Saturday, November 26, 2011

Inner Workings of a Writer

November is self-interview month on the Blog Tour.  So I will attempt to ask creative questions and give honest answers.  I hope this will offer insight into my mind for myself as well.  Here we go:

What genre do you read?
I mainly read Young Adult novels because that is what I tend to write.  I do read Chick Lit as well as Classics.  However, I feel it keeps me current in topic and dialogue if I read what is being published now.

Do you have a favorite author?
Yes and no.  Since writing in first person is hard for me, I greatly admire Barry Lyga.  He does so with such style.  A true inspiration.  In general, though, I tend to like several authors.  Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Maureen Johnson, Alice Walker and many more.

Where do you get your subject matter from?
Simply from the state of affairs in our society today. As well as watching things in my own life unfold.  My husband always says your life is the best writing fodder.  I agree.  A very awesome story came out of a birthday dinner last year.  Look all around.  There are stories everywhere.

What topics are the most important to you?
I tend to deal with mental issues in teens.  From cutting to homosexuality to eating disorders.  I have seen at least one deal with each of these types of issues.  I know how the real situation occurs and I attempt to offer a learning experience that does not mirror that one but is also not a "happy" ending.  I do not believe sugar coating the consequences teaches teens anything.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband, Dan, of course.  He is my writing drill sargent.  He keeps me going and makes it possible that I can write.  I have friends also who are supportive which helps.

I hope this look into my brain and the logic I follow has enlightened you.  Right now I am writing about Bulimia which is a subject near and dear to my heart.  I wish you all a great weekend and healthy eating.

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