Special thanks to Laura Gehl for inviting me to participate in The Writing Process Blog Tour. You can find Laura’s post at Laura Gehl (www.lauragehl.com)
As to the four questions…
What am I working on?
I usually have several projects going at once. At this time I’m working on a sequel to my Fall 2015 picture book, My Dog’s A Chicken (Schwartz and Wade) and the sequel another picture book Who’s The Grossest of Them All (Schwartz and Wade). I just completed the fourth rewrite of my YA novel, The Day Sasquatch My Journal, and I’m knee-deep in a second YA action/adventure book for young women.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My books are a reflection of my off-beat sense of humor. I find humor in some pretty odd places and my interests are diverse.
hy do I write what I do?
I write to get the characters out my head. They drive me crazy sometimes.
How does my writing process work?
For picture books it’s all about the idea. Once I get a good idea, the story and voices just start flowing and I have to write it down. That’s the easy part. The hard part is the editing and rewriting until the story is told using the best vocabulary and sentence structure possible. My critique group has been invaluable to me.
For YA the process changes. Sometimes I write from an outline and I’ve also written straight out. When I say straight out I mean vomiting the story out on the pages and cleaning up the mess later. I would have to say writing from an outline makes more sense.
Tag, you’re it:
I’m happy to tag the talented Page McBrier. Page McBrier is the author of 44 books for young readers, including the award-winning New York Times bestseller, Beatrice’s Goat. New releases include her action-packed middle grade time travel novel, Abracadabra Tut, and also One Cow and Counting, her latest book for Heifer International, an organization that works to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. You can find Page’s post at http://www.pagemcbrier.com
About Susan Montanari
Susan McElroy Montanari spent the majority of her life on the beach and tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, Georgia. While living in Connecticut, Susan was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature: one for her picture book, My Dog’s A Chicken, and the other for her middle grade novel, The Day Sasquatch Ate My Journal.My Dog’s A Chicken, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published by Schwartz & Wade at Penguin Random House, was released February 9, 2016 Schwartz & Wade is also publishing Susan’s following titles, Who’s The Grossest of Them All? Illustrated by Jake Parker (Fall 2016),Hip-Hop Lollipop, illustrated by two time Caldecott Honor recipient Brian Pinckney, and Who’s The Rudest of Them All?, illustrated by Jake Parker. Susan’s hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, natural science, legend tripping, and cryptozoology. She has three daughters and two son-in-laws. After several years in Norwalk, Connecticut she returned home to Savannah, Georgia, where she resides with her husband, Dan, and a cat named Tybee.