Here’s one important lesson I’ve learned: If you quit when you feel discouraged, you’ll never find out what you could have done if you’d stuck with it instead.
Or, even better: The ONLY way to fail is to quit!
Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.
Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
Skypony Press is an independent publisher; Skypony is the children's division of Skyhorse Press. I discovered that they were interested in books with special needs themes, and I asked my agent to submit to the editor, Julie Matysik. After taking the book to an acquisitions meeting, Julie sent over an offer which I was thrilled to accept!
How did you get the idea for this book?
What is a typical writing day like for you?
On a typical writing day, I spend two hours in the morning, 4-5 days a week, working on a draft or revising. If ideas are flowing, then I'll spend more than that, working again in the evening after children have gone to bed.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The best part of writing is when I lose myself in my characters and I get to follow them to see where they'll take me. I also love the revision stage--going back through each scene and figuring out ways to make the writing stronger.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
How has publishing a book changed your life?
If your book is based on true events, how has that affected those around you or why made you choose to use historical events?
What are your plans now?
What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
My best tip? Read and write. Read and study fine examples of children's literature. Be prepared to listen to expert feedback and to cut some scenes and characters you love! And, if you don't make the time to sit down and write, the book inside your head will never get written!
Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?