Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Creative Process

I am participating in a blog tour that is sort of like a relay race among bloggers who are also writers or illustrators.  My friend, writer illustrator Cheryl Pilgrim, featured me on her blog ( and asked me to answer the questions below.  I, in turn, will feature another writer friend, and the chain will go on…
Now on to my creative process:
What am I working on now?
If you click on the “Work in progress” tab of my website, you can see a list of the stories I have written and/or which are in the process of being rewritten or revised.  I have a few additional projects that are sort of in pre-production such as a non-fiction book about phytoplankton, another story about Santa Claus that has a little twist to it, and a story about a mouse who lives in a very unexpected place in London.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I love quirky characters.   I am a huge fan of Mac Barnett’s books.  I love to write characters who aren’t afraid to be themselves even if that means they are different.
Why do I write what I do?
I love children’s literature because even if the content gets a little real (which is admittedly rare in picture books, but common in middle grade and young adult novels)  the story always ends on a hopeful note.  There is so much despair and violence in the world already, I don’t really want to write more of it into existence.  I like stories that focus on the positive ideas and values that unite us as human beings.
How does my writing process work?
I find a quiet place and start writing.  The words don’t always come quickly.  Sometimes I stare at the computer screen.  Other times I make coffee, do laundry, take a walk, or browse the internet.  Eventually, if I keep writing, the words begin to flow and a story takes shape.
Stay tuned next month for my blog post featuring the next stop on the tour.

1 comment:

  1. My mind is a total blank at the moment. But I feel like if I don't write a comment now, you will worry this post wasn't as good. It is!