Wow, is there really only eleven days until 25th annual SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 25th Annual Conference? January and February has just cruised on by and we’re on the homestretch of Coffee & Conversation chats. In the cyber chair today is author Carollyne Hutter! Need to catch up? Here’s links to previous #stillwerevise interviews:
- Author Laura Gehl
- Mary Barrows, Conference Logo Competition Winner
- Author Sue Macy
- Author Megan Wagner Lloyd
- Author-Illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur
- Closing Keynote Speaker, Hena Khan
- Author Meg Eden
- Author Maria Gianferrari
- Author Leah Henderson
- Author John Micklos, Jr.
Carollyne writes on the environment, science, the arts, and international topics for children and adults. Carollyne has written more than 30 articles for award-winning children’s magazines and 5 books.
She loves talking with leading scientists, researchers, and artists about their work. Originally from Wisconsin, she lives in the Washington, DC area and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
And Still We R(ev)ise, Saturday 2:40 – 3:30
With Laura Gehl, Carollyne Hutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd, Sue Macy, Lakita Wilson, Moderator: Suzanna Banwell: A panel of authors from various genres discuss their tried-and-true techniques for making their work better with each draft and how to handle the emotional ups and downs of the revision process.
And now on to the interview!
Carollyne, what was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? And now, as an adult?
My favorite book as child was a Phantom Tollbooth. My favorite adult books are the novels of Jane Austin.
What is your favorite writing how-to book, technique, or website that has helped you improve your craft or provided inspiration?
My friend Andi Cumbo-Floyd has a wonderful a book on writing, Love Letters to Writers: Encourage, Accountability, and Truth-Telling.
If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
I would be a forester. Instead I became an environmental / science writer and I often write on forestry issues.
I’m loving this answer since my son is studying to be a forester at WVU! Okay, 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?
I generally find time to read. Right now, I’m reading the Scottish mysteries of M.C. Beaton, which I always read with a cup of strong English or Irish tea.
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?
I would love to meet Shakespeare and find out if he really wrote all those plays.
LOL! Okay, you magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?
Pampering—either a pedicure or massage or facial.
What is your favorite quote?
“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”–Rumi
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Enjoying good conversation and meals with friends and family, traveling, hiking, biking, x-country skiing, walking along the beach, visiting museums, gardening and visiting gardens, learning languages, cooking, following politics, and going to concerts and plays.
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?
Join a writers’ group.
And finally, what’s your favorite:
Trick to staying motivated? Deadlines: I love when editors give me a deadline.
Guiltiest pleasure? NFL. I love the Packers.
Line from a movie?
“… Why, it would really be being unselfish to go away and be happy for a little, because we would come back so much nicer.” The Enchanted April
Love that! Thanks so much for stopping by, Carollyne, and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
Take care and happy writing/drawing, everyone!