Blog Hop for Children’s, MG, and YA Authors

As the title suggests, a bunch of Children’s, MG, and YA authors are participating in a blog hop with interview questions so you readers out there can get to know a little bit more about who we are and what we’re working on. I was tagged for this hop by the wonderful and talented Sharon Ledwith, author of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, and forthcoming Legend of the Timekeepers. Here is Sharon Ledwith’s post.

Now, before I begin answering questions, I have a confession to make.

I’m a terrible person.

From the movie Problem Child.

From the movie Problem Child.

If I play a bit of psychoanalyst on myself, I think it stems from being an only child who never wanted to follow in anyone’s footsteps. In fact, I was so contrary as a kid, I’m astounded I had any friends at all. If someone mentioned they liked chocolate, I immediately chimed in that I preferred vanilla. Tell me to act a certain way, or do something, was a sure fire way to have the polar opposite result occur. Unless I figured that was the goal to begin with, then I’d fly off in another direction. While this obstinate, cocksure attitude aided me in never succumbing to negative peer pressure (and today saying, “No!” to telemarketers) it’s not without negative side effects. One of which is my aversion to “tag” posts.

My logical mind knows it’s all in good fun, but the baser side of my brain instinctively digs in its heels and thoughts of pyramid schemes and chain letters trounce through my head. (I can’t count the number of chain letters I’ve broken. I could have smashed a mountain of mirrors and had better luck than the doom and gloom I’ve brought myself by not continuing those chains — at least according to the letters.)

So, Sharon, I apologize. I have no one to tag. *throws another mirror at the wall*  I will offer this: if any readers of this post would like to be tagged and answer the following questions on your own blog, say so in the comments and I will link your post and shout it to the heavens 🙂

On to the questions!

1. What are you working on right now?

I am roughly three quarters of the way through a sequel to Knot in Time. My hope and goal is to have it published some time this fall. It’s titled, Abandon Hope, and you heard it here first!

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Dare has been a fun and interesting character to write. These stories are pretty atypical in the time travel genre, I believe, in that they loosely incorporate some of the newer theories of physics, like string theory, and view time as a multiverse of possibilities and probabilities. As a result, time and space are more fluid than other stories I’ve seen and read. The emphasis is on adventure, humor, relationships, and self-discovery.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Everything I write is entirely based on what I’d like to read. If I’m ever working on a project that morphs into something I wouldn’t enjoy reading myself, I change it or scrap it altogether. Reading is a way to escape and be entertained. If my works don’t function on those levels, I’ve done something wrong the way I see it.

4. How does your writing process work?

These days people often picture writers plopped in a Starbucks with their laptop, pecking away with the buds to their iPod firmly planted in their ears. For me, that scene couldn’t be farther from the truth! I’m not a coffee drinker, for one, *gasp* and that environment would drive me batty. I work much better in a cave-like situation. No distractions, no music. Just me and my thoughts. Often, I play scenes I’m about to write like movies in my head, then I describe the action as if it were showing in the theater or on television. I don’t dwell on details except to paint as quick and vivid a picture as I can, then get on with the story. I don’t know if that’s much different than other writers, but it’s generally how I work. I don’t outline much, although I am trying to get myself to do more of it. I come up with characters and goals for them, then drop them into sticky situations and see how they climb out. Going into a story, I usually have a beginning and know where I want to end. All the stuff in the middle bubbles up as a result.

So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the curtain. There’s really not much to see here aside from some dust bunnies. 🙂 How does your writing process work? Or your reading process? Do you like to hide in a cave like me, or be out in the wide world? I’d love to hear your answers. And remember, if you want to be tagged for the hop, post in the comments and consider yourself tagged!

About Alan Tucker

Writer, Dad, Graphic Designer, Soccer Coach … not necessarily in that order!

Posted on August 19, 2013, in Books/Writing, Random/Rants and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Great post Alan! It’s hard to find people to participate at the end of the summer. 🙂 But I loved your post and your books sound like amazing reads. 🙂

  2. Where I read or write all depends on my mood, but for writing, it is more important to make sure I am in a setting that fits with the scenes I am writing.

  3. Alan, are you sure you’re not my kid? LOL – I have to think that as a child you weren’t so much “opinionated and difficult” as “assured, overly confidant, and beat to your own drummer.” Well, let’s go with that. Great post as always.

    • Ah, if only I were that young again! Actually, I like where I’m at in life, except for the body breaking down part. That’s not so fun. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  4. LOL, Alan what a great post! You terrible? Never! I apologize for trapping er asking you to participate in this crazy hop, but look at all the comments you’ve scored by playing the bad guy? Smirk. And BTW – I love writing in a cave-like atmosphere too! Cheers!

  5. I liked answer #3 – I, too, write what I’d like to read. But, at the same time, if we all liked the same things, Life in general would get rather boring. Plus, when I read outside my likes, sometimes I see a new angle for a new tale to share.

    • Thanks, Bob! I couldn’t agree more and that’s what I think is so great about this publishing (r)evolution that’s taking place now. Readers have more things to choose from than ever before.

  6. What an interesting post Alan. I like your answers..And i can see many similarities with me who i write music..Almost same things on different art 😉

  7. Nice post. I was a terrible kid too. Wait a sec… I still am!

  8. Thank you for sharing that Alan! What a fabulous story about you as a child! It made me laugh! Writing comes to people in very different ways… thanks again for a great post!

  9. It is so interesting to me to read about the writing processes of fiction writers. I am much more spontaneous… if I have an idea, I must rattle it off… though I haven’t written fiction for over fifteen years. LOL Great post! I was always very contrary too… That came from being the youngest girl of 11 kids. I had a younger brother – poor sap… but I grew to be very contrary. I’ve worked on that for my entire life! LOL

  10. I think you probably could write in any environment. (That’s me being just slightly contrary… because I never got over it from my childhood). Great post Alan. XOXO

  11. Similar to my own childhood, Alan, but I just preferred to call it being rebellious. Still am today. 🙂

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