I'm excited to have one of my favorite authors here today! Regan Black is an awesome writer. I loved her Justice Incarnate series tremendously. She has a wonderful new series: The Pixie Chicks and I'm so thrilled she'll be here with us today! :)
1. How did you first become interested in writing?
Reading. I read all the time, even with a flashlight under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. (Still do.) I read all kinds of things from Anne McCaffrey's fantasy world of Pern to sweet teen romances. Being well read, having a true love of reading, made English and literature classes easier and I must have shown an aptitude for writing because all my teachers thought I should go into journalism.
2. Do you use an outline or write by the seat of your pants?
I'm a pantser. I've tried outlining and pre-writing and actual plotting, whatever you'd like to call it, but at the heart of it, I just sit down and let the story lead me. I've learned to use a rough guideline and notes to keep me on track, but I love the rush of a new discovery. Sadly, this makes for more time in revisions, but I'm happier and more productive when I'm not fighting my natural process. According to Deb Dixon (author of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict) I'm also a quilter, which means I'll often write parts of the story out of order and piece them together in the rewrites. In July, one of my critique partners (a die-hard plotter) and I will be giving an online class for the LowcountryRWA chapter on the topic of Pantsing vs. Plotting - I guarantee that will be one riot of a classroom.
3. What inspired your latest plot?
The Pixie Chicks, my young adult series of short stories was inspired by my own high school years with the marching band and the social whirl that went with it. When I was a kid it was still pretty safe to walk around town with friends at night (though the pterodactyl patrol could be pesky) so that's often what we did. I cringe to think my own kids would do that now (my parental prerogative.) One of the places we found was this huge old garden full of statuary, hedge mazes, etc. and we'd dare each other into games of hide and seek. None of the statues were actual portals, but our vivid imaginations gave us thrills aplenty.
4. How many books do you think will be in the series?
As many as Quake wants to put out there. These shorts are fast and fun to write and I love the characters more with every misadventure. Writing Pixies is a great outlet, especially when I'm working on longer books, because it's an affirmation that I can make it from a beginning, through the middle, to a great The End.
5. Where can readers purchase your book? Links to share?
YA Pixies are available at Quake (http://www.quakeme.com) and fictionwise
My full length adult thrillers Justice Incarnate and Invasion of Justice are available from Echelon Press (http//:www.echelonpress.com) as well as fictionwise, Amazon.com and Justice Incarnate is available at Kindle. (Invasion is coming soon to Kindle, as are the Pixies)
Readers can meet me on my blog at: http://www.regansrealm.blogspot.com
Or learn all sorts of Regan trivia at http://www.reganblack.com
I'm a regular contributor to the Quake Teen-seen blog too: http://teen-seen.blogspot.comThey can follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/ReganBlack
and Myspace is more for the adult stuff but I'm there http://www.myspace.com/reganblack
I also write articles on greyhounds too for http://www.associatedcontent.com look for the Regan Black byline.
Thanks so much to you too, Regan! :) It's truly a great blessing that you'll be here to respond to comments and questions during the day! Thank you tons for that as well!!