I was in the fourth grade, although I remember creating "newspapers" even earlier than that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about two sisters living in an 1840s canal town.
What is your writing process?
1. Preplan 2. Research 3. Write first draft long hand 4. Type draft 5. Do additional research 6. Revise multiple times
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Working on my own projects is never work. So, writing, in and of itself, is joy. I also find great joy in the research and planning stages.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I practice yoga daily. I also enjoy photography and travel.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Edith Wharton. You can find out why by visiting my blog post "Edith Wharton: Writing About Love, Hypocrisy and the Gilded Age" at http://www.melinadruga.com/edith-wharton-writing-about-love-hypocrisy-the-gilded-age/ .
What are you working on next?
I always have several projects -- fiction and nonfiction -- going at different stages of completion.
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