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My Interview with Best Selling author Heidi Jon Schmidt (part 3)


The final segment of my Interview with this fascinating author!

Q. and the all important: What does the process of going from “no book” to “finished book” look like?

A. I guess references to the Jonestown Massacre would be inappropriate? For some people it’s a pretty orderly process. I envy them and I try to be more orderly with every book. But I also think it’s important for the writer to be on a quest of his own, to be trying to understand the story in a million ways, and learning new things through the whole process of writing. When the writer figures something out, about the characters or the story– that generates real excitement for the reader. I’ve generally needed an editor at the end, the way one needs an obstetrician at the end of a pregnancy. And sometimes the editor has needed forceps.

Q. Where/when do you first discover your characters ? more »

Don’t Miss Part 2 of my Interview with Heidi Jon Schmidt

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Part two of this writer’s world will appear on my blog on Tuesday, Dec. 10th and the final installment on Thurs. Dec. 12th



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Heidi is a beautiful, thoughtful writer.  Her characters jump off the page and remind us that we are all so…so human. heidi.oyster more »

How Do those oysters get to your Dinner Table? Interview with Heidi Jon Schmidt (1of3)

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Q. Where do you write? Do you have a special room, shed, barn, special space for your writing?

A. I write in bed. It started during a chaotic childhood when my bed was pushed into the quietest corner of the house, a safe place to withdraw to and think, imagine, write. And now that I have my own house, family, garden, life….it’s still the place where I feel most connected to my imagination.

Q. Do you have any special rituals when you sit down to write? (a neat work space, sharpened #2 pencils, legal pad, cup of tea, glass of brandy, favorite pajamas, etc.)

A. The minute my daughter walks out the door for school, I take a cup of coffee up the stairs. And I don’t do anything else until I’ve gotten a day’s work done.

Q. What is your mode of writing? (long hand? Pencil? Computer? Etc.) more »