Meet K. M. Frost, an author of young adult fiction with a passion for good music and chocolate. Her idea of a perfect day would be sitting down with her laptop and newest project for hours on end—preferably in Europe somewhere—with a generous serving of chocolate on hand. Some of her favorite books are Percy Jackson, The False Prince, and Harry Potter. She is the author of the dystopian YA series The Reality Dreamers Trilogy, and is currently working on a YA fantasy novel. In this interview, we chat about people-watching to improve your dialogue, transitioning from pantsing to plotting, favorite outlining techniques, how to fuel projects with your excitement, the multiple-project approach, and using readers as resources.
Meet H. M. Gooden, a writer, hiker, runner, and eater (which readers may note in her books). She has four children, four cats, two geckos, and a husband, so most of her off time belongs to them, which she’s grateful for. She’s currently ears deep in a massive co-writing shared world project with seven other amazing authors. You’ll love reading about her use of dictation in the writing process, her view of the writer’s role in society, and her definition of writer success.
Meet Rebecca McKinnon, author of time travel romance Beyond the Swearing Stone. When she isn’t writing, reading, or playing with her kids, Rebecca putters in the garden, makes giant messes in the kitchen, knits long strings of yarn into things she can actually wear, and tries to twist herself into interesting shapes by practicing yoga. In this interview, we chat about crafting personalized details using a character’s life experiences, writing with the end in mind, defining key plot points, and slipping in writing time with a busy schedule.
Meet India Hill Brown, debut author of middle grade ghost story THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. In this interview, we talk about reading as an empathy-builder, her family history’s influence on her passion for books, and her debut novel, of course! She also shares writing tips like using a timer to overcome writer’s block. practicing gratitude to stay motivated, and being persistent when trying to land an agent.
Meet Vanessa Rasanen, army wife, mom of four, data analyst, and author. She lives on little sleep and too much coffee. Her debut novel, Soldier On, released in October 2018 with the sequel, Let Them Fall, in the works. She is also in the early stages of working on a young adult pirate fantasy series. When she isn't writing or dreaming of writing, she loves to travel, visit breweries, take pictures, and cook. In this interview, we talk about reading to free the stuck writer, letting yourself try (and fail), personalizing your writing methods and goals, making your characters come alive, crafting natural dialogue by borrowing how people speak, and building your platform to sell more books.