Monday, Monday! Hello friends! Today is a good day. Why, you ask? Because we get to spend some time with yet another one of our amazing faculty members for the Lucky 13 Conference. Registration closes this Friday the 13th. I know, spooky, huh? If you need to catch up on all things MD/DE/WV regional conference, go to Laura’s blog post here (she makes my job so easy!).
And now back to the subject of amazing faculty members. I’m super excited to welcome our former co-regional adviser and all-around lovely person, Edie Hemingway! She will be presenting “The DOs, DON’Ts, and MAYBEs of School Visits” for our PAL members in a breakout session.
Edie earned an MFA from Spalding University, Louisville, KY and is co-author of two Civil War novels, licensed by Scholastic Book Fairs and optioned for films. Her most recent MG novel, ROAD TO TATER HILL won a 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and was named to the 2011/12 NC Battle of the Books list. Edie currently teaches in both Spalding University’s MFA program and McDaniel College’s Graduate Certificate Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
And now that Edie is all settled in, let’s get started. First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
Hot tea the British way with milk and sugar
And your favorite snack?
A handful of salted cashews
What was your favorite book as a child?
Anything by Elizabeth George Speare, but particularly The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Calico Captive
I’ve made no secret of this – The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one of my all-time favorites!
When did you decide to be a writer?
In 4th grade when I won my first writing contest.
What advice for beginners do you wish you would’ve followed?
I think I just wish I had actively pursued writing at a younger age.
A lot of us can relate to that! So, what is your favorite writing how-to book, technique, or website that have helped you improve your craft or provided inspiration?
Where’s your favorite place to work?
In my writing cabin
Folks, I’ve seen the inside and it is lovely! I have total writing-space envy.
So, if you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
Teaching Special Education
You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses are fine, (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?
Sena Jeter Naslund’s newest release: The Fountain of St. James Court or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman
For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?
Mark Twain—I think he was way ahead of his time.
You magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?
Go out to dinner with my husband.
What is your favorite quote?
“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” William Faulkner
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?
Two words: Embrace revision!
The simple truth.
It’s time for the lightning round—no more than four words per answer!
Do you . . .
Outline or wing it? Mostly wing it
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep it zipped? Talk to family and close writing friends
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft
Prefer writing rough drafts or editing? Editing
Dread marketing/blogging or love it? Dread it
Read Kindle or traditional books? Both
And finally, what’s your favorite:
Time to work? Morning
Music to listen to while writing? I can’t write when listening to music unless I’m specifically writing a scene in response to music.
Writing tool? I can never completely give up a pencil and notebook.
Pair of shoes? My jambu sandals
Guiltiest pleasure? Macaroni and cheese
Line from a movie? “Tomorrow is another day.”—Gone With the Wind
You go, Scarlett! Classic.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Edie and again, for everything you’ve done for our region. It’s going to be great to see you at the conference!
Have a wonderful day writing and illustrating, friends!