“Are you working on a book right now?”
After “Where do you get your ideas?” and “How long does it take you to write a book?” readers often ask, “Are you working on a book right now?” My answer is always, “Yes.”
At a launch of The Dog Who Wanted to Fly this spring, I was asked, “Do you ever work on more than one book at a time?” The answer, “Yes,” has never been moreso than during the past six months:
- A counting story different in a number of ways from others I’ve seen
- A picture book story on a musical theme but no violins this time
- A picture book biography inspired by a film I saw in December
- An update of a picture book originally published in the 20th century.
When — or even if — any of these will see the light of day, only time will tell. On only one of them has a publisher mentioned the word “contract.” But two others have at least captured publishers’ “interest” in working with me on them. And I shall plug away, ever hopeful.
What projects (writing or otherwise) are keeping you happily occupied these days?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.