I do not approach ideas, they approach ME. I'll be minding my own business, snoozing and drooling on my pillow--don't judge; you know you drool too!--when all of a sudden BAM! POW! An idea clubs my sleeping brain over its head, and I wake up going "Wowser." Then I scramble to write down as much of the dream as I can remember before it evaporates into the ether.
The idea for In a Pickle came to me while I was cat-sitting. The thought of a time-traveling cat tickled me, but alas, Thomasin did not make it into the final draft.
Q: Are you a plotter or pantser (in other words, do you go into a project with an outline/deep understanding of the plot, or do you just wing it)?
I am mostly a planter: I have a vague idea of how things work out, but I usually go in without an outline.
Q: Where and when do you write?
I write in my office/bedroom whenever I like. I really have no set schedule (unless there's a looming deadline.) I've been known to write at odd hours, sometimes as late as three in the morning.
Q: Where can I buy In a Pickle?
Q: Is In a Pickle available in print?
Sadly, for the foreseeable future, In a Pickle will remain in e-formats.
Q: What are you writing now?
As of 4/29/14, I am working on another middle grade novel. This one's about kids who get superpowers, one of my favorite tropes of all time.
Q: I'm a writer and would like to be published. Any advice?
1) Finish and edit before submitting your work ANYWHERE (getting a beta reader is a good idea.) 2) Do your research about agents, editors, the market, etc. 3) Follow agent/editor guidelines TO A T. 4) If you're rejected (and everyone is at some point), do NOT contact the agent asking them why. It's considered rude and pushy.
And, last but not least, don't give up. When you amass rejection letters, mope for a day and then get back at polishing and submitting. Who knows? You might be the next _______.
Any other questions? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org