KidLit-YA Author-Blog Hop / @carlawrites / @lvoisin

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I’m blog hopping today! Well, actually, I’m hosting the kid lit/ YA blog hop today – thanks to author Carla Mooney for tagging me last week in the hop! Carla is the author of several non-fiction and fiction novels, including Samson’s Tale. Carla is an incredible talent that you don’t want to miss.

For next week’s post, I’ve tagged Lisa Voisin, author of The Watcher, who will answer her questions next week. It’s a great way to get to know other authors and their writing process. Check out what Carla and Lisa have to say about their writing.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve I’m working on edits for the third and final book in The Star Child series, The Star Catcher. Kellen St. James’ journey will finally be coming to an end. Beyond that I have a new YA Paranormal Romance that I’m working on. I’m about 50,000 words in and extremely excited about where it’s going.

What experiences have influenced you?

Probably the biggest influence in my life has been my Dad’s battle with Cancer. It was a six-year struggle, but one that actually got me writing. I needed an outlet, an escape from reality. What better way to do that than to write YA Fantasy.

How does your writing process work?

I plan a majority of the book before I start. I use an application called Scrivener to map everything out. However, once I have the plan, I am completely find with throwing it out the window if I feel the story is taking me somewhere else, outside of that original plan. There are usually dozens of pictures, screenshots, post-it nots and chocolate when I’m writing. I always stick to a schedule – i write at the same time every morning – and usually manage about a chapter a day if I don’t get interference from outside forces (a.k.a. my kids).

Who are the authors you most admire?

I am a major fan of O.R. Melling. Her Chronicles of Faerie books were the first books that made me see how cool Celtic mythology could be in in a YA book. Also, I love Kate Tiernan’s books. Her characterization is so unique and the character’s themselves seem real, accessible to me.

Thanks again for tagging me Carla! Don’t forget to visit Lisa’s page next week and learn more about her work!