Her book, ISLAND DANGER is a middle grade/tween mystery set in Hawaii featuring an utterly believable 14 year old boy named Todd. He's on a mission to prove to he is old enough to take care of himself and not always leaping before he looks. The thing with Todd is that he does leap before he looks when trying to prove himself. Sometimes he is understanding of others and sympathetic, even willing to stand up to his Uncle who has nothing good to say about native Hawaiians. In the same thoughts, though, he too judges others and assumes the worst based on who they are. In other words, he really is confused and trying to figure himself out while showing everyone he is a grown-up. I remember those days. This book is a great contemporary read with lots of suspense, some mystery and dangerous situations that keep the story moving along. Although it is considered a boy book, this is one I could easily recommend/booktalk for girls, especially ones who like mystery and adventure. And let me tell you--you feel like you are in Hawaii. The author knows her setting and people inside out and backwards. More from the publisher:
We love talking finding that balance in your writing career. How do you find yours? How has it changed now that your book is out and you are out there promoting it?
How do I find a balance between my writing life and my “real life”? Hmmmm, well, once we take into consideration that I’m probably a bit unbalanced to begin with, the answer is that it ebbs and flows. If I have an editorial letter that I need to be working on, my schedule goes into overdrive, and I’m at the computer revising early, say, around 6:30 AM. I work all day, taking a few breaks. If I’ve got a work-in-progress, depending on whether I’m “on fire” at a particular juncture of the plot, I can’t keep my hands off the keyboard. But, on the other hand, if I’m at a “sticking point,” and am worrying over a characterization interaction or a plot flaw, then I get up and take a long break. Over the years, I’ve found that letting ideas simmer on the “back burner,” so to speak, is often the best way to get clear of the ‘gators in the writing swamp. Now, that was a mixed metaphor!
Right now, I’m fortunate that my children are grown, my dear husband is very understanding, and I’m retired, so I do have much more latitude in my daily life than when I was raising my family, teaching middle and high school, and trying to write a little at the same time.
What is a piece of advice you have for writers who may have hard time switching back and forth between the writing, the reading, the social media-ing and that crazy thing called life?
As I said, the “back burner” analogy has stood me in good stead over the years. A theory that I learned in a course in psychology of the unconscious that I took at Berserkley has proven to be most helpful: that our unconscious minds do a lot of work when we’re not “paying full attention,” and I use those times to enjoy family and friends and let the writing things sort themselves out. I know other writers do the same. The social media conundrum is interesting, especially to this dinosaur, and I love this quote I just read: “Facebook is where you lie to your friends and Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers.” Ha! Earlier, I mentioned that family comes first, and I’m into “regret minimization:” not doing things I’ll regret later, and doing things that I won’t regret I didn’t do! Does that make sense? First things first, and you’ll never regret. Or, not often, anyway.
Would you care to share a snapshot of your day?
Honestly, every day is different when you’re retired, but I’m a morning person, so I’m up early and doing some writing task – or pleasure: either working on a new idea, or doing some promotion (besides ISLAND DANGER, I have another middle grade ebook mystery TIME OF HONOR, coming out in October), or revising some of my many (blush!) works in progress. When we travel, I always have a notebook with me, along with pencils and a small pencil sharpener. I know, pencil sharpeners are hard to find these days! I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and thoughts, and the notebook is key. Otherwise, I may play golf or read a book for a few hours, watch a baseball game (go, Angels!), cook an Italian dinner for my dear husband, and enjoy the day. Still, that back burner is cookin’ away!
Thank you so much, Deb, for hosting me on your wonderful blog!
Thank you for being here and taking some last minute questions from me. It's been great getting to know and your writing more. I'll be waiting and watching for TIME OF HONOR. In the meantime happy writing...and using that back burner!
Next week, Margo will be over on Middle Grade Mafioso...yep, our favourite Don will be back in town!
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Author talking about writing ISLAND DANGER.
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If you'd like to win a copy of ISLAND DANGER just leave a comment and next Monday I will draw a winner and send you the book in format preference.
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