I do! It was called 'Porky and Beefy'. I wrote it when I was eight years old and I did all the illustrations as well! I spent so much time on that story...even turned down a bike-riding date with Terry, the boy I crushed on. Lol! Later it was published in Owl Magazine, pics and all! I was sooooo proud :):):)
What is your writing process?
I write pretty much all day, from about 8:30 to 3:30. Often, if I'm focussed on a real intense part I'll go even later...way past dinner if my daughter's not home and I don't have plans that night. I try not to write on weekends but often find myself daydreaming scenes and writing ideas on recipe cards and receipts in my purse etc.
I am highly visual so pictures are always great for inspiration. There is usually a first draft that is just getting the bones down. Then a second draft of filling in where I left things blank. The third is like icing or similar to when I was in the theatre and dressing the set and costumes. It's filled with all the lovely details. Later drafts are tweaks until I just can't look at it anymore and have to let it go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, there were two actually. The first was 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved that book. I still goosebump when I remember the moment he found the lucky ticket...the foil, the ticket, the words, the feeling, the excitement...everything. It was, and remains one of my all time favorite books.
The second was a book called 'Island of the Blue Dolphins'. It was the first time I cried reading a book and I was incredulous that I had been so taken, so emotional. I was also utterly inspired.
What do you read for pleasure?
Magical adventures. Love 'em!
When did you first start writing?
I have always written. Words have always spilled from me in some form, be it lyrics, poetry or prose. Though I only began to take my writing seriously in my twenties.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expression. It gets me out of myself and into the world. It feels amazing. Like I'm free and clear with nothing moving through me but timelessness.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love when a fan is like "oh my god, that part when...." or "I nearly died when..." or "I couldn't stop laughing/crying after she..." and it is the exact reaction that you had conjured and hoped to create. I love that sharesie, that alignment. It means I've connected, not only to readers but to myself, that I've done the thing I came here to do.
I love knowing someone is enjoying reading the books as much as I enjoyed writing them. There's such a synchronous give and take. It's awesome. Fans are awesome.
What are you working on next?
Book four of the Bone Grit Historeum! :):):)
Who are your favorite authors?
Man, so many! I love Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, Mary Stewart, Angie Sage, Megan Whalen Turner, Helen Simonson to start. And recently Paul Durham. But there are so so so many.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking outside with my dog. Reading. Hanging with my daughter... doing crafts or listening to music or baking something chocolate-y. I love having friends over. Gardening, singing, going to the theatre or a movie. Getting into deep conversations with my sister. Planning a Halloween/Christmas/Easter dinner. Marathon-ing Lord of the Rings. Meditating. Stretching.
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