My Writing Process: Back On Track
Now, on to the questions!
What am I working on?
The story follows Adana as her life shifts in drastic ways on the last day of her mother, the queen's, life. Aware that her daughter, Adana, is not of age to reign and a traitor is striking at the kingdom's borders, the queen issues a final decree sending Adana to their closest ally for protection until she can rise to the throne.
I'm working on book 2 of this trilogy at this time.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?I'm a career development trainer, and I used my understanding of how people process information through a primary sense (visual, auditory, or tactile) to create the Watchers. The giraffes bring a different element to fantasy than the typical dragons, fairies, and wizards. I've studied this animal for most of my life and realized that, just like the Watchers protect the royal family, the giraffes provide a form of security to animals on the plains. Their height allows them to see farther, and if a giraffe sees a threat, their actions alert the other animals to flee. They are Africa's watch towers.
Why do I write what I do?I write the stories that capture my imagination. I, also, write contemporary short stories and essays based on my life experiences. In addition, I have this blog and an inspirational blog.
As most writers will tell you, we write the stories that will not leave us alone. I wake up thinking about these characters and how they behave in their world. Story lines come to me at odd times. If I don't write them, they will pester me until I do.
How does my writing process work?My process changed recently. A few years ago, I reserved two days a week for full-time writing, then my mother ended up ill and in a nursing home. Between work and spending time with my mother, I wrote at the odd times available to me. My mother passed away in January, and it's taken a few months to get back on track, but I reserve at least two days a week for it. When my work schedule allows, I find more days in the week.
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Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant with a heart for children and a desire to help adults and children build bridges of hope following the pain of trauma or loss. She writes and speaks extensively to public & private agencies, courts, parent groups and churches. Sue and her husband, Hector, are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents for more than 50 children. They have authored a book about their family’s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids. Sue may be reached by email at email@example.com. Sue is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and a graduate of Christian Communicators Conference. She lives in Philadelphia and is a member of the Summit Presbyterian Church.
Visit Sue: www.suebadeau.com and www.badeaufamily.com