January Children’s Books Author Interview Answer #3 “How much time do you write in a day?”

Children's Books Author Interview
Children’s Books Author Interview

Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!

I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.

Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.

The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018

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So, the 3rd question is “How much time do you write in a day? ”

1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes

My writing time varies from project to project. Sometimes I may write for a few minutes while riding down the road to pick up my daughter. Yet, there are other days or nights, where I can write for two or three hours without realizing it. It all depends on when the muse hits and I get into my creative zone.

2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin

Completely depends on the day. I work full time as a teacher so I’m often exhausted when I get home. On those nights, I often will be lucky to get thirty minutes in. On weekends, I might spend a few hours working.

3) Author #3: C.J. Rains

I try to write a little bit each day, but that doesn’t always happen, unfortunately. It depends my mood most of the time, and whether my muse shows up on that particular day. lol!

4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman

It varies. I’m a mom first and foremost, and that takes precedence. I write as much and as often as I can – sometimes just in my head at night after a hectic day when I’m too tired to type.

5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach

I probably write 2-3 times a week – I find I work on one manuscript at a time to finalize it. If I need to do a rewrite, I will take a 2-3 day break and come back to it just to be able to refresh my ideas and disconnect from it for a bit. 

6) Author #6: Cassie Miller

It varies, some days it can be upwards of six hours, but when inspiration eludes me I can go weeks without picking up a pen.

7) Author #7: Charlie Bee

This too depends on children, home, life, work balancing act really! As much as we can.

8) Author #8: Jerry Craft

I also did all of the illustrations for New Kid, so I wrote and sketched simultaneously. There were many days where I started at 8 or 9 AM and finished at 3 AM, stopping only for lunch and dinner and MAYBE a trip to the gym. I’m always writing AND drawing, even if it’s just doing page layouts or thumbnails, so it’s hard for me to separate the two.

9) Author #9: Linda Covella

That varies. It depends on what else I have to do that day. I have a small business with my husband, and I volunteer as a mentor for the local Young Writers Program. So I can spend anywhere from zero to maybe five hours a day writing.

10) Author #10: Tracy K

Depends! I like to write mainly at night when it is quite.

11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin

I put at least five hours aside each day to write, but as I said, ideas can come from anywhere, so I may be making notes in the middle of the night when I’ve got a busy brain!

12) Author #12: Lory Linn

Writing is my full-time job. Sometimes I write pieces for other people also, so it all depends on what I’m working on that day. I usually write at least four hours a day though.

13) Author #13: Karen Magnen

I do not write every day.  I would, but my publisher is overwhelmed trying to get the first seven stories I wrote him illustrated and published, and I promised him I would slow down! A typical children’s story geared for younger kids takes me only about two hours to write.  I did a larger chapter book for 8 – 10 year old children which should be published later this year, and I am currently editing a larger novel for young adults.

14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine

This is very variable. Sometimes I like to have a break and write nothing at all to refresh my thoughts and ideas. Other times I may write for 5 hours with a few short breaks in-between for a drink or to eat.

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