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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Hi, all! I just had a great time talking with 99.1 Family Radio in Ontario, Canada. I was especially impressed at how well the interviewer knew the books. If you're a reader of my books, or maybe a parent wondering how to inspire your child to read, check out the interview.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Lady Beth just emailed me an interview and I thought other readers might enjoy this peak into my past--a little insight as to how I got so whacked-out in the head. ;-)
Did you take any college classes to become a writer and if so what classes did you take?
I didn't get a degree in creative writing; my degree was in English/Education so that I could teach English and Reading. There was, after all, no guarantee that I would get published or be able to make living with my writing. That said, all those English grammar classes and literature classes really did help. I think the most helpful class for me was contemporary poetry. The teacher, a published poet named Kathy Mangan, was absolutely brilliant. She taught me so much about the importance of EVERY word, about the emotional power in every word, and about precise language.
|Bouncing baby bat at age 1. Note the footy pajamas. And that's my mom holding me.|
How did you find out you wanted to be a writer?
6th grade. The school had a Halloween short story contest and I won a big chocolate cat! Writing = chocolate, what's not to like? Just kidding. That was the first hint that I loved to create with words. It wasn't until much later that I began to think writing was maybe something God wanted me to do. I started writing stories for my students, and I began to see that these stories were having an impact on my students. The lights came on.
|Me, age 8. I'm a little excited. Note the lovely 70's curtains!|
Did you want to be a 'funny and funky' writer or did you want to be a 'serious and mysterious' writer?
Sweet, original question. I think more the serious and mysterious. I've always had a knack for thinking up creepy or just plain "odd" situations. Scenes that scream out for some kind of search or question. I have at least 20-30 story concepts waiting in a digital folder. Hopefully, God willing, I will get to write them all.
|Tons of adventures as a kid. Many of these were in Panama City, Florida, with my best friend Hal. Incidentally, Hal was a little bit of a model for Robby Pierson in The Door Within Trilogy.|
Did you always have a crazy imagination when you were a kid?
|This shot was from the "Band Days," about 1985 thru 1989. These guys are still best friends of mine.|
Yes, very much so. I was the 4th child, the last in line, the baby so to speak. My next nearest sibling was a whole 5 years older, so there wasn't a lot of playtime with siblings. I ended up playing by myself. I drew a ton--often getting in trouble in school for drawing in class! Oops. It might have had something to do with the fact that I was making WHOOSH sounds and laser beam sounds--aloud--while I was drawing. Double oops. And, if you happened to come by my house on a summer day, you might have scene me racing around with a Star Wars landspeeder in one hand and a Tie Fighter in the other. I constantly invented my own stories and plot lines. Imagine me up in a tree with Darth Vader saying to a crabapple, "Luke, I am your father." lol
Thanks for the great interview!
Thanks for the great interview!