I’m excited to be participating in the Gearing Up to Get an Agent blogfest/pitch contest (also known as GUTGAA), hosted by the generous YA witer Deana Barnhart. For this week’s post, the participants are doing a meet & greet.
I’m Carla, a former archaeologist turned stay-at-home Mom/writer. I grew up on Vancouver Island, lived in Los Angeles for many years, and currently reside in Wisconsin with my husband and two kids (a 15-year old girl and an 11-year old boy). I love books that transport me to different worlds, like Narnia, Oz, and Middle Earth, which is probably why I write young adult fantasy. Among my sources of inspiration are the countries I’ve visited. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on archaological digs in Spain, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Cyprus; I also lived in India for five months. I’m a big fan of Broadway show tunes, 80s pop culture, and really good coffee.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A miniature statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god from India, known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles.’ He’s there to prevent writer’s block.
Favorite time to write?
In the morning, after the kids have left for school.
Drink of choice while writing?
Coffee. Lots of it.
When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Although I love music, when I’m writing, I prefer silence, otherwise the words interfere with the flow of dialogue. I’m way too easily distracted!
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I entered a writing contest where I had to create the backstory for a fairy tale character, preferably a villain. I started writing about The Pied Piper and ended up creating a new character—his teenage daughter, Marisa. This character became the basis for my futuristic Pied Piper retelling, PIPER GIRL.
What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Find a critique partner that you trust! Mine is not only ruthless with her line edits, but also a great source of support.
Thanks for stopping by!