Friday Favorite | Author Quirks (Plus a Giveaway!)

November 22nd, 2013

 authorquirks

After giving us a good chuckle, this BuzzFeed article by Lydia Kang got us wondering about the authors we know and love—what kind of quirks and idiosyncrasies do they have when it comes to writing? We pooled nine authors—Lynn Austin, Mary Connealy, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tricia GoyerRobin Lee Hatcher, Cara C. Putman, James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and Beth Wiseman—on some of their interesting writing habits. We’ve listed their responses below, and to make things even more interesting, we left out the author name that goes with each quirk. We do enjoy a good matching contest! Match up the writer with the correlating quirk, share your guesses in the comment section below, and the person with the most correct responses wins! The prize is nine books (the latest book from each author) and a book tote! Good luck and have fun.


  1. When I write my first draft, I have to have a bag of David’s Jumbo sunflower seeds next to me. I go through about four bags per book.
  2. Sometimes I cry when one of my characters dies, even though I killed them!
  3. I whistle the theme song for the Flintstones when I’m by myself.
  4. I brainstorm by lying awake at night and mentally juggling. I toss ideas up in the air, flip them over, catch them, toss others up, catch them. Play with people’s lives, toy with them, try to figure out how to hurt them, then save them, then hurt them again as creatively as possible without . . let’s say . . jumping the shark.
  5. I work best when I sit down before my desktop with its 27″ display, my coffee and mug warmer within easy reach, and my notes for the current work in progress in their assigned spot before me. I admit it. I’m a creature of habit.
  6. I can’t write in a vacuum. You’ll often find me at Panera with a bagel and coffee.
  7. To get inspired, I listen to swing music, eat a (small) bowl of popcorn, or watch a few minutes of Grey’s Anatomy. And I call my writing partner between every scene to talk it out. In a pinch, I’ve been known to talk it out with the dog.  She’s a good listener.
  8. I work in a tiny laundry room. Really tiny. Two big dogs feel the need to scrunch in with me, so I can barely move. And the computer and keyboard is so close to the door that when anyone wants to start a load of laundry, I get bumped in my chair as they try to navigate around me. Hence . . . so many typos.
  9. My three favorite places to write are on the couch with my family watching TV, at a cafe like Panera Bread, or sitting in the passenger seat on a long trip.

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Comments

  • Linda says:

    Oh man!! Guessing all the way, but I love contests. So here goes:
    Lynn Austin-7, Mary Connealy-2, Suzanne W. Fisher-5, Tricia Goyer-8, Robin Lee Hatcher-6, Cara C Putnam-3, James L. Rubart-1, Susan May Warren-4, Beth Wiseman-9

  • Ok, here are my guesses:
    Lynn Austin-8
    Mary Connealy-2
    Suzanne Woods Fisher-4
    Tricia Goyer-7
    Robin Lee Hatcher-9
    Cara C. Putman-3
    James L. Rubart-1
    Susan May Warren-5
    Beth Wiseman-6

    Thanks for this fun giveaway!

  • Megan Wilson says:

    I love contests, but these are true guesses. Let’s see if I get any correct.

    1. Mary Connealy
    2. Susan May Warren
    3. Tricia Goyer
    4. Lynn Austin
    5. James L. Rubart
    6. Robin Lee Hatcher
    7. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    8. Beth Wiseman
    9. Cara C. Putman

  • Here goes:
    1- Mary Connealy
    2- Lynn Austin
    3- Susan May Warren
    4- Robin Lee Hatcher
    5- Cara C. Putman
    6- James L. Rubart
    7- Suzanne Woods Fisher
    8- Beth Wiseman
    9- Tricia Goyer

    Hoping my educated guesses are pretty close! 😀

  • Jamie Smith says:

    Lets give a try 1. James Rubart, 2. Lynn Austin, 3. Susan May Warren, 4. Cara Putnam, 5. Robin Lee Hatcher, 6. Beth Wiseman, 7. Suzanne Woods Fisher, 8. Tricia Goyer, 9. Mary Connealy

  • Judy B says:

    This is a total guess!
    1. James L Rupert
    2. Robin Lee Hatcher
    3. Beth Wiseman
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Cara C Putman
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • Carrie Schmidt says:

    1. James L. Rubart
    2. Beth Wiseman
    3. Cara C. Putman
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Lynn Austin
    6. Tricia Goyer
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Robin Lee Hatcher

  • Patty H says:

    Total guesses, but it’s fun to try!

    1. James R
    2. Mary C.
    3. Lynn A.
    4. Robin Lee Hatcher
    5. Tricia G.
    6. Cara P.
    7. Beth W.
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Susan W.

  • Lis says:

    I have no idea so I’ll make some educated guesses:
    1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Mary Connealy
    4. James L. Rubart
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Susan May Warren
    7. Cara C. Putman
    8. Beth Wiseman
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • Nat Homgren says:

    1. Beth Wiseman
    2. Robin Lee Hatcher
    3. James L Rupert
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Cara C Putman
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Tricia Goyer

    probably off by a mile!

  • Shelly says:

    Here’s my guesses, and that’s what they are!! Lol
    Lynn Austin -3
    Mary Connealy -7
    Beth wisemen -8
    James rubart -9
    Suzanne fisher -4
    Cara putman -2
    Robin lee hatcher -5
    Susan warren -6
    Tricia goyer -1

  • Sarah says:

    Well, since I have no idea on any of these, here’s my best guess!
    1. Beth Wiseman
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Cara C. Putman
    6. Robin Lee Hatcher
    7. Tricia Goyer
    8. James L. Rubart
    9. Susan May Warren

    Hope some of these are half-way right! Thanks for a fun giveaway challenge! 🙂
    Blessings,
    Sarah

  • I’m finding it FASCINATING to see which one of these you all pin on me!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Martha J. Sturm says:

    This is fun!
    1. James L. Rubart

  • Martha J. Sturm says:

    oops! to continue: 2. Mary Connealy, 3. Robin Lee Hatcher, 4. Susan May Warren, 5. Lynn Austin, 6. Suzanne Woods Fisher, 7. Cara C. Putman, 8. Tricia Goyer, 9. Beth Wiseman.
    Good luck to everyone!

  • angela chesnut says:

    1. Mary Connealy

    2. Beth Wiseman

    3. Tricia Groyer

    4. James Rubart

    5. LynnAustin

    6, Susan warren

    7. Robin lee hatcher

    8. Suzanne fisher

    9. Cara Putman

  • Stacey says:

    Total guesses!
    1. James L. Rubart
    2. Susan May Warren
    3. Beth Wiseman
    4. Cara C. Putman
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Suzanne woods Fisher
    8. Mary Connealy
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    I hope this goes well. Here’s my choices.
    1. James L Rupert
    2. Robin Lee Hatcher
    3. Beth Wiseman
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Cara C Putman
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • Samantha Tyler says:

    1.Beth Wiseman
    2.Mary Connealy
    3.lynn austin
    4.Robin Lee Hatcher
    5.james rubart
    6.Cara Putnam
    7.Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9.Tricia Goyer

  • Cyndi Wilson says:

    Love the quirks! 🙂
    1. Robin
    2. Tricia
    3. Mary
    4. James
    5. Lynn
    6. Suzanne
    7. Cara
    8. Susan
    9. Beth

  • tammy cordery says:

    My guess is 1. Robin Lee Hatcher 2. Beth Wiseman 3. Tricia Goyer 4. Clara C. Putman 5. Susan May Warren 6. Lynn Auston 7. Mary Connealy 8. James L. Rubart 9. Susan Woods Fisher. just guessing here.

  • Laura Hilton says:

    1. Mary Conneally
    2. Cara Putman
    3. Beth Wiseman
    4. James Rupard
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • There are a few that guessed right, and I find I’m just as eager to learn which ones belong to the other writers as those who are guessing in the contest.

