I teach high school full time, and I have two children - Eli, 6 years, and Pauline, 9 months. Whenever people find out that I write books in addition to that, they ask me how I have time for it. I tell them I don't spend much time cleaning.
It's true; my husband Rich can attest to it. There is of course more to it than that. Rich is actually one of those rare and wonderful guys who does at least his fare share when it comes to our household and family, often he does more. That frees up some time.
As a teacher, I also get several weeks off in the summer. That's when I get most of my writing done.
Still, I can't really answer exactly how I do it, or more importantly, why. It's not like I have a huge, lucrative book contract waiting for me. Yet, when someone reads one of my books and likes it, or when I've visited book clubs, or when I've gotten a good review from someone - well, nothing feels better.
But I guess the most important of it for me is that I enjoy sitting down at my computer and writing about as much as I enjoy anything. It's just so fun... getting to invent a character, shape their world, and control their life. It's a release, and it's one I need. So I find the time because I really, really want to.
My books so far: