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Welcome to the Unicorn Thief BlogTour. You can check out my post on the Unicorns Of The Mist series here. Today we are lucky to have R.R. Russell with us to answer some questions. Hooray! So let's get started:
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer.
I wrote my first book when I was in kindergarten. It was called Billy Bear’s First Day of School. I loved planning what was going to happen on each page, and then watching my family, my teacher, and then my classmates turn those pages, wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I was hooked! From that day on, I wanted to write books.
2) What was the inspiration for the Unicorns of The Mist Series?
My family likes to camp at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island, and from there we can see some of the many small islands off the coast of Washington. Those islands, often encircled by mist, inspire so many questions. Does anyone live there? Who owns them? What sorts of things could be hidden on a small, private island, draped with mist?
Mysterious creatures? Maybe even unicorns?
Who better to discover such secrets than a girl who wants nothing to do with anything fantastical? A girl who wants only to stay safe in her shell with her own secrets for company.
3) Tell us about your process.
Usually I have a very general idea how I want the book to begin and how I want it to end, and some ideas for cool scenes that could take place in-between. I start at the beginning, but often after a chapter or two, I end up skipping ahead. I'll think of a scene while I'm running errands, waiting for an appointment, or trying to get to sleep at night. Then I'm itching to write it, and I'll go ahead and get a rough draft of it out as soon as I get a chance, whether it's the next thing that happens in the story or not. The order of events gets switched around during the revision process, too.
4) What does a typical writing day look like?
I don’t really have typical days. Sometimes I do set aside time for writing, whether an evening at the library or getting up early on my husband’s day off. Most days, I’m grabbing ten or twenty minutes here and there to write.
5) Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is at home, with the sound of my family doing their thing in the background.
6) Are you working on a new project? Can you tell us about it?
I’m working on another sequel to my YA novel, Venture Untamed.
7) What advice would you give others that write for children?
Live a full life. It will enrich your writing and get you through the tough times in your writing life. Take time away from writing to be alive, and your work will come alive.
Thanks so much for stopping by, R.R. Russell. It was great to get to know you a little better.