So we’re back from the dead on the blog! This was just too good to pass up. Earlier this month I was approached about doing a Pay It Forward interview chain of pre-published authors! The idea was to show that people do make it, and even if the road gets hard, you keep going. What a great way to spread the positive vibes! Don’t worry though, I’m not going soft. See, this interview came with the added plus that I got to interview people, and got to write their questions. So, I made my interviewees write their pitch in a haiku. Seriously. I’m cruel like that. So without further ado, the first interview is with Gretchen McNeil, my YA Rebel buddy!
Can you describe your story for us in haiku form?
I hate you a little bit for this. Just a little.
banishes demons to Hell
Evil is revenged
At what point do you think someone becomes a "real" writer? Finishing the novel? Querying? Sale?
Labels. They suck.
I think writers come in all varieties and sizes, whether you’re writing copy for a radio detergent commercial or winning the Pulitzer. But for me, the moment I thought I was a "real" writer was when I wrote "THE END" for the first time on a novel. I set out to write a novel. I wrote a novel. I became a "real" writer again when I edited that novel. Then again when I queried it. Each step is part of the same journey, and I realize every day that as long as I’m continuing to move forward, I AM a real writer.
Where are you on the road to publication and how did you get this far?
I have a wonderful, rock star agent – Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown – and we are currently on submission. I finished my first novel 2 and a half years ago but didn’t land an agent until I started querying my second novel. Next step? Publication!
My interview will be up on Lisa and Laura Roeker’s blog later this week, but there are MANY others participating and sharing success stories! You can check them out here: