I want to sincerely thank you for being my guest here on Inspiring Books and Products for Kids. You are such an inspiration to all writers and authors.
What inspired you to write?
I didn’t start off writing to become an author. I thought it would be a nice hobby while I stayed home with my kids. As I started writing in my spare time and taking writing courses, the writing bug bit me. Next thing you know, I’m sending out manuscripts to publishers. I look back and think, why didn’t I start writing sooner in life. I really love doing what I do and wouldn’t trade working from home for anything.
Do you consider yourself a born writer?
No, I don’t. I’m still learning new tricks of the trade when crafting a story. There are times stories or article ideas come to me and then other times…I have to do writing prompts to help spark an idea or thought. But I don’t mind not being a born writer. It’s fun learning from my mistakes.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?
I can’t say I suffer from writer’s block in the way most writers do. I suffer from not having enough time in my day to jot everything down that comes to mind. Then when I do get the chance to sit and writer, I find it hard to remember the thought or idea I once had. I guess that’s kind of like writer’s block.
Have you had any training to become a writer?
Yes, I’ve taken writing classes and workshops. And even though I teach writing courses now, I still attend conferences and take workshops. You never know if someone has some information you didn’t know about or has a better way of doing something you already know.
What type of books do you mostly write?
I tend to write picture books and YA novels. I would love to write chapter books, but for some reason I have a really hard time with that style of writing. Maybe one day I’ll somewhat master the technique.
Do your children inspire any of books, characters, or plots?
Yes, of course they do. My book “Babysitting SugarPaw” is based off my childhood and my son’s a little bit. I have another book which is based completely off my middle daughter. A lot of my short stories in magazines are also based off family members like my dad or mom. I think it is hard to keep your family or friends out of your books completely.
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