THIS is my modest contribution to a blog hop, it’s somewhat like a chain letter for writers, but has none of the nasty connotations those horrible epistles carry with them. I suppose it’s a bit of fun for writers yet at the same time encourages a pause for reflection on your own work.  (Hmmm, look at that, writers can’t even have harmless fun without taking some aspect of creativity and writing out of it, oh well…)

I was brought into this by a fantastic writer Michelle Dooley Mahon, she can be found here,Michelle Dooley Mahon. She really should be read more, she writes a lot about her mother’s Alzheimer’s and I am so looking forward to her being in print and her sheer humanity attracting the attention it deserves. She has a beautiful writing style. Also, in addition, not only that, it has to be said, she can nag!!! Which is why I am finally getting on with these

TEN QUESTIONS FOR A WRITER

1. What is the working title of your book?

Plain and simple it says it like it is for me at the moment – “untitled children’s book”  I believe and I have experience of this, that the amazingly perfect title will come from within the book itself.  There will be an image, a character, a statement, an episode, something that will present me with the title

2. Where did the idea for this book come from?

I’m also, slowly and at my leisure, working on an auto-biography. AS part of that I was remembering the freedoms of our childhood back then and I am aware of the restricted lives modern children through no fault of theirs live. It seems to me that there is a radius of free movement childhood contains and it is increasingly narrowing. The poor things are brought in the bubble of an automobile from one structured safe environment to another. They are denied the expression of themselves inherent in unstructured, adventurous, play.

I want to give voice to that and to them as I seem to see it.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Older Children’s fiction which is loved by adults also.

4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a film of your book?

I am really not qualified to answer, lacking the knowledge, so, my best answer is, those chosen by a sympathetic film company.  They would love the project and grasp it’s essence.  They would bring their own vision to bear and thus their choices would be made.

5. What would be a one sentence synopsis of your novel?

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn rewrite Lord of the Flies but do so on an i-pad.

6. Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

Leaning towards self publishing a lot these days. I was even reading up on one approach this morning before posting this. However, if any agency wishes to contact me, feel free to do so.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’ll let you know in due course.

8. What other books would you compare this to, within the genre?

I’ve already mentioned some, see the one-sentence summary. However, oddly enough, The Hunger Games keeps rattling around in my head, plus others such as the long forgotten, Swallows and Amazons and The Flight of the Doves.

9. Who, or what, inspired you to write this book?

My own childhood and that of my own children and the freedom to roam that we and they had, compared to the restricted lives of children I know today.

10. What else can you add that might pique your reader’s interest?

Do you really know what your children do when there are no adults around?

Keep on writing my friends!

for the next link in the chain I nominate Emma Thompson,about