Recently my friend and fellow writer, Kim Stokely, encouraged me to answer several questions about writing on my blog. You can learn more about her writing at: http://www.kimstokely.com
1. What are you working on?
I’m in the final stages of a YA novel entitled, Tandem. Here’s a sneak peak at the back cover copy:
An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a four-day ride through the mountains.
Fourteen-year-old Zeke lives to race his BMX bike around a dirt track. Not pedal through the mountains from the back seat of a tandem.
Especially when the guy in the captain’s seat is an ex-con.
Zeke’s father, aka the druggie, spent the last seven years in prison. Now that he’s free, the druggie wants to make up for lost time.
Zeke agrees to the tandem trip only to escape the alternative—his mother’s latest boyfriend, Cowboy.
Father and son can barely bike two blocks without killing each other. Four days on a tandem will test their rocky relationship. Can the two put the past behind them? Or will the trip destroy any hope for reconciliation?
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Trends come and go, but coming-of-age stories are timeless. My writing blends contemporary characters with old school coming-of-age stories.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love the middle school age. Teens are exploring independence while learning who they are and what they believe. Writing stories that encourage self-discovery is my passion.
4. How does your writing process work?
Words and ideas excite me. When something or someone strikes me as unique, I chew on the morsel for days, weeks, even years. If the idea still holds its flavor, I begin to write a story. Then the real adventure begins. . .