This week, I was invited by my friend and fellow children's writer, Robyn Campbell, to participate in this blog-hop interview. She sent me some interview questions which I've posted and answered below. Please check out Robyn's answers to the blog-hop questions at her blog, Robyn Campbell, Picture Book and Middle Grade Author.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to visit my blog!

1. What are you working on right now?

Lately, I've been writing children's stories and picture books for various contests and submission opportunities. It's been fun and keeps me writing. I'm looking forward to taking part in two upcoming anthology projects created by Sally Odgers of Affordable Manuscript Assessments. One is a collection of children's stories (The Crock of Charms Project) and the other is a collection of stories for adults (The Keepsakes Project).

I'm also working on a YA fantasy which I wrote during the NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo months. I'm looking forward to taking a coaching class on writing for the YA reader this August. It will be taught by Christy Award-Winning author, Jill Williamson, at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference.

2. What experiences have influenced you?

Writing has been a creative outlet for me since my children were young. (Now I'm a grandma.) :-) The experiences that have influenced me have been mostly the opportunities to study writing and take part in writing groups. I studied several courses through the Institute of Children's Literature. I joined Oregon Christian Writers and have attended their conferences and enjoyed meeting other writers. Much of my interaction with writers has been with online. I found a writers' forum on Compuserve which evolved into a private online writers' group. Last Christmas, I heard about a writing contest on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog. I took part and found the experience fun and encouraging. From there I signed up for her excellent online writing course, Making Picture Book Magic. That led to meeting other wonderful children's writers who took the class. It also helped me to find more online children's writers groups. It's a lot of fun and I'm constantly learning. I don't think I'll ever stop learning.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I enjoy writing fiction for children. I especially like writing stories with a twist toward the fanciful. When I read, I want to escape into a pleasant place. I like happy endings. So when I write, I want my readers to be entertained in a wholesome and fun way. I want to take them on a magical journey of imagination. :-)

4. How does your writing process work?

I tend to be more of a pantser-type writer. I like to sit down and write until the right-brain kicks in and then let my story take me places. But I'm learning more about planning and structure before I write. I can sit down and write the rough draft of a short story or picture book within an hour or two. I find novels much more challenging. I'm not sure if I'm a novel writer, but I'd like to give it a try.

I take part in different contests and writing projects. I find it motivates me to write, and I find I work better with deadlines. Go figure. :-)

Thank you again for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read my blog-hop interview. Please drop by Robyn's blog and learn more about one of my favorite writers and friends! Feel free to leave her a comment and tell her I sent you. :-)



0 #6 Cheryl 2013-07-10 17:15
Hi Susanna!

Thanks for stopping by (or is it hopping by?) :-) I haven't started my Charms or Keepsakes story. Hopefully, that's next on my to-do list. My YA needs a LOT of work. It has major gaps in it. I'm excited to hear that you're working on YA, too. I can't wait to read it when you're ready!
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Susanna Leonard Hill
+1 #5 Susanna Leonard Hill 2013-07-10 15:03
Loved your interview answers, Cheryl! And as you know, I'm doing Crock of Charms too... if I ever write the story :) Looks like a popular project judging by the comments here. I didn't know you were working on a YA - how fun! That is something on my to-do list also. I've tried a few, but I don't have the knack yet :)
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0 #4 Cheryl 2013-07-10 00:02
Hi Sharon!

How fun that you're doing the Crock of Charms, too. :-) I think I'm working toward being an organized pantser. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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sharon K mayhew
+1 #3 sharon K mayhew 2013-07-09 23:09
Hi, Cheryl!
Robyn sent me over. I'm doing the Crock of Charms too. :) I'd say I'm an organized pantser. LOL :)
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0 #2 Cheryl 2013-07-09 04:16
Thank you, Robyn! I'm glad we're doing the Crock of Charms project together. :-) Thank you for asking me to do this interview. It was a lot of fun!
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Robyn Campbell
+1 #1 Robyn Campbell 2013-07-09 04:14
But you forgot to say that you're my angel! ;-)

I'm such a panster too. But I kinda have to be, especially right now. And I'm doing Crock of Charms too. YaY us! Great job on this post. I love it!
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