Saturdays are a good day for catch up, so I'm going to respond to a few of the Author Blog Challenge prompts that I've missed.
Describe how the idea for your book first came to you. Where were you? Who was the first person you told? How did they respond?
I always loved writing and reading and the idea of writing a book was always in the back of my mind. But it was the journey into the unknown called motherhood that spurred me to action. Overwhelmed with a new baby and living far away from my mother, a family story started brewing.
Then it hit me... I wanted to write a mother-daughter tale with my mother. Two women writing women. It would be the perfect gift for my precious daughter. Mom was game and we went for it. Thanks to life (two more children in four years for me), Depression Cookies took ten years from thought to publication.
Describe your outline process for your book. What do you do to stay organized?
I am currently writing two books. Mom and I are writing the follow up to Depression Cookies, and I am writing a young adult book. Mom and I have such a mother-daughter outline process, it's called chatting on the phone and working it out. Plus, we know our characters so well at this point, it comes naturally.
On my YA book, I am still playing around with outlining. It's my first solo-writing effort. I furiously jot down notes as ideas come to me. I use note cards for different scenes, and I have a Word document filled with scene ideas, character descriptions, and story arc.
I love reading all the story organization suggestions by other writers. Now I just have to find my own groove.
Describe the research process for your book. Did you interview people? Travel? How prominent a role did the Internet play? If you didn’t do new research, how did you learn what you needed to know to write your book?
I am spoiled by the Internet, I must admit. But nothing beats first-hand experience, so I do look for experts in the field as well. When I started blogging, I never dreamed that it would open the connections it has. When I have a burning question, I put it out there. It's like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, somebody always knows somebody you need.
I'm loving the Author Blog Challenge and meeting so many wonderful writers. I'm hoping to use my beach time to catch up on my blog reading and commenting.
If you love a book, do you want to know the author's story? How many times have you searched for information on an author?