1. At what age did it hit you that you wanted to write? Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I’ve wanted to write since I was about 8 years old. There was a brief period in the third grade when I wanted to be an archeologist, but since then, it’s pretty much been a desire to write.
I honestly don’t feel qualified to give tips or advice on writing since I am still a newbie to the publishing industry myself, but I will repeat what I have heard most other authors/editors/agents say: write, write, write and read, read, read. It’s amazing what you absorb for your own craft when you read books you love.
2.What books influenced you the most?
As a kid, I loved adventure books, and my favorites were A Dog Called Kitty and Trapped in Death Cave, both by Bill Wallace. Then in the sixth grade I discovered R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Dean Koontz (obviously not a YA author). Still love all of Mr. Koontz books.
3. What’s the latest book that you read, that you just have the need to recommend?
Well, in ABA I just finished Dean Koontz latest book (referenced above), and in CBA I’ve been reading Leaper by Geoffrey Wood, which is funny and offbeat. Just my kind of book.
4. When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, playing with my kids, watching sports with my husband, and traveling.
5.So after this book, what is your next project?
The second book in this series in under review with the publisher at the moment. Hopefully WWCH is the first book in a series of five about the Parker twins, and their little sister, Zoey.
6.What is your favorite quote, that you believe most lines up with your philosophies. In other words, what is your favorite quote?
Actually, I love the quote Betsy Ann St. Amant uses by Sir Isaac Asimov: “I write for the same reason I breathe – if I didn’t, I would die.”
I’m also fond of the “Live, Laugh, Love” approach to life.
7.What type of music if any do you listen to?
Oh, I love music. Favorite type of music of all time is cheesy 80’s music. I also listen to contemporary Christian when I need a spiritual super-charge, classical when I am writing because it helps me concentrate and sets the mood, and at the moment I am listening to oldies from the 50’s and 60’s. Country, Big Band and Swing, Disco…I’m all about the music.
8. What’s your favorite place to write?
Well, I don’t have my home office set up yet, so I tend to write anywhere I can find some peace and quiet; the living room couch when my kids are taking a nap, or my bedroom in the evenings after my husband gets home.
Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s been an honor.
-Thanks for giving me the chance to promote the book. It sounds interesting and I’ll be sure to put as much as effort as needed to do a thorough job in promoting your book. Good Luck! God Bless!
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Justin -Thanks for helping support this new author and her book.Readers – Here are some ways you can WIN:Author D.C. Stewart is giving you a chance to win a copy of WHERE WOULD COWS HIDE?, and more! Here’s how to enter for a copy of WWCH and to enter the grand prize drawing: 1) leave a comment on this blog post (or on any of the blogs participating in the blog tour); 2) email the contest coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “WWCH ENTRY”; 3) join D.C. Stewart’s ezine list by either sending a blank email to: email@example.com or visiting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dcstewart_ezine/ and subscribing through the yahoogroups page. Book winners and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be drawn on or before May 31st, 2008 and will be notified by email. Please make sure you leave a valid email address on applicable blog posts.
Thank you, Justin, for the post. I appreciate the support.D.C. Stewart