Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)?
A little of both. I knew fromthe beginning with “Guinevere” that I was going to give readers an insight into Guinevere before she marriedArthur. So adding “On the Eve of Legend” just felt right from the start. With my next book I planned on titlingit “Young Knights of the Round Table,” but didn't add “The King's Ransom” until nearly half the book wasfinished.
Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen?
I chose Children's Literature because elementaryschool is where students become readers. Also, I still love to read that genre!
What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process?
The creative process I gothrough with each story is very rewarding. I loved being able to share my journey with my students.
What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process?
I really haven't had a negativeexperience, but I did have to go back to “Young Knights” once I thought I was finished and totally rewrite oneof the characters.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?
Learning, learning, andlearning!
What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey?
It's just frustrating at times, likelearning any new skill.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?
Keep positive and believe in yourself,your work, and your vision.
Who is your favorite author and why?
This is a hard question. Probably J R R Tolkien. He was a fabulousstoryteller who managed to include morality in his books that stayed with the readers.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
I do writing workshops for elementary schoolsand the Girl Scouts. In addition to reading, I believe that all kids and adults can learn to write. It is a matter of building confidence in the prospective writer and that is what we work on in the writing workshops. I guessthat once a person is an educator, that teaching and encouraging nature stays with them.
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At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales,11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan, broughttogether in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon aquest to save The Wild Man’s life when he is accused of murder androbbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confronttheir fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggestsecret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals thatsurprises characters and readers.
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