A: Having a wild imagination, and quirky sense of humour, it suits the middle grade fantasy genre that I write for. I think I’m a ten-year old trapped in an adult’s body.
Q: What is the most difficult thing you find about the writing process and how do you deal with that issue?
A: Doubt cripples my writing at times. I worry that my writing isn’t good enough, the situations aren’t funny enough. my characters are flat, and that no one wants to buy my books. Sometimes it’s enough to make me want to quit. I deal with it by reminding myself that ultimately, I write as a creative outlet, that I write for me, and that is all that maters. Having kids love my books is the icing on the cake!
Q: What is the favorite character you’ve created to date, and why?
A: Definitely Gaybreeeal from my new book Heaven and Hound. I’d never written from the perspective of an enemy before, so she was a ball to write. She’s flawed, mean and deliciously nasty. Through her, I got to do truly evil things—like feeding hellhounds poisoned chicken wings—that I would never do in real life.
Find out more about L.J. on her website at http://mastermindacademy.net, where you can also read the first two chapters of The Silver Strand. (For my review of The Silver Strand, see http://www.oathtaker.com/patricias-reviews-of-other-works/chaos-worry-and-fun.) Check out L.J.’s Goodreads author page on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7212767.L_J_Clarkson. (Don’t forget to follow her there!)
Finding fun and interesting reads for middle graders can be difficult. My note to all the parents of middle-graders out there is: Look no further than L.J. Clarkson.
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