Monday, October 14, 2013

Kidlit Blog Tour


 
I was asked by the lovely Becky Shillington over at Tapestry of Words to take part in a blog tour in which writers answer questions about their writing. And what writer doesn't love to talk about their made-up worlds and characters dear to their hearts? =)

1. What are you working on right now?
 
A House Divided, a YA historical fantasy set in Charleston, SC, right before the battle over Fort Sumter. It involves gryphons, verandas, languid fanning, spying, and parties. Yes, dahling.
 
2. How does A House Divided differ from other works in its genre?
 
Well...I guess the way it differs is that I've taken history and jumbled it about w/mythological creatures that I don't think have been seen alot in fiction(as of yet): gryphons. And boy, do I love them! I want one of my own. You can fly on them...and now you want one too, don't you?  
 
3. Why do you write what you do?
 
I love to read YA, so therefore it's what I naturally gravitate towards when writing.
 
4. How does your writing process work?
 
I outline loosely, getting down on paper the 'big' scenes that come to me when I first start brainstorming(Imagination Movers, anyone?). Then after that I just start writing, adjusting or adding or cutting as I go.

5. Any departing words of wisdom for other authors?
 
Never eat yellow...oh. Not that kind of wisdom! ;) Well, I'm no expert on writer wisdom, but here goes: Go w/what feels right. If it's writing everyday- cool beans. If it's not- cool beans. I think we've all read a million times(and it's so true) that what works for one person, won't always work for another. Find your individuality in the way you approach your writing, so that you're not struggling to fit a mold that isn't you. And as w/everything, there will be good days and there will be bad days. But I promise you especially bad days if you eat yellow snow.
 
And now here are three other fantastic writers, who will be talking about their writing on October 21st. Make sure to check them out!
 
 
Happy Monday everyone!
 

22 comments:

  1. I can't wait to blog next week for the tour! Your WIP sounds awesome!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading it! And thanks- I just hope I can translate all that awesome into the manuscript. *bites nails*

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  2. I definitely want a gryphon now. Pretty please? Your WIP sounds amazing!!

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    1. I'll try and send one your way. ;) And thanks!

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  3. "I've taken history and jumbled it about w/mythological creatures". Love it!! Great idea, and I love when fantasy and reality collide. It's my favorite kind of story to read.

    No yellow snow? PHEW thank goodness you warned me! ;)

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    1. You're very welcome. Also to be on the safe side, you should avoid any and all colored snow. Just sayin'. =0)

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  4. Leandra, Thanks so much for joining in the blog tour! Your answers are great, and your YA WIP sounds *wonderful*!!! I seriously can't wait to read it! = )

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! It's coming along...slooowly. =)

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  5. You're right. You do have to go with what feels right. Unless...that involves eating yellow snow. ;)

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    1. Me too! I would love to see more of them in literature. Well...maybe after my gryphon manuscript is published(crosses fingers, holds breath), then the market can become flooded w/it. ;)

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  7. Your book sounds great! Best of luck with it!

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    1. Thanks, I'll take all the luck I can get!

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  8. Your book sounds fantastic, Leandra. :)

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