Author-friend Julie Frayn invited me to a blog hop. Among her books are It Isn’t Cheating If He’s Dead, Suicide City and the recently released Mazie Baby. She’s a hard-working accountant by day and an author by night. Did I mention she’s won awards for her work? Yeah. She’s tearing up the writing world as an indie author. Keep an eye on her. You’ll want to say you knew her when….
So, the rules. There are questions to answer and a “torch” to pass on.
1. What are you working on?
Currently, I’m working on raising two boys, one of which is a teen, so, you know, that should be enough. But it’s not. I spend what little free time I have writing essays about the above mentioned boys, my husband, my dog, and pretty much any other innocent person who should cross my path and get my attention. Back in November I suffered from a pretty heinous case of writer’s block because of a butt load of issues. My writer’s group suggested that I try my hand at writing something outside my comfort zone. By January I followed their advice. In addition to two blogs (this one and my weight loss journey at Plus Size Mama), I write essays (some of which you can read in my book Lemonade and Holy Stuff) and am trying my hand at fiction, penning a paranormal mystery.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
When it comes to my essays, honesty is key. The essay is, by nature, a piece of non-fiction. However, mine aren’t just run-of-the-mill. I’m not afraid to explore the stuff that really hurts, the stuff many moms, wives, and daughters think but never lend a voice to. I don’t shy away from admitting that mothering isn’t this wonderful, lazy walk through a flower filled field. It sucks. A lot. And the field has a few cow pies along the way. However, there are still flowers and we should do more than notice them. We should treasure them.
My paranormal mystery deals with murder, so you’d think it is a pretty weighty subject. There’s a lot of humor infused in it, also. I haven’t read many murder mysteries that were funny, but mine is. Go figure.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Why do you breathe? Same answer. Because my brain says I have to. I’ve written since I was young and it’s not something I can turn on and off at will. An idea gets stuck in my brain and it won’t leave me be until I process it through writing. It’s that simple.
4. How does my writing process work?
There’s supposed to be a process? News to me. What I need to say comes when it comes. Not until recent years have I taken my writing seriously. I used to just scribble things into a journal and that was it. I’ve always thought of stories but never written them down. I guess now that’s my process. Actually writing them down.
Now for the fun part. Passing the torch.
The lucky hopper is Sarah Cottrell. She’s a blogger for The Bangor Daily News. You can check out her humorous posts at Housewife Plus. She is a member of the Stay-At-Home-Mom Club and proud herder of two loud boys. She earned her MFA in 2012 and then accidentally washed it in a load of laundry. Sarah’s work can be found on popular websites like Mamalode, BlogHer, and Scary Mommy. Her work will appear in two new parenting anthologies in 2015. You can find her at: