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I love reading about the Publishing Journeys of my favorite writers.
I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!
Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”
Reader, I asked them.
I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to some of my favorite writers.
And now, without further ado, please welcome Candie Moonshower!
Candie Moonshower – c_moonshower – is the author of The Legend of Zoey. It’s one of my favorite middle grade novels, one that I like to give as a gift whenever possible. With time travel, Native Americans, pioneers, visions, earthquakes, and floods … I know there will be something to please every reader! School Library Journal enthused, "Riveting . . . a compelling first novel," and I agree. I thought it should have been nominated for a Newbery.
While we wait for another book from Candie, I'm glad she's blogging again. She posts photos, and talks about writing, school visits, conferences, baseball, and her family, including memories of her father, the hero.
Spring or fall?
I'm definitely a FALL gal. (Bring on the New Age music . . . ) I love the changing of the leaves, the crispness of the air, the almost unreal brightness of the sun against those blue, blue skies. Fall, to me, is not gloomy at all. Some of my friends have argued for Spring as more life-affirming and whatall, but to me, Fall is encouraging because I know that while everything will hibernate for a few months, it will all come bursting forth again . . . Okay, the real reason I love Fall is that, as a Tennessee gal, Spring only lasts about seven minutes and then we launch into temps in the 90s and 100 percent humidity for about six months. Fall is a reprieve. Fall is the reward for having endured Summer!
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Read. Rethink. Rework. Rewrite.
Cherry. Coming in a close second is the fudge pie that our lunch ladies made back in high school. I've never found a fudge pie that quite duplicates the taste, though, alas.
Tropical paradise or winter wonderland?
Oh, that's a hard one. I love a tropical paradise for a few weeks, but I also enjoy the cold, too (see question #1 above). But, if forced to pick one, forever and ever, I suppose I'd go with tropical paradise--paradise being the operative word! Not Tom Hanks and Wilson in "Castaway," but more something akin to "Lost" -- hanging out with the hunky survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 somewhere near Fiji . . .
No. Fear of needles.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
Both. I plunge when a new idea hits. By the time I get to page 50 of the manuscript, I'm ready to plot.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished three grand books: WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE by Gail Giles, MISS SPITFIRE by Sarah Miller, and THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt. All different and wonderful. Reading THE WEDNESDAY WARS was especially poignant for me because it takes place in 1967, with the 101st returning to Vietnam, which is a time I lived through--my father was in the 101st and went over on his third tour in late 1967 and was killed in 1968.The book completely captured the times for me; I didn't want it to end!
Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese. I lived in Okinawa as a child. I had a Chinese-Ryukan mama-san. I cut my eye-teeth on Chinese food!
Beach or mountains?
Beach for kicking back, having a cold drink and reading a great book. Mountains for hiking, communing with nature and enjoying the scenery.
Best present anyone ever gave you?
My husband has given me two great gifts. The first was intangible but life-changing. He asked me, "What is it you REALLY want to do in life?" That's when I decided to pursue my writing dream on a serious level. When I received the jacket proofs from my editor for THE LEGEND OF ZOEY, he slipped one out of the house with him and had it matted and framed for me as a Christmas gift. Two wonderful presents!
Mermaids or fairies?
I'd have to go with mermaids since swimming has always been one of my better athletic talents! Mermaids don't have to worry about how big their butts look, or shaving their legs, either!
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Candie!