Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary. (You can follow this up with any points you hope readers will take away with them)
I love writing. I love most creating characters and giving them really fun things to do or go through. I love writing because it takes me away to imaginative worlds. When I am writing, it is funny how that particular story stays with me. It is always on my mind, what the character should say or do or how the character would look or behave in certain situations.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
The most difficult part of writing for me is finding the time. Working full time as a teacher and having four school-aged children who all have after school activities make it difficult to find quality writing time. Because of this, I try to keep a pen and paper handy wherever I go. I also use the "notes" on my iphone, too, to capture my thoughts about stories and parts of a story I am working on...because sometimes I just never know where I'll be when just the right wording pops into my head! I do try, once the craziness of a day is done, to work on projects at night, when things are a bit more peaceful in my house!
Thus far, not much has changed, although it does make life exciting when friends and acquaintances start finding out about "my secret life" as an author and illustrator! Since my book is coming out on April 7th, I am looking forward to doing book signings and readings!
This book is not based on any historical events, but it is based on my family! And I must say...my kids love the fact that they are in a book and are very proud of the characters based on them (even though they are owls!)
My plans now are to continue writing and illustrating! I have two stories I am currently working on and getting ready to submit to publishers...so we will see!
Take criticism and turn it into a positive. Whether it be from your kids, your husband or wife, your critique group or an editor, take their critiques and use them to your advantage. Separate yourself from your writing for a moment and really try to see what they are saying. It is so easy for us as writers to get attached to "our" writing that it is hard to let go or change. But, from change great things can emerge!
When people read "Megan Owlet" my hope is that they will come away with a happy feeling. I hope children and parents see the importance of family and how important supporting each other within a family is. When my children were younger, around three or four, they did not like books that had grumpy faces or arguing. So, I wanted to make this a happy story and show how siblings can come together for each other.