I’m a fan of the Q&A, which is the main reason I studied journalism in college. I like people, and I’m nosy. Catch in your mind a vision of a Jack Russell terrier nosing through a mole hole, and you’ll get a picture of me when someone drops a morsel of intrigue. I won’t let up … at least I used to not let up until Matt told me that people accepting a dinner invitation to our home weren’t expecting a side of investigative reporting.
I went along with it, but I didn’t agree with the gag rule and I didn’t like until recently when I’ve been finding myself on the other side of the Q&A. The first was with my friend, Joy. I asked her to do this for me (because she’s a former prom queen and knows 20,000 more people than I do), and it started off fine because she asked me how to make pancakes. I have that recipe memorized. But then she asked me questions, like “Why this story?” and “What do you mean when you say …” and “Can you clarify …” and I sort of wanted to chuck those pancakes at her head because how was I to know? I just wrote the darn the thing!
But it all turned out fine and served as great prep for my next Q&A as the Author of the Day at ManyBooks. Why did I pick a small town as the back drop for Lu? What did I do to keep readers hooked throughout the story? Do I have any other secret skills beyond writing? You can read all of my answers to these questions and more over there.
And once you’re finished with that, don’t forget to head to Amazon to score your FREE Kindle version of Lu this weekend, in honor of her one-month birthday! She pairs nicely with a slice of cake.