Hello all!!! My friend, Cheryl Malanrinos, asked me to participate in this “blog hop interview.”
The idea is this: She sent me some interview questions, which I answer, and then at the end I tag 3 other writers who will in turn answer the same questions on their blogs next week.
I hope you will find this interesting and informative and maybe a little fun. Can’t wait to see what my friends say!
1. What are you working on right now?
Right now I have several pbs I’m revising. I don’t have a current work in progress, but I’m actively included in the 12×12 group hosted by Julie Hedlund. This is a group where we write 12 new manuscripts in 12 months. So far I’m 6 for 6 this year!!!!
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I try to be diversified in my writing. I like to be different and keep things interesting. One manuscript is about the farm that I live on. Another manuscript is about my son in the army and how it affects us. Yet another manuscript is about a cowgirl who daydreams about different places and people she has never seen.
3. What experiences have influenced you?
Every experience influences me in some way. Moving, loosing love ones, having family reunions, eating ice cream on a hot summer day. EVERYTHING! 🙂
4. Why do you write what you do?
I tell everyone I’m a Toys R Us Kid. I don’t wanna grow up. I’m a forever 4 1/2 year old. BUT REALLY? Children have a special way of looking at the world. So many of them don’t see color of skin, or differences of clothes, or the different accents, or handicaps as disabilities. Children feel things deep and will tell you how they see it. What a better age to reach out to, to see the world as they see it, to love like they love and to hopefully touch their hearts and minds and change them for the better.
5. How does your writing process work?
I get an idea. I let it stew. I write it out long hand. (YEP, pencil and paper!) I will go through several drafts long hand. Eventually I’ll type it up on my pc. Then I revise, revise, revise, revise until it is ready.
6. What is the hardest part about writing?
Wow, I think it is my own self-doubt. Is it a good idea? Does my story stink? Is it ready? Will an editor like it? Is it publishable? Yeah, I would say self-doubt is pretty hard.
7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
I would like to try writing mid grade or young adult one day. I have two ideas on paper, but they haven’t gotten very far in over seven years.
8. Who are the authors you most admire?
Eve Bunting is on top of my list. She has written about everything across the board. She writes it all!
9. What scares you?
Besides my hubby sneaking up behind me and poking me in the ribs? hahahahha! (He’s a stinker!)
I would say spiders. Not the big ones mind you. I can see them coming. It’s the itty bitty ones that come out of now where that will get me screaming. And I know that makes NO SENSE what so ever seeing as though as I have written an alphabet book on spiders. But would you believe it has actually helped me with my phobia? Who would have thought! I still don’t like them though.
OK, so now I need to tag three writing friends of mine. Let me see, who can be a great guinea pig??? OH!!!! Cynthia Lord because of the guinea pig reference. ha!), Mona Pease (on of my dearest and firstest writer friends!), and Connie Fleming (one talented writing & acting lady!)… are you all game???? I will send you the questions and you’ll have to let everyone know the link!
Hope you all enjoyed that. hahahaha.
Great interview, Tracey. I’ve enjoyed watching your 12 x 12 posts. I’m trying to finish my 6th one right now. Probably won’t happen until we’re at the beach.
Keep up the great work.
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I too don’t want to grow up and am a children’s author. 🙂
Enjoyed your interview!
Love this interview. I have a child’s brain. 😉