Children’s Blog Hop

 My writer-illustrator friend, Samantha Bell, tagged me in this Blog Hop, having children’s authors answer 4/9 questions.

Here is a link back to Samantha:

And here are my choices and answers:

Why do you write what you do?

I’m interested in just about everything in life – people, places, things. I love figuring out why people do what they do and history or fantasy worlds are safe places to explore this. Mostly, I’m a story-teller-teacher, and want others to learn about and feel and understand other people.

What experiences influence you?

I’m an outdoors sort, so anything outside, any season, any place, has an impact on me. Being inside a house is more for futuristic science fiction writers who don’t mind the house sounds. I used to like reading only fiction, particularly fantasy; but since getting into genealogy several years ago, it made me wonder what my ancestors saw, did, or were influenced by. So now I love non-fiction and research as well as fantasy.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on 2 ½ manuscripts. One is raw writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a YA fantasy collaboration with my son in Arizona. Two is a revision a MG historical fiction which takes place in a logging camp. ½ is waiting to hear if I make the second round of editors for another YA fantasy and then work on the revisions (ever the hopeful).

What is the hardest part about writing?

The hardest part of writing for me is sitting down and writing out the story. My imagination is always active, but taking the time out to sit and write in order to share with others is difficult when I’d rather be outside playing and exploring. (I take up the BIC HOK TAM philospophy of writing when I’m self-disciplined enough.)

AND NOW… Unlike the real game of tag when you don’t have a chance to say no unless you are on base, I’m afraid to say that none of the five authors I tagged responded that they would be willing to continue this. SO… the Children’s Blog Hop stops here. I could spend additional time listing a couple dozen children’s authors, editors or agents blogs I get a lot out of, but I need to get back to NaNoWriMo now.

If anyone is interested in pondering or posting them onto your own blog, here are the nine questions:

1. What are you working on right now?
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
3. Why do you write what you do?
4. What is the hardest part about writing?
5. How does your writing process work? What does your work day look like? What would you like to try as a writer but haven’t?
7. What experiences influence you?
8. Who are authors you most admire?

9. Any words of wisdom for other authors?

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