Whether I am writing for adults or children, my focus is to leave the reader not only with a nugget of knowledge, but that they are in some way wiser, stronger in character and more able to make wise decisions. I believe humor helps us learn more easily so you will find I use it liberally!
How many books have you written?
I’ve written 3 for adults and about 10 for children...3 of them are published.
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
Editing is tedious for me...but the marketing aspects of writing bewilder and nearly overwhelm me. So, I am very thankful for my friend and publisher. She keeps me on task and grounded!
Do you ever get discouraged?
Yes, but not with the writing as much as with my energy level which impacts how much I can do on any given day.
How do you overcome it?
I’ve learned that the fastest way to come out of a physical or mental slump is to be gracious and give myself permission to recover at whatever pace my body sets for me. I’ve also learned that growing joy in relationships kick-starts energy.
What inspired you to write this book?
My husband urged me to write a sequel to the first book in the Sassy Pants series. He argued that she was so naughty in the first book that I should give her the opportunity to redeem herself. But I didn’t have another story in me. I even asked God’s help in convincing him there were no more stories, and that was when God downloaded the rest of the series. So...here we are!
Do you have any other books in the works?
Yes, there is an adult devotional that is in process and at least 3 more children’s books in this series.
Do you talk to your characters?
Yes! Of course, that’s how I find out what is going on with them. Some of the characters in the novels I’ve not yet written will step out periodically and ask if I’m ready to start. I hate to send them back, but I have to finish publishing these children’s stories. Then I will be free to begin the research.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
When you have an urge from God, an inspiration or idea, start writing as fast as you can. Don’t worry about grammar and spelling—fix that later when the inspiration is spent. Then go to someone whom you trust “with the things precious to you” and have them read it. Ask for an honest reaction/critique. You can become so involved with what you write—you know what you mean—that you can miss important transitions and places that need further clarification. You can make connections in your mind that you have not put down on paper, which can leave readers scratching their heads. Another writer friend can point these places out for you.
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I have had the pleasure of interviewing many authors - some well known - some not. I have a standard questionnaire that I send out via email to all authors requesting interviews. On the questionnaire, which I try to update from time to time, are about twenty questions. I ask each author to answer no more than eight because I may have follow up questions to ask them. The best thing about email interviews (aka blog posts) are that you can take your time answering them, whereas a live interview might cause an embarrassing brain blip. For example - you forget the name of your book - which I did - on the radio - and it wasn't pre-recorded. Yes, I was having one of those days. But with an email interview you only need to answer the questions and make sure you have done a proper edit.
How Do Blog Interviews Work?
You have just released your first book, sent out your press releases and now you are getting requests for interviews. If all goes well you will receive interview requests for t.v., radio, newspapers and blog posts. Blog posts? Can they even generate excitement about your book? That all depends on how you treat the questions sent to you.
Not quite. You need to infuse your personality into your interview as well. Let your readers get to know you. Pretend it's a radio interview. How you answer the questions says a lot about you. For example, one worded answers make you sound like an automaton. I have asked the question, "How many books have you written?" and received this answer, "Two." Instead of jumping at the opportunity to promote their other books, the author showed a lack of interest in promoting their work and/or a lack of interest in an email interview. If that is the case - don't agree to do one. If you don't have the time to answer questions in written form, don't agree to an email interview in the first place.
How to Make Your Blog Interview Great