Welcome Carol Raj to Writer Wednesday!
When did you decide you would be an author?
When I was in second grade, my story about a duck received a gold star and a prominent place on the classroom bulletin board. I had always loved books and stories, but had never realized that real people actually wrote them.
What is my pet peeve?
The new practice of editors and agents not responding at all to submissions. It leaves authors hanging. How long would it take someone to type “No thanks” and hit “Send?”
What was my most embarrassing moment as a writer?
I haven’t had one yet.
What is my most difficult challenge as an author?
Marketing! It’s against my nature and my upbringing to draw attention to myself.
How do I take rejections and/or negative reviews?
My response ranges from stoic acceptance to internal grumbling.
What do I feel is the best success so far in my writing career?
I was very encouraged by a review calling my novel, “The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith,” a “hidden gem.” It was very encouraging.
What is my current work in progress?
A Young Adult novel entitled “Charlotte Masterson Gets a Life” is under contract. I’m also working on another faith-based YA novel and a secular adult novel. I’m not yet sure which one will take off.