Friday, May 21, 2010
Come Along and Learn About Children's Author, Carla Mooney
DMc: Please share with us your defining moment in writing for children.
CM: I started Owen and the Dragon as a project for an online writing class. I had done a few scenes, but didn't think I could really tackle an entire novel. Then one night, my older son came down with the stomach flu. He kept getting up every ½ hour or so and I soon realized that I wasn't going to be getting much sleep that night. I ended up grabbing my laptop and typing away in the hall outside his room for the entire night (in between his bathroom trips!) I finished about 2/3 of my first draft of Owen that night and realized that I really could do this!
DMc: Do you find with your analytical mind for numbers helps in you developing of a story arc? If yes, how?
CM: I don't think it helps with the story arc – although I wished it did! Instead it helps keep me organized and on task, both of which I've found are important to achieving my goals.
DMc: What do you feel is the best way to keep a child's interest in reading?
CM: To read something that they are interested in! Both of my boys love stories that I'm not especially fond of reading, but I do because they are excited about them.
DMc: When developing a new manuscript do you create an outline or go with the flow of writing?
CM: I've tried doing it by flow and it really doesn't work for me. I guess that's the accountant coming out again! I like outlines – the more detailed, the better! Of course, I'm still open to change. I've gone back and made significant changes after a first draft during the editing process, like adding characters or changing plot points.
DMc: What has been your most successful marketing tool to date?
CM: I'm hoping that it will be Indie Debut 2010! It's been great to have a friendship with other authors at similar points with their books – all looking to support and learn from each other.
DMc: Please share with us your current work-in-progress.
CM: On the nonfiction side – I'm currently researching a new book on Explorers of the New World. On the fiction front, I'm developing a picture book and a new chapter book that features Owen's friend, Izzy.
Carla, it was a pleasure interviewing you. Best wishes for your continued success!
To learn more about Carla Mooney visit http://www.carlamooney.com/