I want to thank you for being my guest here on Families Matter SFC blog). You are an inspiration to writers and publishers with all that you have accomplished.
What inspired you to write? I didn’t start off writing to become an author. I thought it would be a nice hobby while I stayed home with my kids as I stated before. As I started writing in my spare time and taking writing courses, the writing bug bit me. Next thing you know, I’m sending out manuscripts to publishers. I look back and think, why didn’t I start writing sooner in life. I really love doing what I do and wouldn’t trade working from home for anything.
Do you consider yourself a born writer? No, I don’t. I’m still learning new tricks of the trade when crafting a story. There are times stories or article ideas come to me and then other times…I have to do writing prompts to help spark an idea or thought. But I don’t mind not being a born writer. It’s fun learning from my mistakes.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it? I can’t say I suffer from writer’s block in the way most writers do. I suffer from not having enough time in my day to jot everything down that comes to mind. Then when I do get the chance to sit and writer, I find it hard to remember the thought or idea I once had. I guess that’s kind of like writer’s block.
Have you had any training to become a writer? Yes, I’ve taken writing classes and workshops. And even though I teach writing courses now, I still attend conferences and take workshops. You never know if someone has some information you didn’t know about or has a better way of doing something you already know.
Do your children inspire any of books, characters, or plots? Yes, of course they do. My book “Babysitting SugarPaw” is based off my childhood and my son’s a little bit. I have another book which is based completely off my middle daughter. A lot of my short stories in magazines are also based off family members like my dad or mom. I think it is hard to keep your family or friends out of your books completely.
Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary, tell us about your publisher, and also how you got the idea for this book. My current book is “Babysitting SugarPaw” and is a picture book for children of all ages, even though picture books are for ages 3 to 8 mostly. What makes my book unique is the story teaches about friendship and honesty while a little bear named SugarPaw is left with a babysitter for the first-time. Bonnie Whiskers is a first-time babysitter and so together they learn about each other and how spending time with a babysitter can be fun…as long as you follow the rules or tell the truth.
It’s a great book for babysitters to take along and read to the child they are watching or for parents to read with children being left with a babysitter or caregiver. And if you like to create mischief…you’ll love this picture book, too.
What is the most difficult part of writing? Finding the time to sit down and just write. I’m busy as an editor for Halo Publishing and my small company Stories for Children Publishing. When I’m not spending time working on assignments or tasks for either one, I’m busy being a mom. My son fences, so that takes up a lot of our time at night. My middle daughter is in soccer and swimming, and the baby is just fun to go on walks with or build towers of blocks with.
Do you find it hard to balance your personal writing time with your other jobs? Yes, very much so. I wish there was a way to get more hours in the day to do everything I would love to do, but there isn’t. Finding balance can be very hard even if you don’t have children or a full time job as a writer. Life happens and you can’t stop it from getting in your way from time to time. The trick is to steal those small amounts of time to jot down a sentence, scene or thought. Then when you can, carve some time to just sit and weave them together into a story.
Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them? I have two picture books almost ready to be submitted to publishers. I also have two YA novels I’ve been working in when I get the chance. One of them is in rough draft form. Meaning it’s my first draft and no one will ever see it until I’ve made a billion revisions. LOL. The other is only outlined, but the story likes to play as a movie in my head at night when I’m sleeping. I guess I need to write it soon before I get locked up in the padded room.
Tell us about your writing space? My office is fun place to be. It’s kind of like the second family room of our house. I have my desk area and to my right is my kid’s desk/computer area. I also have a futon/couch, TV and Wii system in my office. My kids like to play games while I work. It’s nice because they still get to visit with me and I get some work done at the same time.
What is the most difficult part of writing for children? Letting others read my work. Sounds funny I know, especially since I’m an editor, however, I’m never totally happy with my work. I have a hard time letting it go and sending it out for submission.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Of course, keep writing and reading. Never give up on your dreams. Surround yourself with people who will lift you and support your goals. Don’t give up and come visit me in the World of Ink at http://vsgrenier.com or http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/
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