Today we have author KC Frantzen with us. Great to have you here, KC!
Q) When did you start writing. What keeps you going?
A) I've been writing since elementary school, but not seriously until about 30 dog years ago! Writing a story about our PAWmazing dog, May, just would not leave me alone. I'd wake up at night, imagining all sorts of scenes and situations. Finally decided to sit at the computer, and start pounding the keys. Offering hope and positive concepts to combat the darkness rampant these days keeps me at it. Writing is one of the more difficult things I've done, but so rewarding.
Q) What was your most encouraging moment as an author?
A) Being an optimist, I'm not sure if the most encouraging has happened yet, though hearing from May's fans is right up there! When an adult says the book altered his viewpoint on how animals think, and another says the story changed her perspective on her own abuse as a child, when the Mom of an 8 year old says her son did not like to read but now, is foregoing video games to grab a book, when a 12 year old young lady is excited about May's next book… These are most encouraging!
Q) What was your most discouraging moment as an author?
A) Time management continues to be an issue. I get into the zone and want to do nothing else, but that isn't always practical with family, church and civic responsibilities. It's discouraging to have the story bubbling up, waiting for a place on the page, and not having (or making) the time. Scheduling writing time weekly, if not daily, is I think the answer to this. I struggle to find balance.
Q) What’s your antidote to writer’s block?
A) Putting words on paper or computer screen. If I have difficulty with one aspect of a scene, I skip ahead and write something else. Things tend to work out. For example, in May on the Way: How I Become a K9 Spy, I was writing diligently, and about halfway through, before it dawned on me that May is a spy. Who knew? Things fell into place after that. I'm a recovering pantster. Working from a plot outline has made a HUGE difference. Thank you Randy Ingermanson!
Q) Describe the typical writing day:
A) I'm a night person! When in the zone, sometimes I work until 1 or 2 AM. I start the optimal day around 9AM, check email and several news and writing sites, answer/make phone calls until about noon or 1PM. I fix lunch and then start to work about 2PM. Setting a timer for 45 minutes has been a big help. I work without interruption, take a break, repeat several times. Creating is much more difficult for me than editing, so this is strictly creation time. When editing (which I love) I find a timer is unnecessary. But honestly, each day is quite different.
Q) From where do you draw your inspiration?
A) So many things in life are inspiring – the trick is to keep ideas in an accessible format. Weaving current/historical perspectives and principles into the story is also important. Ultimately, it's our May with the PAWmazing, creative story to share. She is most inspirational as she dictates to me, curled in my lap. (She has no thumbs, so it's difficult for her to type it. Ha!)
Q) Tell us about your latest book:
A) May on the Way ends with a bonus chapter so May 2 continues her story. She's still fighting the bad guys. This time, she teams up with a feral cat who lives in a cemetery - in Paris!
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