Along with wishing to feature fellow authors who create in the genres I enjoy (Fantasy, Horror and Sci-fi) in segments that feature their latest works, I imagined that it might be interesting to have these authors speak to the reader about the nature of their personal attraction to their genres or the specific mechanics of their creative process. This is not a game of intellectual battleships as (despite what academics may insist to be true) there is no 'right or wrong' to the creative process...it is as subjective and individual as the artists themselves. I wanted to provide the guest authors with an opportunity to allow readers to gain a sense of the person behind the art...
Patricia Puddle was first featured in my guest author segment with her children's novel Velvet Ball and the Broken Fairy. I asked Patricia if you she would mind responding to her choice of the following questions:
1. speak to the characteristics of your genre that inspire you to write:
2. describe the mechanics of your creative process:
I must say that I was so delighted with Patricia's response...her help for and love of animals resonates with me on the deepest level...teaching children to love and respect the other creatures of this much-abused planet we share is one of the most precious things an adult can foster in a child. here is Patricia's response.
As a writer of children’s stories, I’m always busy writing, editing, publishing and marketing. I also volunteer for a wildlife rescue, so I photograph, film and write about the animals in care. I also use the inspiration from the animals to create children’s stories. This week, I finally have my own website, so I added some of the short films I made of injured and orphaned wildlife to YouTube. Then I added the links to my website and blog. I was privileged to have an old school pal create my website for me. It was amazing how this happened as we came in contact when I was promoting my published books on the internet and I hadn't seen or spoken to this person since I left England and came to Australia at the age of twelve. How lucky can a writer be?
I have another children’s book ready to be published in the next few weeks. Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot was inspired by a baby bandicoot I was privileged to care for after he was attacked by a cat. I’ve added pictures to this book and it’s aimed at children aged seven to twelve, though it’s suitable for adults too. I'm also editing another Molly Gumnut book, Molly Gumnut’s Little Critters, and that should be available in the next few months. I wish there were more hours in the day as I’m also trying to find time to finish writing the sequels to Star-Crossed Rascals and Velvet Ball and The Broken Fairy.
Here is the link to my website and blog if anyone would like to have a browse at the animals and books:
I want to thank and congratulate Patricia on being the first to participate in this new segment.