  • Sharon Timmer says:

    1. Robin Lee Hatcher, 2. Mary Connealy, 3. Lynn Austin, 4. James L. Rubart, 5. Susan May Warren, 6. Cara Putman, 7. Beth Wiseman, 8. Suzanne Woods Fisher, 9. Tricia Goyer

  • Brittany McEuen says:

    Here are my guesses:
    1. Tricia Goyer
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Mary Connealy
    4. Robin Lee Hatcher
    5. Beth Wiseman
    6. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. James L. Rupert
    9. Cara Putman

  • Robin in NC says:

    1. Beth Wiseman
    2. Cara C. Putnam
    3. Robin Lee Hatcher
    4. James L. Rubart
    5. Tricia Goyer
    6. Lynn Austin
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Mary Connealy
    9. Suzanne Woods Fisher

  • Cindi Altman says:

    Lynn Austin- 7
    Mary Connealy – 2
    Suzanne Woods Fisher – 1
    Tricia Goyer – 8
    Robin Lee Hatcher – 9
    Cara C. Putman – 6
    James L. Rubart – 3
    Susan May Warren – 4
    Beth Wiseman – 5

  • 2. Lynn Austin
    8. Beth Wiseman
    5. James Rubart
    7. Susie May Warren
    9. Cara Putman
    1. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Tricia Goyer
    3. Suzanne Fisher Woods
    4. Mary Connealy

    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  • laurel says:

    this was great fun!

    1. James Rubart
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Beth Wiseman
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Tricia Goyer
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Cara Putman

  • Cara Putman says:

    Mary, I had the same thought! It’s fun to see how many people think I can whistle, juggle 20 things at once, and dance a jig while writing 🙂

  • Have to ping off of what Mary said. So fun to see people guessing what one of my quirks is. (Only one listed here, but there are more!)

  • Dorothy Powell says:

    Lynn Austin-9
    Mary Connealy-1
    Suzanne Woods-Fisher-8
    Tricia Goyer-2
    Robin Lee Hatcher-4
    Cara Putman-5
    James Rubart-3
    Susan May Warren-6
    Beth Wiseman-7

  • Marietta Taylor says:

    Just guessing. Hope I get some right 🙂

    1 – Beth Wiseman
    2 – Cara Putnam
    3 – James L. Rubart
    4 – Lynn Austin
    5 – Robin Lee Hatcher
    6 – Mary Connelay
    7 – Susan May Warren
    8 – Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9 – Tricia Goyer

  • Emma says:

    1.James L. Rubart
    2. Lynn Austin
    3.Beth Wiseman
    4.Cara C. Putman
    5.Robin Lee Hatcher
    6.Susan May Warren
    7.Mary Connealy
    8.Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9.Tricia Goyer

  • Anna says:

    1. Beth Wiseman
    2. Robin Lee Hatcher
    3. Lynn Austin
    4. Cara C Putman
    5. Mary Connealy
    6. James L Rubart
    7. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    8. Susan May Warren
    9. Tricia Goyer

  • Ruth Swartz says:

    My guess is(1.Mary Connealy,2.Lynn Austin,3.Susan May Warren,4.Robin Lee Hatcher,5.Cara C.Putman,6.James L. Rubart,7.Suzanne Wood Fisher,8.Beth Wiseman,9.Tricia Goyer

    I hope Im close Thank

  • Wondering when the contest is over? And I love to see some of you authors joining in the conversation! Makes it even more fun! 🙂

  • Stephanie Craig says:

    1. Beth Wiseman
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Cara C. Putman
    4. James L. Rubart
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Mary Connealy
    7. Susan May Warren
    8. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    9. Trisha Goyer

  • Shirley Davidson says:

    1. James Rubart
    2. Lynn Austin
    3. Cara Putnam
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Tricia Goyer
    6. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    7. Robin Lee Hatcher
    8. Beth Wiseman
    9. Susan May Warren

    Oh my goodness! This was tough! Fun, very fun, but tough! Thanks!

  • Ok here goes!

    1. Cara C. Putman
    2. Susan May Warren
    3. James L. Rubart
    4. Mary Connealy
    5. Robin Lee Hatcher
    6. Beth Wiseman
    7. Lynn Austin
    8. Susan Woods Fisher
    9. Tricia Goyer