Good morning ladies and gentleman. I am honored to present a children’s author, talented Carrie AnneVaught. Carrie who has recently released her first children’s book titled Twin Mischief, has agreed to share with us her insight into the writing and publishing world.
Carrie loves writing new adventures and escaping into her own many worlds. When she isn’t writing, Carrie enjoys spending time with her prince and princesses, being a housewife and reading during her quiet time.
Ica: That is lovely, Carrie. When and why did you begin writing and what does your writing process look like? What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Carrie: I started writing poetry as a teenager. I was bullied growing up, and it was my way of expressing my emotions without hurting someone else.
My writing process is a mess. I have all different names written down, but no outlines because I talk my story through. All finished work goes in a folder, but as for everything else, it’s right next to me all over the floor.
My least favorite part of the publishing/writing process is editing. For everything to be just right, and still convey the message I want, takes time.
Ica: Is Twin Mischief your first book? What inspired you to write it?
Carrie: Yes, this is my first book.
My children. When they were really little, the begged me to read a book to them, but I was so tired, that I didn’t feel like reading. I didn’t feel like turning the light in their room back on, so I held them, and made up the story right there. After that they begged me to write it down, then publish it.
Ica: How did you come up with the title?
Carrie: While my girls aren’t twins, the princesses in the story are, so Twin Mischief seemed perfect. Plus children that age tend to get into a lot of mischief.
Ica: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Carrie: That no matter the form of the friend, whether they be two legged or four legged and furry, they are a friend.
Obey your parents, because sometimes they do want to protect you.
Ica: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Carrie: I’m currently working on a second Twin Mischief as well as a Young Adult novel.
Ica: How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Carrie: It depends on the book. In my Twin Mischief book, I used my own children’s names. It seemed appropriate since the story was for them to begin with. My YA novel, some of the names have meaning, and some just because they sound pretty.
I use baby name websites to help me find names.
Ica: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Carrie: I actually do read my reviews. I don’t respond to them.
For the bad reviews, I just take it as a way that can help me be a better writer. I remember, not everyone is going to like what I like. Everyone is different. So everyone has different points of view.
Ica: What is your best marketing tip?
Carrie: I’m still trying to learn that one as well.
Ica: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
Carrie: Zombies. They freak me out.
Ica: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Carrie: There are a couple. Death is one of them. I have a really hard time dealing with death as it is, so writing about it is really hard.
Also, racy. I’ve never been comfortable describing anything to do with my physical love life, so I think that writing about it in a book would be just as difficult.
Ica: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Carrie: Self-discipline. Just the sitting down and writing for me is challenging.
Ica: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Carrie: Robert McCammon. His writing is so smooth and beautiful. You can really see his worlds through his words.
Ica: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write. If you have a story in you, just write. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world to write. I don’t have a high school diploma, and I’m a published author. All the hard stuff is what editors are for.
Ica: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Carrie: Thank you so much for taking a peek inside my world, and enjoying it as much as I do. Thank you.
Connect with Carrie on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1JmmBhF
Amazon paper and eBook: http://amzn.to/1JmmNxf
Smashwords multiple venues for download: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493871
Createspace Paper copy only: https://www.createspace.com/5106764