This page is dedicated to questions asked at school visits, writer events, or over a cup of coffee that was too good to not share. If you have a question about writing or life or the writing life please feel free to drop a comment.
Q: What advice can you give to a teen who wants to write?
A: Don’t want to write. Just write. Start now. That story that’s swimming in the back of your mind? Be brave! Tackle that blank screen/page. But also . . .
Q: What do you find the hardest part about writing?
A: I call writing a wonderful torture. It is torture to come up with a new idea, and it’s wonderful when one comes.
It’s torture to research the topic, but it’s wonderful when the pieces start to come together.
It’s torture to be vulnerable and put your work out there for others to see, but it’s wonderful to get feedback, especially when it’s constructive.
You get the picture.
But the truly hard part for me is when I have to put my character through things that I know will hurt her. Anything that causes her to feel heartache, fear, rejection, sorrow, etc, is painful for me to write. So I relish in the victories, the overcomings, the pushing throughs. Seeing a character I love get to the other side of her trials is extremely satisfying, even when it’s hard to write.