Interview with Constance Messmer

Describe your desk
My writing desk is actually a wooden picnic table that never made it outside.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Midwest neighborhood, second house from a wooded ravine. Plus, my family spent summer vacations on a lakeside campground in Wisconsin. Outdoors or indoors, I was often daydreaming, making up games with friends, and talking with ghosts or the family dog. These times and my continued love and kindred spirit connection to nature are at the core of my writing c.a.m.p. shorts.
When did you first start writing?
I first started putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard in college where I got an A+ in my poetry writing class. Before then, the stories played out only in my head and later to my children at bedtime, and very long car trips.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get my stories out in a way that was psychically accurate, authentic, and timely. Becoming an indie author allowed me the freedom to do those desires justice.
How do you approach cover design?
My friend, Eileen O'Donnell illustrates all of my book covers. She is a talented artist who puts up with me asking her to create illustrations for my c.a.m.p. shorts.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Peck, Kathi Appelt, and Jerry Spinelli -to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My characters haunt me, my children inspire me, and my dog pesters me. They all seem to say, "Come ahn, let's go!"
Published 2015-08-06.
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Books by This Author

Some Dogs Talk
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,680. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Visionary & Metaphysical, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A Modern Dog Magazine Book Club pick! Some Dogs Talk aims to accurately teach animal communication within realistic fiction. Due to its content and delivery, this story is equally appealing to a wide age group. -While he suffers the challenges to prove animal communication is a skill that he is capable of, Tony tries to teach and convince disbelievers along the way, himself included.
Blocks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal, Fiction » Children’s books » Visionary & Metaphysical
Although she had been told that everyone can talk with the dead, Trina has tried, but it never works for her. Not really. She's ready to find out if it's true that Macy can. In this very short story from c.a.m.p. shorts readers get a glimpse into life at c.a.m.p.