Hi writers, I hope you are all well and enjoying some primo time reading and writing as time permits in these busy days we call life. I just wanted to send out a blog letting you all know that author R.C. Lewis (whom I interviewed a while back) has had her book Stitching Snow released on October 14th. I have not had the chance to read it, but it sounds amazing. If any of you read it, please let me know what you think : )
Ms. Lewis was amazing and answered a few writing questions for us which I posted a while back and am reposting in this blog –she gave some really awesome tips of writing. You can buy her book in bookstores or online –here it is online if you’d like to check it out: www.amazon.com/Stitching-Snow-…
Also, I want to know what you guys think about how the group has run since we’ve started sending out works on Mondays and Thursdays via our last blog’s topic. Do you like it? Is it convenient? Less convenient?
That’s all for now writers! Wishing you health, wealth, happiness and joyful writing!
(Previous blog with R.C. Lewis)
“Hi guys! Hope you’re staying cool
I have very exciting news,
I got to interview author R.C. Lewis whose book:
was recently picked up by agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Stitching Snow is a young adult sci-fi story and she describes is “Snow White in space, if Snow were a cage-fighting tech-head with daddy issues”. (I got the chance to read the query for it and whoa!
Sounds awesome). She allowed me to interview her about her book and writing so I could post it here for you guys. Hope you enjoy, I think she gave some really beneficial answers on writing and a great feel for her upcoming book. Look for Stitching Snow on the bookshelves in the near future!
How did you get your start writing? Did you write as a child?I only started trying to write fiction three years ago. I'd enjoyed writing for the newspaper and yearbook in high school, but never thought I was creative enough for fiction. One day I was talking with my sister about what we liked and didn't like in some current novels, and I wondered if I could do any better. So I decided to try.
Do you have any general writing tips? Or tips on how to beat writers block?I don't exactly get writer's block, but I occasionally have to slog through writer's mud—times when my pace slows way down. Usually it's because I need to give my brain time to work through some ideas. Sometimes it means I've gotten off-course and need to back up. If you're stuck, there are a million ways to get un-stuck. Go for a walk, free-write, do some outlining, work on a different project, jump to a different point in the story, etc. You just find what works for you.
Do you have any suggestions for wannabe authors wanting to break into print?Learn about the industry. There are a lot of options these days, from getting an agent and a Big-6 publishing deal to e-publishing yourself. Make sure you understand your options and know which you want to pursue. And make sure your product is ready before you ever put it out there, whether "out there" means querying an agent or e-publishing on your own.
How long did it take you to write Stitching Snow? And for that fact, how do you find the time to write?All told, it probably took 6-8 weeks to draft Stitching Snow. Another few weeks for revising/editing, but that was unusually fast. It was my seventh novel-length manuscript, so I think I was able to avoid a lot of the pitfalls I found in earlier projects. I teach, so during the school year, I write a little in the evenings and a lot on weekends. Summers are great, because I can focus almost entirely on writing.
How did you come up with the idea for Stitching Snow?Some of my novels, I have a hard time pinpointing where the idea came from. This one is easy. There's a line in the song "Blinding" by Florence + the Machine: "Snow White stitching up the circuit-board." It all spawned from there.
What are some of your favorite books? Did any of them help to influence the writing of Stitching Snow?I'm not sure how much they influenced this particular book, but some of my favorites are the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and both the Uglies and Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld.
To get a small idea of what Stitching Snow is all about, how would you describe it?As Snow White in space, if Snow were a cage-fighting tech-head with daddy issues.
Lastly, what are you looking forward to most about Stitching Snow’s release?Well, I don't have a book deal YET. My agent is currently shopping it around to publishers. So what I'm looking forward to right now is hopefully a sale.
Thanks R.C. for the interview! All the best to you and Stitching Snow.
You can check out R.C. Lewis at her site: Crossing the Helix (crossingthehelix.blogspot.com/…