Thank you so much for being here, Mindy Hardwick
1: What genre do you write?
I write young adult, tween and contemporary adult romance.
2: I envy people who write young adult. I tried and I just can’t seem to do it. So tell us, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was in seventh grade, but I’ve been calling myself a professional writer for seven years.
3: That’s terrific. And what do you like the most and least about writing?
I love making up stories and characters. I love seeing how my characters interact on the page and what they do when I toss obstacles on them. I’m easily bored and I find that writing is never boring! There is always some new challenge to overcome or something to learn!
I think the thing I like least about writing is the submission and rejection process. It’s always hard to get that e-mail or rejection letter for something that I’ve worked hard on.
4: Oh I know that feeling. I think I can wallpaper my room with all my rejections. What do you for fun and relaxation when not writing?
I love to cook, travel, and do collage art. I keep an art journal, and find that, many times, when I am stuck writing, if I sit down and do some art journaling, the writing will unstick itself! I also love to visit the Oregon Coast and have two or three days of a reading vacation where I do nothing but take a big bag of books and read and take walks on the beach!
5: I love cooking too. Wish I could travel, but finances don’t allow it. Okay, tell us which authors do you like to read?
Everyone! Seriously. I read a lot of romance (all subgenres), young adult, and memoir! My favorite author is Jennifer Donnelly. I first read her young adult historical fiction, Northern Lights, and then I found her adult historical fiction series, Tea Rose, Winter Rose, and Wild Rose.
6: What’s the one thing you’d most like people to know about you?
I work really hard. Writing successes don’t come easy, and behind each success, there is always at least one moment when I almost threw in the towel and gave up on that story!
7: Well I’m glad you didn’t, but I understand your frustration. Tell us about your current novel, where we can find it?
I’m very happy that my first full length young adult romance novel, Weaving Magic, will be published by Muse It Up in April 2012!
Story Blurb: He loves magic and she loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher are telling each other. Sixteen-year-old Shantel and Christopher are falling in love, while failing to deal with some serious issues. Christopher's feelings about his father’s imprisonment and Shantel's feelings about her mother’s suicide are smothered beneath blankets of denial and addiction. Even though Christopher attends AA, and is trying to stay sober, the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried, and soon, the two are headed toward a disastrous magic trick which sends Christopher to juvenile detention and forces both of them to move beyond magical illusions to find true love.
8: Wow, serious stuff. It sounds great. So, do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Explore multiple genres and stay open to where the story leads you.
9: Great advice. Tell us, do you base your characters on real-life people?
Yes. In my young adult novel, Weaving Magic the story is based on some of the young teens that I work with in the poetry workshop at Denney Juvenile Justice Center. (You can read their poetry at: www.denneypoetry.com and see their art at: www.denneyart.com)
10: Wow, that’s some great poetry and awesome artwork. Sounds like interesting work. How did you come up with the idea for this book?
11: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a spin-off novella from two of the minor characters in Weaving Magic. I love the novella form and think it’s perfect for e-books. I’ve never thought that the two minor characters, Marissa and Michael, have a book length story, but I do think they have a novella!
12. Where can we find you? Website? Blog?
Stop by my blog/website at: www.mindyhardwick.com
Also, I am on Twitter at: @mindyhardwick
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