I’d almost forgotten about this interview I did for Morgen Bailey. Morgen is a prolific writer with a website that offers fresh material daily. You should check it out.
Most of Morgen’s questions are related to the writing process itself so if you want to see my take on that, here’s a small excerpt from the interview:
Creating main characters usually just happens–I often have a character in mind before I really know what their story is. If a name doesn’t just come to me, I might go to a baby book, but that’s only if I’m really stuck or need a name for a less important character. For developing and keeping track of those characters, I find some kind of form helps–one where you fill in things like hair color, strengths and weaknesses, what kind of car they drive, etc. For more in-depth characterization I like free writing in a notebook about them. My most successful attempts have been when I did the free writing from the character’s point of view talking about themselves and their thoughts and backgrounds.
from Author Interview No. 597
All four videos from my reading are now uploaded to YouTube. Here are the links below. I hope you enjoy.
These are my opening comments, talking about writing the book and my work with homeless youth.
This is the first reading I did from Chapter 2 where Jo meets Lexie for the first time.
This reading is from Chapter 8. Jo discovers a homeless man in a glass coffin.
This final reading is from Chapter 19 where Jo meets Chris, the street kid who helps her discover what happened to Lexie.
Well if you did, they are posting three videos of my reading. The first two are below. I’ll post the third as soon as they get it up there.
In Part 1 I talk about myself, why I write and the inspiration behind Painted Black.
In Part 2 I tell you where I got the idea for the plot and read a scene that illustrates my point.
I am happy to be able to visit a few places in my hometown area in Illinois at the beginning of November. Here are a couple of events that I have lined up already
Thursday, November 1, 2012
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Princeton Public Library
698 East Peru Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356
Come join me as I visit my old stomping grounds in Princeton Illinois. I will be reading from Painted Black and talking a bit about the inspiration for the story. There will also be a chance to buy books and get them signed. I look forward to seeing everyone!
via Book Signing at the Princeton Public Library
Friday, November 9, 2012
5:00pm until 7:00pm in PST
820 La Salle St Ottawa IL 61350
The Book Mouse is the lone bookstore standing in my hometown area around LaSalle Illinois. Come help me celebrate its existence by attending a reading and book signing during their annual holiday Open House.
via Book Signing at the Book Mouse bookstore.