Thursday, January 28, 2010
A VERY INTERESTING LADY. COME SAY HELLO!
Welcome to A Pen for Your Thoughts, Virginia. What books or project are you hoping to tell us about this week?
When I created the Sister-to-Sister series, I modeled the characters after my relationship with my own sisters, so the books are very close to my heart. Plus, I drew heavily on personal experience to write this book. Third Time’s a Charm is lighthearted in places, but it confronts some tough issues, too.
SKC: Sounds really good. They all do. What special something inspired you to come up with your very first book?
VS: That question isn’t as easy for me to answer as you might think, because I write in several genres. I have published six mysteries in the sub-genres of cozy, modern, and romantic suspense. I’ve published two chick lit novels, one romance novel, and three contemporary novels. I choose to write in multiple genres because I enjoy reading in multiple genres. I figure other people do too.
VS: One of the most helpful writing classes I’ve ever attended was taught by Deborah Raney at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in 2005. She is an amazingly talented author, and she presented tons of techniques for deepening characterization and maintaining tension. I took pages of notes that I still refer to, even after twelve published novels.
SKC: I'll have to get Brandilyn's book. I haven't read that one yet. When you are in the middle of series and deadlines, Virginia, does it cramp your creativity, or enhance it, and why or why not?
SKC: Those deadlines can be murder, I know. Many authors are often asked how they deal with writer's block. How do you overcome it?
SKC: A great motto to live by. What for you is the KEY to writing a good book?
VS: The key is to let the story and the characters come alive in your mind, and then apply every skill you’ve ever learned toward the task of making that story as alive in the minds of your readers as it is in yours. Of course, that means you have to work hard to develop those skills. And you have to work hard to create a compelling story, and realistic characters. So I suppose the real key is to put forth lots of hard work!
VS: I do a bit of speaking in addition to writing, and at the moment I’m looking forward to several speaking engagements. One is a lecture at a university, which will be a first for me. And on a personal level, I’m looking forward to becoming a grandmother this summer. My husband’s sons from a previous marriage have given us five beautiful grandchildren already, but this will be the first from my side.
SKC: Great question! I look forward to seeing what people write in. Thank you so much for coming here to visit and for being a follower of A Pen for Your Thoughts, Virginia. How can our readers find you and also locate your books?
VS: Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you and the readers of A Pen for Your Thoughts! I invite everyone to click over to my website to find out about me and my books. www.VirginiaSmith.org You can also get to know a more personal side of me by becoming my Friend on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/ginny.p.smith
Okay, readers. It is now your turn. Check out the reflection above and send in your answers. We will draw the winner's name in a few days.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA MICHAELS OF WASHINGTON! BE WATCHING FOR YOUR NEW BOOK SOON IN THE MAIL.