Monday, August 19, 2013

Tagging Blog Hop

I was invited by my friend, Sharon Ledwith, to participate in a “blog hop interview.” Sharon sent me some interview questions, which I answer here on my blog. Following my answers, I tag 3 other writers who will, in turn, answer questions on their blogs next week. It’s been fun checking out the Blog Hops to see what other children’s authors have posted!

Sharon posted her answers to the questions at her blog, on Aug 12. If you like, you can leave a comment on her blog and tell her that you connected to her through my link here!

Sharon Ledwith

Now here are my answers:

1. What are you working on right now?

Currenly I  am working on two middle grade novels. One of which is a sequel to The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, The Legend of the Ghostly Pirates (working title). In the sequel, the characters investigate another legend, which involves a treasure that was rumored buried on a swamp island by a band of Jean Lafitte's pirates.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

As with the first  novel, it is set in the bayous of Louisiana and in the 1950s. The kids are on their own without cell phones and other technologies. They have to depend their curiosity, wits, and bravery to get them into and out of their dilemmas.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I write middle grade because I  love that age group. Their curiosity, honesty, and innocence, and their willingness to jump into the pages of strange worlds with odd and interesting characters amazes me. Don't write for middle graders if you don't want honest and thorough feedback and questions.  I write about Louisiana and its culture because it's what I know, and because it is still facinating to me.

4. How does your writing process work?

I am mostly a pantster (seat of my pants writer) for my draft. If I try to lock myself into an outline, I get stuck. Once the draft is done, I can diagram in order to fine tune the plot.

The next part of this blog hop, is that I tag three children's authors to take up the torch. Unfortunately, I could only pin down two. Their posts should go up a week from today. Thank you ladies.

Serena Schreiber

Brittany Oldroyd

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today! Don't forget to check out Sharon's blog, along with Serena's and Brittany's.


Serena Schreiber said...

Rita, what a cool setting your stories have. I just taught a series of classes for kids on jazz, so of course we "visited" New Orleans. And I'm reading a short story with Cajun and Zydeco themes by Lucy Sussex called Merlusine. Do those names mean anything to you?

Sharon Ledwith said...

Thanks for allowing me to tag you for this hop, Rita. Sounds like you've tagged some interesting authors! I'm reading The Legend of Ghost Dog Island and loving it! It's a howling good tale...

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Serena, not familiar with those names. Zydeco wasn't around when I was growing up, but I grew up with the French Cajun music. My dad even sang and played it on his accordion.

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks, Sharon. I did get some interesting volunteers for the blog hop for sure. Can't wait to see their posts. Glad you're loving the book!