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The Fabulous Blog Tour of Wonderment

Librarian Bunny Approved
Welcome to the ever-so-lovely blog tour with me — the effervescent and 100% organic Amanda — as your latest host. It's my first time hosting, but I've read books on this sort of thing, and I've done my best to be as accommodating as possible. Before we start, allow me to say thanks for stopping by. 

"Thanks for stopping by!" 

Now that the proper amount of gratitude has been expressed, go ahead and take a moment to get settled in. There are refreshments and drinks available in the kitchen. 

Your kitchen. Go get whatever it is that you eat or drink. 

What's that? It's going to take a while to brew your specially imported coffee in your fancy French press? Okay, fine. I'll wait. No, really. Go get your damn beverage. I'll just watch this hamster eating cake in the meantime.

Me, when someone gives me sweets
Oh, you're back. Are you all comfy and ready to get this show on the road? Don't answer that. I was just being nice. I'm starting anyway.

Who came before?

I'm coming hot off the heels of Austin H. Gilkeson, who spends his days working as a Japanese government bureaucrat and his nights writing middle-grade and YA fiction. He recently completed his first book, a middle-grade fantasy called MAB IPSWICH, OR THE WICKEDEST WITCH. His writing has appeared in Underneath the Juniper Tree, Spellbound, The Chicago Reader online, and will soon be featured on the YA scifi/fantasy lit podcast Cast of Wonders. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife. You can talk to him on twitter at @osutein.

What am I working on?

Since I'm still a budding freelancer, I keep busy with a bevy of assorted projects on the daily. Aside from the daily grind, I have a few short YA stories I'm in the process of writing. I hope to work on them more during next month's Camp NaNoWriMo, and maybe find a home for them after I'm done. I also have ideas for some humor pieces that may make an appearance one day.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It differs in the fundamental way in which every writer's writing is different. Talk about a non-answer. To be honest, I don't know that my narrative voice is developed enough to start making presumptions about my work and besides, I can only compare it within the limited scope of my experience. I do hope to be a little more inclusive with my writing with regards to race, gender, and sexuality.

Why do I write what I do?

With the majority of my articles and essays, I write what I do because I have a genuine interest in the topic. I choose most assignments based on my ability and how much time I have available. For fiction, I write what I do because I want to explore an idea or a world that's tucked away in my mind. Storytelling is often an exercise in escapism, and I think YA has always been my go-to narrative vehicle because it was more accessible for the types of stories I wanted to tell.

How does your writing process work?

First, I come up with an idea, usually in the shower or right as I'm falling asleep. (No joke.) Then, I mull on it for a few days or weeks or however long it takes to turn a weird thought into a constructed idea. I'll write preliminary thoughts down, change them a hundred times, work on some other projects for a while, and then finally finish the piece. While I'm writing, if I find myself staring at a blinking cursor or the same sentence for too long, I'll push the piece to the side and do something else for a while. Finishing a piece can be frustrating because I often need to give myself space to not think about a project in order to finish it, which is counterintuitive to deadlines.

Who's next?

Despite my incessant begging, no other brave souls offered to be a part of the tour. :(

Whomp whomp.

In any case, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your stay.

Now get out. I've got to work catch up on my Netflix queue. 

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