You have six kids and have home-schooled all of them. How do you find the time to write and blog?
Late, late nights. Early, early mornings= no sleep + lots and lots of coffee:) I don't have a schedule. But during the school year, we do school like a regular school, same as the public school. We finish around 3:30 and then I write as long as possible. After dinner, baths, and night stories, including one more drink of water, I write some more. In between that time I work on lesson plans, help with homework and make random trips to the library. I also try to squeeze in a couple hours of housework and when there's no clean undies I throw a load or two of clothes in the washer. I will say writing has not been easy. It's been a long road and it has taken me years to research my family history. Yeah, I'm slow:)
Maybe you're actually super fast but take a long time to do things because you have so much to do!
I know the time before you get that "yes" from an agent or publisher can be rough. How do you stay motivated to keep going?
This is actually the hardest part. Do I keep my chin up? Not all the time. What writer doesn't dream of becoming a published author? It doesn't take very many "No, sorry. This isn't what we are looking for." to bring tears your eyes. But one thing is for sure. I love my stories and I am determined to see it in print. I know I will find someone who is perfect for my books. That's what keeps me motivated. I want to see my books in print. I want to be the one writing my success story on my blog. I want to be the one scheduling book tours for my books instead of hosting others. THAT'S what keeps me motivated. Don't get me wrong. I love my blog and I love hosting tours. Really I do. But I'd be crazy to say I don't dream about my book going on tour...
I would love to be a stop on your tour!
What books have most influenced your life most?
I've read more books than Books A Million ever dreamed about selling! To name only one would be hard to do and I feel like I am cheating all the wonderful books that I don't mention (close your ears, my little books. I love you all.) If I HAD to pick only one book, I'd say EVIDENCE NOT SEEN by Darlene Diebler Rose.
What are your favorite things to do besides writing and reading?
I love teaching, but for something relaxing, I enjoy graphic arts, playing the piano, origami, and watching a good movie. I also love writing and reading. I know you said "besides" but how can I leave them out of my favorite things to do?
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I think it would be cool, for me, if I could do things fast. Superfast. I am impossibly slow. Don't ask my husband about that, please!
I think you should also consider the ability to split yourself into multiples so you can write and teach your kids at the same time. :)
Thank you Talynn! Remember to visit her here: http://inkinthebook.blogspot.com/ And I'm not just saying that because she happens to be interviewing me there today. :)
On an unrelated note, my internet is down this weekend, so my commenting for everyone else will suffer. :( If you need blogfest related help and I'm lost in no-internet land, remember you can also talk to Court Young.