The fabulous Rita Monette invited me to Join the Fun, it's a Blog Hop. Check out her Tales from the Bayou to learn about her wonderful middle grade mystery series set in Louisiana in the 1950s.
Here are four questions she posed to me:
1. What are you working on right now?
Finn's Rocket, my third middle grade novel, sends 16-year-old Finn to the international space station as an unwilling astronaut. To research the book, I visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and interviewed a space shuttle engineer and the director of the Kennedy Space Camp. Everyone was extremely helpful and enthusiastic.
Other books about going to space might be classified science fiction, but Finn's Rocket is realistic fiction. It's based on technology that exists right now. What an exciting time to be a kid! Anyone who wants to travel to the international space station could actually get there within their lifetime.
3. Why do you write what you do?
In Finn's Rocket, I get to explore one of my childhood dreams. As far as writing for young people, I fell in love with middle grade kids working with them at our church. They were honest and open about what they think and believe. Young teens and tweens are figuring out who they want to be, so it's an exciting time in life. At the same time, it's challenging and can be lonely. I love those kids.
4. How does your writing process work?
I imagine characters and they let me know what they want to do. In the last two books, Finn was in charge of the story, but this time, his little sister Gabi ends up running the show because she's the one who wants to go to space camp. As it turns out, Gabi's a natural astronaut and becomes a victim of an evil plan.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please visit the next bloggers in the blog hop. Their posts should be up next week.