I’d like to thank my friend and fellow writer, Liza Wiemer for tagging me to be part of this blog tour. Liza’s had some excitement recently. Her agent, Stuart Krichevsky of Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, sold her debut YA novel to Patricia Riley at Spencer Hill Contemporary. The novel, HELLO?, is about five Wisconsin small town teens, whose lives intertwine when a grieving girl calls her dead grandmother’s old phone number. In an innovative use of free verse poetry, screenplay format, narration, and drawings, five narrators tell a story of hope, friendship, and redemption, Congrads, Liza!!
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Liza has had two adult non-fiction novels published, Extraordinary Guidance: How to Connect with Your Spiritual Guides by Random House and Waiting for Peace: How Israelis Live with Terrorism, by Gefen Publishering. A graduate of UW-Madison, Liza is a Badger fan and a die-hard Packer fan! To learn more about Liza, check out Liza’s “About” page.
So. On to my writing process, which by the way usually includes a cup of coffee, cappuccino, or pot of tea. (I think the writing muses appreciate a little caffeine.)
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
Currently, I’m working on a novel about a woman who works in the world of art and via a series of paintings stumbles on some rather alarming activities she traces to a well-respected local businessman. I also have some personal essays underway and am hoping National Poetry Month inspires a few poems, though it has been quite awhile since I wrote poetry. Then, there’s all the work-related writing – book proposals, query letters, press releases – writing that actually pays bills.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I’m not sure my fiction differs or that it’s necessary that it differs from other literary fiction. What I’m looking to create is a good read that compels someone to keep turning the pages.
WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
I’ve always wanted to write a novel and I’m finally doing it, albeit it at a snail’s pace because I do it in my “spare time.” Drives me nuts. (The bane of writers.) The other writing is connected to business and clients. For a few years, I wrote poetry. At the time, I was reading a lot of poetry and was open to writing it and the inspiration came. One of these days, I’d like to try my hand at short stories.
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I’m a morning person and my creativity tends to be the freshest about the time the sun rises and the coffee is hot. Getting the first draft of anything out is rather painstaking. That’s my least favorite part. Once it’s out, the fun begins. The project becomes a big puzzle, and I’ve always loved puzzles. Trying new words in paragraphs, moving paragraphs around, making sure there aren’t spaces between the pieces – this is where joy and a sense of accomplishment really begin to bubble and gurgle. Writing endorphins. Even better than caffeine.
Okay. Enough about me. Here are some other writers you should meet.
Kate Traci is a California raised beach girl at heart who now finds herself residing under the hot desert sun. Thankfully her sister has a pool. Her first published adventure Simon Says can be read in the book “The Dog with the Old Soul”, a collection of true stories about people and the animals in their lives. After coaxing clever words, her German Shepherd to fetch, and herself to the gym, Kate can be found patiently waiting for her next adventure under the star-filled desert sky.
Follow Kate’s stories at katesyear.com.
Jack B. Rochester launched The Fictional Cafe. grew up in South Dakota and Wyoming, graduated from California State University at Sonoma (when it was still Sonoma State College) with a Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature. He has worked in publishing his whole grown-up life (if, indeed, he can be called a grownup) and is author of a bunch of books, including the national bestseller The Naked Computer. He self-published a novel, Wild Blue Yonder, in 2011. The sequel, Madrone, will be published by Wheatmark in April, 2013. His writing and editorial services company, Joshua Tree Interactive, celebrated its 30th anniversary on April 15, 2013. Jack’s favorite activities are reading, writing, bicycling, snowshoeing, and drinking insanely great coffee. Please visit him at http://www.fictionalcafe.com/