes on the line and calling a repair man.  (Ok, it doesn’t happen every day, but it seems to be that everything falls apart while I’m working on a novel).

We all sit down and eat supper as a family, blessing and all. This is the time that my family uses to converse about the day. My middle son, Trent, is a natural comedian with his sense of humor and wit, so we always have laughs. People who have joined us for dinner have always commented how the Benefield table is NEVER dull! 

After supper my husband and I load the dishwasher and have the kids get their baths and bring their dirty clothes so we can get another load washed and dried. Once we get past the daily routines, we send them off to bed and head to our room to wind down for the night while watching a couple of episodes of The Big Bang Theory. 

Well, that’s pretty much how my day rolls. I stay pretty busy, but I’m particular about not allowing my passion for writing to interfere with my family time. Of course, there are times when you have a deadline and have no choice but to order pizza for supper and shut yourself in your room all night, but I try really hard not to take away from my children and my husband. After all, they are the most important thing in my life!

Schledia Benefield was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She presently lives in Big Point,Mississippi with her husband and four of her five children. She is the author of three YA novels: Plain Jane, Pretty Boy, and her newest release, Wildflowers. She also writes middle-grade fantasy under the pen name S B Scrillum. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book, scrapbooking, sewing, spending time with her family, and visiting over a cup of coffee.

Have you ever feared what may be hiding deep within you? Darkness often skulks in the blood of unsuspecting victims, but Aster McGrath is acutely aware of the violence coursing through his veins. After all, he is the son of a murderer, and everyone in the town of Bayville, Mississippi says he will end up just like his father. When Susan Blackman moves into town, Aster has already embraced his brutal nature, but her gentle spirit draws him in and slowly melts the icy exterior of his heart. Taming his savagery, she professes her love, but will the good within him be able to overcome the evil lurking deep inside? Or will the fiend break free of its fetters and seek blood

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