So it was more than a month ago that I had coffee with my friend Jeyn Roberts ostensibly to talk about her book DARK INSIDE. Sadly all we did was talk about other books we both loved, and some that we loved not so much. When we ran out of time I left her with some questions that she graciously answered, for a little peek into the life of an up and coming YA author.
1. How many “works in progress” do you have?
Currently I have four works in progress. Five, if you consider the one my agent is reading right now.
2. Are you still working on the sequel to DARK INSIDE or is that locked?
RAGE WITHIN is finished. All the final edits have been done. Yay!
3. How does your brain work? Do you have characters from all your stories floating around or do you focus on just one thing at a time?
I’m very schizophrenic when it comes to my characters. They’re in my brain way too often, especially when I’m trying to sleep. It’s even worse when we all start to argue amongst ourselves.
4. Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” and why?
I do very little plotting. Usually I’ll have a small idea that grows as I start to write. I never know my endings before I get there either. Only recently have I started writing down notes as they come to me. Most of the time I keep everything in my head but it’s gotten a bit crowded lately.
5. Do you think your agent thinks you’re crazy? Why or why not?
I think my agent thinks I’m like every other writer. She’s fantastic. I can babble away to her about ideas and she never hangs up the phone on me.
6. Who is the best teacher of “Writing for Children” ever and why?
Trick question. Alison Acheson. She’s the one and only.
7. If someone came up to you at a launch or a reading and said ‘I really want to be a writer” what would you say?
Oh boy. That’s a tough one. Never give up. If you love writing, keep writing. The best advice I can give is ‘be open to criticism.’ As writers, we get too close to our stories and make a lot of mistakes. Having others look at our work helps us grow. And get used to rejection. Don’t take it personally. It’s a path that every single writer must travel in order to reach the final goal of publication.