WRITING PROMPTS & THOUGHTS & IDEAS (oh my)
rem: Welcome to my blog, Tammy. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
TAMMY: I was raised in Ohio. First we lived in the city of Toledo, then my parents moved us to a small town. I live in Topeka, Kansas now.
rem: Tell us three things about yourself.
TAMMY: I love being a Grandma; My husband and I do foster care; I’m almost an empty nester
rem: Nothing like being a Grandma! What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
TAMMY: Butter Pecan
rem: Superman or Batman?
TAMMY: Batman – he has all those cool gadgets
rem: I’m a Batman fan too—it’s a, er, Robin thing….. LOL What is your favourite quotation and why?
TAMMY: Live your life so that if anyone would say anything bad about you, no one would believe it.
rem: Oh, I love that. What do you do as a hobby?
TAMMY: Reading, writing, making jewelry
rem: I love reading but don’t have the patience for the jewelry making! Tell us a little about your writing journey.
TAMMY: I have always wanted to write. In 2009 I decided I wasn’t getting any younger and I wanted to fulfill a life long dream. I started out by going to a writer’s conference in Girard, Kansas; “Called to Write.” I wrote a story to the critique by a published author. I found out that I had made every mistake you could ever think of to make in a story. But, I had a place to start, and to learn. The next year I attended again and purposely had scheduled a critique with the same published author. I wrote a whole new beginning to a story after reading a few books on the craft of writing. Well, she told me that I had improved by leaps and bounds. I still had a lot to learn, but I was so encouraged.
rem: What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?
TAMMY: I usually write for an hour or two after I get home from my full time job. I have converted a small bedroom into an office.
rem: What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?
TAMMY: I am really insecure sometimes in my ability to write well. To combat that I try and read as much on the craft of writing as I can. Being part of writing on a blog has helped tremendously.
rem: I think every author who has ever written anything has as one time or another struggled with their ability to write well! Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?
TAMMY: I prefer to write. I’m not good at editing. I don’t find my own mistakes well.
rem: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
TAMMY: Meeting other writers.
rem: I’ve enjoyed that too! Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
TAMMY: I don’t know where my ideas come from, I have stuff in the back of my head that I would like to write about. Sometimes I will read an article online or in a magazine about a period of history that sparks an idea too.
rem: I understand you entered the “LIH” contest. Tell us about that; what does LIH stand for?
TAMMY: LIH stands for Love Inspired Historical
rem: Tell us about the story you entered in the contest.
TAMMY: My story takes place in 1885 Montana. It’s a romance between a U.S. Marshal doing undercover investigating of cattle rustling, who meets a cattle baron’s niece who is poor relation, so she is made to pay her way by taking care of her precocious cousins. She also has her own crusade to start a library in her frontier town.
rem: Romance, intrigue—sounds good to me. I understand you’ve moved to the second round! Congratulations! Tammy thank you so much for being on my blog today! I look forward to your book when it comes out.
rem: Thanks for joining us today, Tammy. It’s been a pleasure having on my blog!
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