Friday, July 13, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - About someone else...Talynn from Ink in the Book


Write with ink in the book...
As part of the Buccaneer Blogfest, I am interviewing the honorable next blogger in line, who also happens to be awesome...Talynn from Ink In The Book. Talynn is currently hosting the Curiosity Quills Carnival, and it was all her idea! She hosts incredibly creative blog tours and promotions for authors. My favorite was a post where we had to "predict" the answers to an author's interview questions for a book with an astrology theme. See? So creative.


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.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you Sharon for the sweet comments. I'm blushing!

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  2. No kidding about wishing to do things super fast. I'm so impatient with myself when it takes me forever to get ready for something or to do something. :) Hahahaa...

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  3. Love your blog! Visiting from the buccaneer blogfest! Also thanks for visiting mine! :)

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    1. Thanks Devin. Your blog is super interesting!

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    1. Thank you, A.J. I enjoyed your interview, too!

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  5. Very fun! I have teenagers, I think I'd want to be able to be invisible...see what they're really up to : )

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    1. Oh, I wished I had thought about that! Invisibility! Just think what I could learn...

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  6. Nice interview. I explore, I discover and I learn a lot of things here. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Andre! It's a fun adventure, that's for sure!

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  7. yep I would like to have super speed too.

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    1. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's SUPER ME!!!

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  8. Six home-schooled kids?! I am so impressed that you get any writing done at all, because one of them surely always needs something from you. Still, you're lucky to stay home with them. You sound like an awesome mom! Wish you could have your super power for real:)

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    1. I am always busy! But, I wouldn't trade what I do for anything in the world. My family is my life. THEY make me an awesome mom because without THEM, I wouldn't be a mom. Thanks, Gwen:)

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  9. I never thought of that superpower but it would definitely free up more time for writing. Good Idea! Great interview :)

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    1. I never thought about being able to write more, but who doesn't want/need more time to write? That would be awesome:) Thanks!

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  10. Great Interview but she already seems like a super hero to me!! :) Such an inspiration! :)

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    1. Aaawww! How sweet Courtney! Thanks, but truly I'm so superhero! But shhhh! Don't tell my kids or husband. I think I have them believing it's true:)

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  11. Talynn: Six kids AND home schooling? Holy cow, that is impressive. I've got my hands full with just one, so I can't even imagine how you're able to have any alone time to pursue your own interests... but I am certainly inspired! And for the record, practicing origami gets you some major cool points in my book :-)

    Sharon: Fun interview & thanks for hosting the fest!

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    1. Thanks a lot! I love teaching my kids but I won't say it's easy. And I just learned origami but I REALLY enjoy it!

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  12. Wow, you are my hero! Homeschooling 6 kids and doing all the rest of your stuff . . . my hat's off to you:-)

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! Home schooling has been my biggest challenge, but I've loved every minute of it. Wait. Did I just say that. Let me think a second...yep! even with the challenges, it's been a fun road:)

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  13. Nice interview! Gotta admire her passion with everything she has going on. :)

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    1. Thanks D.L. You always say the nicest things!

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  14. I feel ya, Talynn; your answer to question #2, in especial, was so where I am, right now.
    Kudos for homeschooling! If your kids don't appreciate it yet, they will down the road. (:
    Hopping over to your blog, now. Thanks for having her over, Sharon!

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