Busy you say..........what could you have been doing that you couldn't get a simple blog post up? Well......I read nine other writers full manuscripts for a wonderful writer's retreat we attended at Avalon, NJ.
I polished two of my own manuscripts to be read by awesome agents that attended above retreat.
I critiqued and posted poems for The Poet's Garage.
I submitted my seasonal poem to Children's Writer.
I queried several agents with my latest completed novel.
And I went to NYC to support my godson, who was a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
So, now, I can post the author blog hop.....hop....hippity hop..... and because I'm so late, I'm going to introduce you to one fantastic writer instead of three, but first a word from our sponsor...........ME!
I will answer the 4 mandatory questions and then turn the blog over to ROXANNE WERNER.
So first things first, I was asked to participate in this AUTHOR'S BLOG HOP by not one, but two awesome writers, both whom I'm happy to say have been critique partners of mine. One, Lori Mortensen, was in my very first crit group, THE SLUSHSLASHERS, when I branched out from picture books to novels and the other, Anita Nolan, is currently one of my critique partners in the YA WONDERWRITERS.
Lori is very published and you can view her books on her website - www.lorimortensen.com.
And Anita runs a fantastic blog at www.anitanolan.wordpress.com
So here are the answers to my four questions:
1. What are you currently working on?
So, I have completed 5 novels over the past 10 years. Now, I am about to start a new one and for the first time I'm using an outline. New for me, since I'm primarily a "panster." I used to think it would tie me down and not let my creativity take over, but I was wrong. The creativity still comes, it just comes at a different time, so I can brainstorm the entire novel before I'm actually in it, because when I get in a new novel, I'm totally immersed in the new world and the characters. This way, I at least know in what direction I'm headed. Will keep you posted on my results later this year. Oh, it will be another YA, but a genre I've never tried before..........a psychological thriller. YIKES!!!!!
2. How does it differ from other works in the genre?
The MC will be a teen boy, for one thing. And another, it's a story with a vastly different dynamic than those I've written before. As for comparing it to what's already out there. There doesn't seem to be too many written at the YA level, so this should be both a unique and challenging story for me to write..........and boy I love a challenge! :)
3. Why do you write what you do?
I've always read since I was a young girl and then being a teacher, training prospective early childhood education and elementary teachers. What I found is that my students didn't like to read unless it was relevant to them, so in the course of my writing, I have written stories that incorporated their interests.
Retold Fairy Tales - RATGIRL: Song of the Viper (Pied Piper), The Storyteller's Daughter (Scheherazade) and ROCK STAR SANTA, a new take on the Night Before Christmas set to a lyrical rhythm.
Now, I will be creating a dark, suspenseful novel that includes a love story and a surprise ending..... What is it you ask?
You'll have to wait until I'm finished writing it. :)
4. What is the hardest part about writing?
Keeping all the fantastic ideas in some type of tangible file, because it's always in your head, but you can't always count on your memory to keep it reserved in the precise way you want to present it, so.........computer files, oodles of lined tablets, and composition notebooks help keep things organized.
And now for the hop to Werner's Woods............