Monday, March 31, 2014
When I conceived Sucker Literary in 2011, never could I have predicted or even dreamed of the amount of support I would receive from the emerging writers of the YA community. Not only has the support been enormous in terms of the amount of writers who currently make up our staff and the amount of submissions we have been bestowed with, but also the support has reached across the globe and back. So when one of my own Sucker Literarywriters or staff members calls upon me to do something, I do it—because this is how we roll.
Kristina Wojtaszek is the author of If It Rains, featured in the soon-to-be-published third volume of Sucker Literary, and she is the impetus of my participation in an author blog hop where participants answer the same four questions (see below) and then introduce some fellow authors.
To learn more about Kristina, check out the links below:
The Four Questions
1. What the heck are you doing?
First, I will start with what I am NOT working on—a completed but rough manuscript that my agent inspired me to pursue. It’s a steamy NA story involving four different point-of-views. I had worked on it feverishly for a period of time (first draft was back in Nov ‘12 of NaNoWriMo)— and I needed some space. I will be back to it this summer after I finish some course work for my OTHER dream I am pursuing (becoming a licensed mental health counselor).
Additionally, I am currently working on finishing up Sucker Literary III and also republishing a little book from back in 2006 called My Summer Vacation. Though I think that I am a better writer and my current work (the first three volumes of Sucker Literary and all my manuscripts my agent has) is much, much stronger, I still believe in the first set of characters I fell in love with. I still believe in the series I created way back when. . . a series I still believe someone out there will eventually connect with. . . someone, as in, a major publisher (Entangled, do you here me?). So, I am on a quest to republish the second one in the series right now. Just like the first one I recently re-released, I won’t heavily edit it (though I will want to) but just tighten it up a bit and redo the cover. There are two more Maddie books, Fear of Falling, which is available in digital and print on Amazon, and an unpublished fourth manuscript, trying to find a publisher as we speak.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I do not hold back in my writing just like I try not to hold back in my life, which is what makes me different. I also don’t like to over describe the way a character looks, and I tend to be very heavy on dialogue, of the very authentic kind. I write from a voice-driven place and like to tackle the emotional inner life of my characters. I don’t lead with the plot when I write, but I love a juicy one, though I believe that a juicy plot comes from the complex inner workings of a three-dimensional character.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I can’t stop.
Characters float into my head innocently enough, and then I can’t get rid of them, and so I let them it out. Entire novels and short stories come to me when I fall asleep. If I don’t get them out eventually, I get very irritable.
Also, I write because I have a point-of-view that includes no bullshit and no lies and no fairy tales, and I feel this point-of-view pretty strongly and want to tell stories that have all of the above. . . with a glimmer of hope and faith in oneself.
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process is exactly like my personality:
Focused, tenacious, and filled with multitasking. Oh, and a lot of Starbucks.
Now, here are some authors that you HAVE to know about!
Kacey Vanderkarr, Young Adult Author
Blurb from her new book Reflection Pond:
Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.
Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.
Kristen Tsetsi, Journalist, Fiction Author
"Pretty Much True... is about a young woman who has the misfortune of falling in love with a man who is shipped off to war. What I love about this story is that there's nothing the least bit sentimental or saintly about Mia, the narrator. It's a fascinating study of how the casualties of war extend far beyond the battlefield that is also incredibly funny in places. Great book." - Russell Rowland, author of In Open Spaces and High and Inside
Bio: Kristen Tsetsi is the author of the novel Pretty Much True… and the short-story collection Carol’s Aquarium. When not working or writing and filming scenes for “Inside the Writers’ Studio,” a comic-relief YouTube series for writers co-created and co-written (and brilliantly edited) by author R.J. Keller, she takes pictures of things and spends time with her husband.
Jackie Hennessey, Author and Blogger
Jackie is a Rhode Island mom who understands what other mothers go through. Having worked full-time, part-time, and been a stay-at-home mom too, she sees motherhood from a variety of angles. And thankfully, with a sense of humor. Jackie is the author of the award-winning gift book, How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker, and blogs about being an imperfect mother at http://www.ventingsessions.com.
Jackie earned a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University where she received the “Best Aggie-Life writer” award. She has 20 years of experience in journalism and public relations and works as a pr consultant in Rhode Island. She pens the “Ask Mom” advice column at OnlineRI.com, writes for Barrington Patch, and guest blogs on sites like Scarymommy.com and Bluntmoms.com. Jackie was a cast member of the 2013 Listen to Your Mother Providence show and is a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, Rhody Bloggers, Rhody Bloggers for Good, and RI Digital Media Women.
When she's not folding laundry or taxiing her kids around, she enjoys venting with other women and laughing at her imperfections.
Blog & web site: http://ventingsessions.com