by Rose Macrory
As part of a web-wide blog tour of writers, my oldest friend asked me to participate by sharing thoughts on my writing process.
Jess Weitz, author of the blog Seams, and I met in nursery school in Washington D.C. in the mid-seventies; our first combined memory is fighting over a green chair at the age of three (our birthdays are a day apart.) Though we enjoyed an exciting urban upbringing as best friends, we both ended up living rurally in Vermont and Oregon as adults. Now instead of looking for the next best club to visit, we compare notes on our goats, gardens and semi-feral children. I love Jess’s blog and am honored to be chosen to follow along with this writing “chain letter.”
I believe if you work your way back through the linked posts, you’ll find your way to the beginning of the tag thread.
Next, I am tagging two writer friends of mine, both of whom also contribute to Letters to Pomona.
Kirsten Shockey is a mother and homesteader, writer and educator. She finds solace in the warmth of hand milking a cow on a frosty morning and the beauty of twisted trees along a roadway. She is passionate about helping people take responsibility for their food. She writes about life and sauerkraut, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband have a forthcoming book on fermented vegetables by Storey Publishing. She has published articles in magazines, is a contributing writer to a radio series, and maintains a blog at fermentista.us.
Laurie Easter lives and writes in a funky little cabin off the grid and on the edge of wilderness in Southern Oregon. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves to read, cook, garden, travel, eat chocolate, and spend time with her family and friends, especially out in nature. Here is her blog.
And now to answer the questions:
What are you working on?
I am in the beginning phases of revising a middle-grade-reader historical fiction book about the Haymarket Riot in Chicago in 1886. I am also in the middle of writing a grant for my job to get funding for beginning farmer education.
How does your work vary from others in your genre?
I don’t know that I can claim a genre yet. I am new to the world of writing fiction and chose middle-grade historical fiction because the majority of my best parenting memories involve reading that genre aloud to my two kids. I am interested in writing about complex political and social issues for readers aged 9-12, though a lot of other writers are doing that as well.
Why do you write what you do?
I adore kids and I am also fascinated by many periods in history. I have always identified with child protagonists, even as an adult, and love the arc of coming-of-age stories.
What is your writing process?
I do best with a lot of structure. I wrote the first draft of my book in about nine months, with a per day work count (400). After lots of long walks, I wrote the outline to the story with plenty of room for change, and then set to work writing it all out. I love my writing group because I feel accountable to someone other than myself.