Every now and then, chain post interviews (sometimes called blog hops) seem to circulate around the blogging community of writers. They’re a bit like chain letters, in that you do your bit and then pass it on in an ever expanding ripple, until people lose interest — you do your blog post (in which you answer a set of questions) and then link to three other writers, who will do their blog posts and link to another three writers each, and so on.
Now, here are my answers to the 4 questions being circulated…
What are you working on at the moment?
As always, I’m working on a few different things.
The project that is taking up most of my time at the moment is the promoting of my new You Choose series of books. This has involved blog posts, television interviews, presentations at Teacher/Librarian events and LOTS of school and bookshop visits.
I’m working on an essay for an upcoming pop culture book about Star Trek. As a long time Star Trek fan, this is rather fun.
I have also been working on a proposal. But I can’t tell you about that just yet. Sorry!
There are other things — half-finished stories, vague ideas and stuff that will probably never see the light of day.
How do you think your work differs from that of other writers in your genre?
It differs simply because it is my work. Every writer approaches a genre or topic in their own unique way, just as every person views the world in their own unique way.
Why do you write what you write?
I write about the things that interest me. Simple as that! I write the sorts of stories that I like reading.
What’s your writing process, and how does it work?
Things always begin with a notebook. I carry it around with me most places I go. Into this notebook I jot down all sorts of crazy ideas. Once I have a definite project in mind, it gets a dedicated notebook into which I brainstorm. After that I move to the computer and write an outline, because I need to know where a story is going before I can start writing it. Once I’ve got the outline sorted, I begin writing. And then comes the re-writing. Each of the Gamers books (Gamers’ Quest, Gamers’ Challenge and Gamers’ Rebellion) went through about 10 drafts.
The process for the You Choose books (The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove, Mayhem at Magic School, Maze of Doom and The Haunting of Spook House) was a little different. Instead of writing an outline on computer, I planned those books out on a whiteboard. You can find out more about that process on this blog post.
Now it’s time for me to handball these questions on to the next bunch of writers. Keep an eye on their blogs to see what they have to say for themselves…
Jenny Blackford is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in places as diverse as Westerly, Cosmos Magazine, The School Magazine and Strange Horizons. Pamela Sargent described Jenny’s subversively feminist historical novella, The Priestess and the Slave, as “elegant.” In late 2013 Pitt Street Poetry published her first poetry collection, The Duties of a Cat, which Eileen Gunn called “enchanting”. Her work has appeared in every Australian Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror so far. She is Secretary of the Newcastle Writers Festival. Check out her blog.
David McDonald is a Melbourne based writer who works for an international welfare organisation. When not on a computer or reading a book, he divides his time between helping run a local cricket club and working on his debut novel. In 2013 he won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and in 2014 won the William J. Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as The Lone Ranger Chronicles from Moonstone Books and Epilogue from Fablecroft Publishing. David is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and of the Melbourne based writers group, SuperNOVA. Check out his blog.
Beau Hillier is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and reviewer with several years experience in the publishing industry. He holds a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing and has worked with marketing collateral, anthologies and manuscripts in various genres. He is currently the head editor of page seventeen, an annual collection of short stories and poetry showcasing emerging writers. Check out his posts on the Busybird Publishing blog.
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