I would like to thank you for being my guest on my blog. I am
really excited to get to know you more and to inform the readers of my blog of your many talents. I will be mostly focusing on your
writing habits and how you developed them today.
Thanks so much for having me.
It’s my pleasure Cheryl!
What inspired you to write?
I’ve always loved writing. I was one of those odd kids who even
enjoyed writing reports or outlining chapters. Mysteries and
historical novels have always been some of my favorites. When I
was younger, I wrote Scooby Doo type mysteries and a bit of
poetry. My first completed manuscript was mainstream women’s
fiction and based loosely upon the lives of me and my two sisters.
Right now, I am focusing on writing for children. I want to write
books my kids will want to read.
Do you consider yourself a born writer?
A born writer like Stephen King, Mark Twain, or William
Shakespeare? No. I write because I have to; I wouldn’t feel
complete without my writing. I still struggle with certain aspects
of the craft, so, I am constantly working to improve these areas.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you
I don’t, but I think that’s because my time is so limited. I can’t
afford to waste it. The other reason is that my ideas brew for quite
a long time before they make their own onto my PC.
The few times the words didn’t come as easily as I wold like, I
critiqued another writer’s work or went for a walk.
Have you had any training to become a writer?
When I decided to embark upon a career in writing, I enrolled in
the Breaking Into Print Program offered by Long Ridge Writers
Group. I graduated in December 2005 and soon began working for
online magazines to create time management and organizational
For fiction writing, the majority is self-taught, using tons of
practice, writing workshops, and reading books on craft.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
Other than finding ideas for children’s books, I’ve always
struggled with showing versus tellin. It takes me many tries to get
it right. Luckily, I love editing. Feedback from my critique groups
is very helpful too.
Do you find it hard to balance your personal writing time with
your other job(s)?
Even as organized as I am, I find I over commit and feel
overwhelmed. My job with Pump Up Your Book! Doesn’t leave a
lot of writing time, so I have to take advantage of whatever time I
can find during the week.
My schedule is such that I work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. most days of
the week, and then a tiny bit on weekends. I am most productive
after the girls go to bed. So, I put in a few hours then too.
What is the creative process like? What happens before sitting
down to write?
It takes me a long time to get ready to write. Ideas usually stew
with me for a year or more. Not a way to be very productive, but
as a character-driven reader, I feel I need to get to know my
characters and their motivations well before sitting down to tell
their stories. I interview them, brainstorm with other writers, and
perform my research before I type the first word.
Author Website: http://ccmalandrinos.com
Blog Address: http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com
Twitter URL: http://twitter.com/ccmalandrinos
Publisher Website: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com
Amazon.com Book URL: http://www.amazon.com/Little–
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