A Writer's Blog Hop & Giveaway

Prize 1: four art postcards

One of my critique buddies, Elaine Kiely Kearns, tagged me in a blog hop. If you stick around and post a comment, I will give away two prizes: a set of art postcards and a new copy of SCBWI's The Book, a great resource for children's writers, listing publishers, agents, and other useful information. (This is an extra copy that I ordered after I mistakenly thought I lost mine). In your comment, mention which prize you would like to receive and I'll enter you into that drawing.

Prize 2: SCBWI's The Book

The rules for this blog hop: if you've been tagged, answer four of the following questions and tag three other writers:

1. What are you working on right now?
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
3. What experiences have influenced you?
4. Why do you write what you do?
5. How does your writing process work?
6. What is the hardest part about writing?
7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?
8. Who are the authors you most admire?
9. What scares you?

My answers to questions 1, 7, 8, and 9:

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a dummy for one of my picture book manuscripts, a couple of paintings that will be birthday presents, and researching a nonfiction picture book story that has local ties to where I live.

What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?

I am writing a heavily illustrated chapter book. It's slow going, but fun to have more than 500 words to work with.

Who are the authors you most admire?

Some favorite adult authors include: Haruki Murakami, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Some favorite kidlit authors include: Diana Wynn Jones, Phillip Pullman, Richard Peck, Kate DiCamillo, and Rebecca Stead. Favorite illustrators are David Wiesner, Ed Young, Sophie Blackall, and Jerry Pinkney.

What scares you?

Heights (because I sometimes have an irrational urge to jump); small holes in surfaces (gives me the willies; I imagine worms coming out); and drivers with cell phones.

Tag, You're It

These authors have excellent writing blogs. Check them out:

Romelle Broas - her blog features interviews with debut authors, writing tips, and good stuff about children's books

Lydia Kang's blog, The Word is My Oyster - features Medical Mondays, which covers unusual diseases and other medical information useful for writers; writing tips; and more. Lydia's debut YA sci-fi novel, CONTROL, is coming out in Dec. 2013.

 Livia Blackburne's A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing covers writing from a neuroscientist's perspective. Livia's debut YA fantasy novel, MIDNIGHT'S THIEF, is coming out in 2014.


Leave a comment below by noon Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and I will pick 2 winners. Please note in your comment whether you prefer The Book or the postcards. Happy writing to all.

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