I've been invited to take part in "Blog Tour Monday" by author and host of The Liz McMullen Show, Liz McMullen. I'm tagging two amazingly talented authors: You Might Curse Before You Bless author and recent Psychopomp contest winner Allie Marini Batts and poet Kristin Berkey-Abbott (Whistling Past the Graveyard; I Stand Here Shredding Documents). Next Monday, they will answer these questions on THEIR websites or blogs, and each nominate two other authors.
Here's my "Blog Tour."
What am I working on?
At the moment, I'm working on a poem for an upcoming anthology and a novel about Louisa May Alcott.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My work varies from dark fairy tales ("The Sea Stone," Wilde Magazine, Spring 2013) to creative nonfiction such as 2013's "Cancerland"which was nominated by the amazing Lunch Ticket Magazine for the Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. I really enjoy writing time travel stories or essays on spirituality or health. I have a lot of variety in my work, and I'm proud of my ability to step outside the box.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I love it. I write the stories that I wanted to read when I was kid: women who are at the center of unique, historical situations, women who have to suddenly find their voice in strange, sometimes magical, places. Different times fascinate me as did the women who lived in them. Right now, I'm all over the American Civil War and early American homesteaders.
How does my writing process work?
I am the kind of writer who is always working on something, but I work best when I have the freedom to switch back and forth between projects. I use a journal to clear my head at the end of the day and if I don't write at least every few days, I get "clogged up." I'm a sucker for period journals or research books with a lot of emphasis on people's everyday lives. I like being reminded that every feeling has been felt before, and someone somewhere has (hopefully) kept a journal about it. Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing is one of my all-time favorite books on writing, as is anything by Anne Lamott. In some way, I'm always working.