Why I write

Woman with a QuillAlways Josefa started this ‘blog hop’ a while ago, in which a whole heap of bloggers answer a few questions about why they write.

Zanni from My Little Sunshine House posted her response here and ‘hopped’ to me.

So, here goes:

What are you working on?

Finalising the editing of my four kids’ novels due for release with Allen & Unwin next year.

A few poems – this is new for me. I’ve actually been a little possessed by poetry for the past month. I’m planning on entering a poetry slam in a few weeks. Will post more details as the date nears. Eek.

This blog… well, not enough. It’s my ‘rest-of-the-year-resolution’ to post more.

How does your writing differ from others in its genre?

I think the main difference is that I have an axe to grind.

I’m actually on maternity leave from my job as a journalist with the ABC – a role that requires extreme objectivity.

My creative writing (the kids’ books, poetry and blog) is the opposite to my journalism in that it’s done with an agenda.

It’s largely driven by a desire to infiltrate the pink aisles of stores across the world with stories that break down cliched stereotypes.

Why do you write what you write?

It all began when my daughter was bombarded with princess paraphernalia as a baby still in hospital.

The unimaginative, gender-limiting, mass-produced crap that is served up to our girls from birth to womanhood is what motivates me to try to make a difference.

I figured there was no use complaining if I wasn’t willing to come up with an alternative.

So, that’s what I did.

Coming to a book store near you in 2015. 😉

Books aside, I write because it’s a simple pleasure. It’s a release, a joy, a therapy. It’s not a chore.

I love writing in the same way people love abseiling or tap-dancing or bonsai-growing or cheese-making or playing Tetris.

We all have our ‘thing.’

How does your writing process work?

The first book came easily. Libby (first-born) slept A LOT. She slept so much that I was actually bored while on maternity leave and decided I might try to pass the time writing a book, or two.

The third and fourth books were a little different. The words came easily, but the time to get them down did not. Jonah (second-born) does NOT sleep. I wrote the bulk of the last books in the dark hours when I should’ve been catching up on lost sleep myself.

As for blogging, I think it’s fun but it’s been an afterthought so far. Now that the books are done, I plan to spend a lot more time posting and connecting with other bloggers.

Speaking of which – here’s where I hop to the next blog.

Meet Amber of Adventures of a Rainbow Mama.

(I think the rules of the original hop were that I was supposed to hop to three bloggers, but all of my favs – aside from Amber – have already participated. Plus, I need to expand my connections in the blogosphere – feel free to link to yours in the comments if you want to connect).

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