Archive for January 13th, 2010
This is the first installment in a 3 part interview with fellow author Nina Johnson. The second part of the interview appears on 01/14/10, and third part is scheduled for 01/15/10.
I have always wanted to promote fellow writers in their quests for success in their careers. Recently, I’ve talked to several writers who have chosen to start a writing career at a later time in their lives. Many have raised their children, had a full career and are finally embarking on a journey to their dream. They inspire me to dare to dream.
One of those inspirations is Nina Johnson and I’ve invited her to join me on my blog.
Peg: Welcome Nina. It’s so nice to talk with you again. Thanks for taking time away from your busy schedule of the holidays and house hunting to share your journey with my readers.
Nina: Peg, thanks so much for having me. I’m honored that you would find my story interesting. Thanks for the invitation. As you know I’m travelling in the south as we get together for this interview. It is fun to take time out to touch base with writer friends.
Peg: Did you always know that you wanted to write?
Nina: No. As a matter of fact, I didn’t realize that I had any inclination in that direction. I did write a lot but never thought of it that way. I mean I did not write stories but travel logs and letters to friends and relatives kept me busy.
Peg: You and I share a passion for writing picture books. But you also write
Nina: I write as I just said letters to friends and family about travel and whatever comes to mind. I always have. Also I write a journal. I don’t always keep up with it as I should but it really helps me to keep ideas flowing.
Peg: What lead you to your writing journey? Were your parents and teachers support of your writing?
Nina: I always got good grades in school and loved writing reports and doing homework. I loved the feel of the pencil or pen in my hand. I did not equate it to writing, just doing my assignments. My parents were proud of my grades but I don’t think they ever realized that I wanted to write. How could they? I never knew myself.
Peg: As a child or young adult did you have a favorite author or two?
Nina: No, not really. I did not read much as far as books go. I was an active tomboy and since I was the oldest of six girls, I spent a lot of time with my dad working on cars and doing whatever I felt a son would do. After all, my father had no sons and 6 daughters. I thought he needed someone on his side.
Peg: I know what you mean. I was kind-of a tomboy at one time.
Nina: I did read a lot though. I read cereal boxes at the kitchen table, instructions for everything and never gave that a thought. Never thought that I was reading because they were not books.
Peg: I was the same way.
Peg: How did those authors impact your writing?
Nina: I guess as I got older, maybe when I was around 12 or so I did find science fiction fascinating. I don’t remember any authors in particular but I liked the “Best of whatever year” type of collections. Some of those stories I will never forget.
Peg: Tell my readers how you actually became a writer. Tell them what your husband said.
Nina: My husband said to me one day, “ Nina, you have spent these last years helping me get my company on it’s feet, now I want you to do what you have always wanted to do.” I asked him what that might be since I had no idea what I always wanted to do. He said, “You want to write children’s books!”
Peg: That is so cool. He’s really supportive, isn’t he?
Want to hear more of Nina’s story, check out the next installment of this interview.
This is a question and answer forum where Jennifer Laughran answered a variety of questions about submitting to an agent. Since many writers have the same type of questions about whether or not they need to have an agent, her concise answer may just be what you need to know.