Getting To Know Our New Women’s Fiction Author
Join us as we chat with women’s fiction author Judith McLaughlin, the newest member of the Blue Moon Publishers family!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. My first works include A Dog Named Ruff and The Bunny and The Eggs. Bunny was a character driven story bound in masking tape with the illustrations crayoned by yours truly. I can still remember the pride I felt when I completed that book.
Which aspects of the writing process come most naturally to you?
The seed ideas for books I suppose. I have so many ideas in my head that someday my brain may literally explode. (If you are around pre-teens and teens a lot that will make sense to you. Otherwise I apologize).
Which aspects of the writing process present more of a challenge?
I think the hardest part for me is the later drafts of a work when I am sick of reading my own words and yet I know my story, poem, or novel can be better and tighter and stronger. I overcome that challenge by remembering my work will become better and tighter and stronger, and that is what I want for my readers.
Do you have a writing routine, and if so, what does it look like?
I am an early morning girl. The bulk of my writing and editing gets done from 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m., when the house is quiet and it’s just me with my dog Duke. His ideas are even better than mine.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
I hate to sound so boring, but no. When I was little I always wanted to fall asleep with a special stuffed animal, one I could cuddle all night. But it never happened and when I tried, the poor stuffed one ended up on the floor or pushed to the foot of the bed. Now I wish I could tell you I live on Godiva chocolates and a heavy dose of Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven) when I write. Alas, I can’t.
Do you prefer to write in the morning like Judith, or later in the day? When are you the most creative?