The law of unintended consequences. Seven years ago my son who was then in 6th grade wrote a short story. I enjoyed it so much that I turned it into a novel. I then wrote a sequel at the request of the kids who read the original story.(Trouble at Soaring Eagle is available on Kindle).
In the sequel I named a character for a neighbor’s 9 year old girl and said she was boy crazy. When her mother read the story to her she cried. She hated boys. I felt bad and asked what I might write about to make her smile. She said the girl, Eloise, liked to fly in her dreams.
The next day I began Flying Girl, the first book of what would eventually be a 12 book serial called Egg and the Hameggattic Sisterhood.
I never expected to publish my work. I kept writing because Eloise and other girls her age kept reading and enjoying the stories.
The storyline evolved over time. The first 6 books, written for 6 to 10 year olds, tells of Egg (the initials of my heroine) and the flying suit and mysterious jewelry given to her by her grandmother.
The last 6 books chronicles Egg’s journey to the mythical planet Aerianna to save that world from the evil Mobius. It is there she meets dragons, sea serpents and a host of other characters. These books are 2 to 3 times longer than the first six and are better suited for 8 to 10 year olds.
Egg’s adventure is all good, clean fun and based on experience with friends and relatives, a great series for moms and grandmothers to read to their child or grandchild.
What inspires you to write?
Egg and her sisters are like my children. I love to see them experience new challenges and find ways to triumph and to learn.
In the first book, Egg is turning 9. In the last book, she is 18. It’s been great fun watching her turn from a self-absorbed child into a leader and role-model.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve mentioned that I never outline a book. I just write whatever my characters tell me to write.
The most thought I give before I start writing is to the name of the series (in Egg and the Hameggattic Sisterhood there are four: The Quest, Zynn-Zaz’zia, The Serenity Deception and Sisterhood’s End). I only have a vague idea what I want to accomplish.
A few over-riding goals that I keep in mind: keep developing my heroine Egg, keep all the characters consistent from book to book, introduce new sisters while retiring others, make the books almost 100 percent dialogue, and of course make it fun and suspenseful.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. When I start a book (I’ve written 25 Egg and the Hameggattic Sisterhood novels) I only have the vaguest idea where the story is going. My characters take me to places, and do things, I never consciously thought about.
Many times I can’t stop writing because I’m dying to find out what happens.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t try to write the finished product . . . just get your ideas on ‘paper’. There’s plenty of time to go back and edit.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Until self-publishing became ‘a thing’, I never expected to be published. I was never writing for the money; I just wanted to entertain . . . and maybe inspire.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘big publishing houses’ try to capture Indie Authors who self-publish so that they can take a piece of the revenue pie for themselves . . . and perhaps discover great talent.
What do you use?
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What genres do you write?
children’s fantasy adventure, YA fantasy adventure
What formats are your books in?
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