Monday, April 8, 2013

All Day Q&A

One of my favorite bloggers, Natalie Whipple, has one day a week where she lets her readers ask her any question they come up with. I've always wanted to do it, but I was too nervous. What if no one had any questions and I ended up just feeling embarrassed?

Today, I've finally decided to give in. The questions will likely inspire other blog articles, plus it would be a good way to find out what interests my readers.

So, ask away! The questions can be relevant to the blog (writing, reading, querying, historical research, Vestal Virgins, voodoo, etc.), they can be personal, or they can be silly. I'll even tell you the color of my toothbrush if you really want to know. (It's purple.) 

7 comments:

  1. What area of history do you feel like you will tackle next? Is it something that just occurs to you, or is it planned?

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    1. Good question! After I'm done writing about Marie Laveau, I'm going to write about Joan of Arc. Unlike many historical fiction authors, I don't prefer time periods or areas of history more than others; in fact, when I first started working on Sacred Fire, I didn't much care for Romans. I get pulled in by stories. I love Tuccia's story, and Marie's, and Joan's. I can't plan when or where I'm going to hear a good story that I want to retell.

      I have noticed, though, that the stories that interest me are all religious. I'll probably write on religious topics for a while if not forever, but I'll bounce around from time period to time period.

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  2. What gets you revved up on a topic. How does a particular person/story pull you in to the point of inspiring you to further explore it through storytelling?

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    1. I think falling in love with a topic is much like falling in love with a person; it happens randomly, on accident, and you don't know why at first. Later, you might notice a pattern, but it's never predictable.

      In writing and reading, I'm gripped by stories I've never heard before. If the story is surprising or unusual, so much the better. It also has to have meaning for me. I only get revved up on a topic if I feel the world will be better for hearing about it.

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  3. Generally (and besides what you've already written on), are there certain areas or periods of history you're really intrigued by? Conversely, are there certain areas or periods of history that are not interesting to you at all? (I know I have a few of my own for that).

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    1. Since I enjoy reading about things I've never read about before, I don't have favorite historical periods, but I get tired of periods that are over-used very easily. Like World War II. I could go the rest of my life without reading about World War II. I'm also not in love with novels about European royalty. In fact, I rarely like books about queens at all because they're all the same.

      I've always really liked books in Asia. Eastern culture is so different from ours, there's always something new to discover.

      Out of curiosity, which periods of history do you not find interesting at all?

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    2. Super interesting!

      I've always loved social history - because I feel like history is really about the masses of people and their experiences. Accordingly, I dislike when history is approached solely from a political or economic standpoint - I don't think history of political leaders/prominent figures, etc. really reflects the overall history of life at any certain time or in any certain place.

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