Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Do You Write for Children...

If so, do you even like children? Teens? Do you have time for them, their questions? You should. Just saying. 

My daughter had an experience with a well-known, award-winning YA author a while back. It was an AP English author project, with bonus points if their chosen author answered 5 short emailed questions. My daughter did not get her bonus points. 

The author's answer to her email: "I graduated high school a long time ago. Please refer to my website to answer your questions."

I was mortified, as was my daughter who chose this author based on her admiration for the author's books.

My pain resurfaced when I recently read how this author was one of "the best YA authors of all time".

I won't hash out too many ugly details of the experience, who it was, or my daughter's embarrassment, but I was curious, would you give a reader a few minutes of your time to answer an email? Don't you think we owe our time to the readers who help make us what we are?

On a lighter note...

The sweet 3 Ups Blog Hop is the brainchild of Randi Lee. Make sure to stop by her blog and congratulate her on her most recent publishing success. Way to go, Randi!!

I give my 3 Ups to blogger Deanie Humphrys-Dunne! A super-sweet writer / blogger.

1st Up: Deanie has a gentle spirit about her. What horsey gal wouldn't? I've owned horses before. Actually we recently (last month) gave all three to a family friend. Our TX drought hasn't been kind to our pastures, and they were literally eating us out of house and home! But I know, horse people are unique. They're kind and gentle. They have to be; horses are sensitive creatures. They can see right through us, straight into our souls. Deanie's a special person. :)

2nd Up: She takes the time to interview fellow authors, featuring their stories and their books on her blog. Introducing authors on your blog is one of the kindest tributes bloggers can offer another writer. 

3rd Up: She writes for children! Another reason she's special. Check out her equine books:  

Author of Tails of Sweetbrier
Charlie the Horse
Charlene the Star
Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes
All available on Amazon. Visit her page to view her books HERE

Have a writerly week! See y'all Friday~


  1. What's up with the colored text and funky white lines, Blogger? Oh well. A post is a post, right?

  2. Thank you so much for the kind comments, Candilynn! I do think that horses are super sensitive. My horse, Peach, was that way. She paid close attention to what I wanted, and how I was feeling and she was always so happy when we were in shows! She flapped her lip when she was excited. If you look carefully at the picture above, you'll see her lip is wrinkled-it's flapping! D
    Best wishes always

  3. What a terrible answer! I'd answer an email from a fan if questions were sent. I've always answered them. In fact, the most fun I had was when a teacher sent a list of questions from her class after they read my book.

  4. I agree with Alex completely on this way. What a great compliment to the author that your daughter chose her, and what a slap that she ignored her. For someone who markets to that audience, she sure missed a fine opportunity. She must be awfully confident of her success.

  5. That's horrible. Even if I hit it huge, I would take the time to answer questions, especially from a student, any age, a fan, or another writer.

    I love whenever someone takes an interest in my work, but I'm not huge yet. :)

  6. AWESOME Ups, Candilynn. I'm so glad you made D's day. And I'm in with Alex...and offer you a big fat WTF. Anyway, sorry it took me so long to check in with you! Hope all is well in Candiland :D!!!!