What books have most influenced your life? This question makes me smile, because I keep a goodreads list of these. Other than Narnia and Hemingway’s portrayals of “grace under pressure,” I need to give Alice in Wonderland a shout. When I was a little girl, someone gave me Alice on records. No, it wasn’t a book on tape. It was a book on records. I was allowed to listen to them, very carefully, using my parents’ turntable, and I followed along in the accompanying hardcover book. That was magic, to me, and the story is magic still.
Have you started another book yet? Yes. Open Door is the first novel in a trilogy. The second, In Time, is already out. I’m revising the last novel, Out of Place, now. Next, I’ll do an outline for the novel I’m planning for NaNoWriMo.
Where do you see yourself in five years? At this rate, I just might get those dozen novels I wanted to have done! That’s what I’m shooting for, anyway.
What are some of the best tools available for writers, especially those just starting out? Get on twitter and start following other writers. Start with your favorites. Do the same thing on Facebook, but do that from your Facebook author page. It’s easy to set one up. That way, when you interact with your favorite authors on Facebook, they’ll know you are a fellow-writer. You learn a lot from watching pros use social media, and they will post links to essays and blog posts that inspire and teach them. You can get inspired, too.
When you end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I hope I will still feel I had something unique to contribute and that there are others I helped by making their journeys a little easier.
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Genre – Young Adult
Rating – PG/PG13