Halloween Hop into the Woods



It’s Halloween and what better day for an author to hop into the woods. It’s gray and cloudy. Stormy winds are stirring and getting ready for a howling good evening. But before I run off to greet the ghouls and goblins at my door, it’s time to join the author blog hop. 


I was invited to participate in the blog hop by my great friend and critique buddy Gayle Krause. Gayle is a prolific author with an entertaining blog of her own. Please hop back and visit her blog, The Story Teller’s Scroll, after you spend a short time with me. Now to answer those author questions:

  1. What are you currently working on?                                                                                                  At the moment I am working on a middle grade steampunk story. The idea came from a bit of back story in my short story My Dangerous Heart. One of the lead characters had an unusual occupation as a boy and I decided to explore that occupation with a new character in a novel.                                                                                                 
  2. How does it differ from other works in the genre?                                                                          Steampunk stories are generally geared for a YA audience, but the protagonist in my novel is a bit younger. At 14 he should appeal to middle grade readers, although his hard life has forced him to ‘grow up’ fast. 
  3. Why do you write what you do?                                                                                                          I’ve always been a prolific reader. I write the kind of stories that I love to read. Real life items get thrown into the pot to be simmered down with imagination and come out reinvented. I love fantasy and nature and finding the ‘magic’ in the most mundane things.                                                                                                                                     
  4. What is the hardest part about writing?                                                                                            For me the hardest part is to silence the perfectionist. I can get trapped refining and editing a scene and never move on to the next one. It’s great to have a perfect opening, but eventually you have to let go and write the rest of the story. 

Now that I have given you a peek at my creative process, let me introduce the two fellow authors who will be moving the author blog hop forward in November. 

The first one is Jennifer Carson. Jennifer was my editor for the steampunk anthology, Real Girls Don’t Rust. Jennifer is a dream editor, supportive and caring about her authors with a good ear for fine tuning a story. You can visit her at her blog: The Dragon Charmer. As well as being a great editor, she is an author of fantasy tales such as Hapenny Magick.  Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many furred and feathered friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. She is also the head Mid-grade editor at Spencer Hill Press.

The second author I’d like you to meet is Rachel Schieffelbein. You can visit Rachel at her blog: Writing on the Wall. Rachel was one of my fellow authors from the anthology, Real Girls Don’t Rust. In her tale, Seeing Red, she turned the story of Little Red Riding Hood on its head.
Rachel Schieffelbein lives with her husband and their four kids in the same tiny town she grew up in. She spends her time reading, writing, and coaching high school speech and theater. She enjoys writing characters she can relate to, ones she would want to hang out with, or fall in love with. She hopes her readers will love them, too. Her debut novella,Secondary Characters, came out last spring from Swoon Romance.

Now I think I hear the first goblins scratching at my door, so I will have to leave you. Make sure you hop forward to visit Jennifer and Rachel and back to see Gayle and all the other authors before her. That’s what blog hopscotch is all about, meeting new and exciting authors. Enjoy!


About roxanne werner

Mild mannered mom by day, free time lost in my imagination. My journey started with Santa. Every year I raced to the Christmas tree and searched until I found the special present, the heavy one, signed 'love Santa'--a book. I would curl up and start reading, often not coming up for air until the story was done. As an adult I still look for the one special present under my tree, signed from Santa. It's the heavy one I open first--a new book, a new world to explore. I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey but reading let me travel through space and time. I visited the future with H.G. Wells, Middle Earth with J.R.R.Tolkien. I had the best of companions, characters who made me laugh, cry, and catch my breath. My sixth grade teacher opened up another world for me. Each week we were assigned to write a story. I had made up stories in my head before, but never attempted to write them down. It was the best homework I ever had. I couldn't wait to put down my ideas and create characters of my own. I was hooked on writing. Time passed and though I remained an avid reader, writing was put aside. I had a family to raise and a full time job. Now that my son is going to be sixteen, I'm getting ready to retire my 'mom hat.' Two years ago I decided to pursue writing as more than a hobby. I packed up my imagination, a pen, my PC, mustered up my courage, and began a new journey. It's been filled with ups and downs, but I won't ever go back. Like Frodo, I've learned there's a big wide world out there. Once you take one step out of your door, you are swept up and taken for an adventure. It's scary and wonderful. I've made great friends and learned so much. If I'm brave and don't give up, one day a child will pick up a heavy present under their tree and open it to find one of my stories.
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3 Responses to Halloween Hop into the Woods

  1. ellenramsey says:

    What fun–a Halloween Hop! I can hear the howling in the murky woods. Happy Halloween!

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Hey, I thought I commented on this already! Blech. I swear my computer hates me. 😉
    I love the idea of MG steampunk, it would be great for that age group. And I’d love to read more steampunk from you! 🙂

  3. This is my first stop to your blog. Nice to meet you =D I enjoyed reading your answers. I have yet to try steampunk, but I am intrigued by it.

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