Since starting this blog, I’ve had so many stories about our adventures on Copperhead Farm to tell that I’ve neglected to talk about my books. Gasp! I was invited to participate in a blog interview and figured that this would be a perfect opportunity to share that side of my life with you.
What are you working on right now?
A young-adult paranormal novel. It’s a total departure from everything I’ve written so far, but it has been fun. Especially since it’s a collaboration with my husband. We will release it under a pen name, and we’re currently arguing about keeping it a secret or not.
As far as a new children’s book, I’m working with my publisher to get Breakfast is for the Birds released this fall/winter. It’s in the illustration phase.
How does Breakfast is for the Birds differ from other works in its genre?
It’s for an older group of children than my first book. The reading level and interest level fit with young elementary-school students. It’s an early chapter book.
Here are a few lines from the story:
Mama dung beetle yelled from the family burrow, “Dinner time, my little scarabs! Come and get it while it’s still warm!”
“Mom, can’t we have something other than poop?” asked the oldest dung beetle.
Mama dung beetle had had enough. “You know, it could be worse. If we were humans, we would eat meatballs.”
“What’s a meatball?” the youngest dung beetle whispered to his sister.
“I don’t know, but it sounds gross,” she replied.
The beetles decided that their dinner wasn’t so bad after all, and dug in.
My first book, Sleep My Child, is intended to be read aloud just as early as the parent wishes to begin. Some start while still pregnant. I started reading to my son as soon as I could sit him on my lap. He is nine and his brother is six, and we still read at bedtime. We all miss it when we don’t get our reading time together.
*Getting on my soap box* Even if your children can read for themselves, it’s still important (and fun!) to read to them. How else are you going to justify reading fun children’s books? I even wrote a poem about it.
Why do you write what you do?
Frustration! My children’s books are born out of total exasperation with my children. Somehow, my frustration comes out as positive and silly stories. I have no idea how that happens.
Sleep My Child: my baby was fighting sleep
Breakfast is for the Birds: picky eaters
Horrible Hal of Halitosis: sibling rivalry and constant fighting
(Horrible Hal is finished, I just need to submit it to publishers! I really procrastinate this step. Rejection is no bueno.)
Other stories that my husband and I are working on come from dinner conversations. He really is full of ideas! Most of them are crazy. Just crazy enough.
How does your writing process work?
Writing times are few and far between. So, the process starts with reading back into the story to see what’s in print and what’s still in my head. That’s really my biggest obstacle. Writing main points on a calendar to establish a time line and check off significant events really helps.
When the kids leave for school and the house is quiet, Katie (my Rottweiler) curls up beside my desk, and I write. Until the kids come home and the peace and quiet is shattered. Chaos ensues until they go to sleep.
(I really do love my boys! But they’re…you know…BOYS! <3)
Look for these authors next week:
Monday, September 23rd, the following (very talented) children’s authors will continue the blog tour and answer the same questions. Enjoy!