Children’s Books, Picture Books, Literature
Welcome to my weekly guest blog series for authors, writers and illustrators:
This week I’m featuring an American author of fiction, plays, and chilren’s books, Trisha Sugarek, who just completed her latest novel, Song of the Yukon.
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It took me three years to write this saga. (87K words) I didn’t know it at the time, but I was letting it ‘rest’ at certain points and I think it is a better story for it.
Let It Flow
I have learned over the years to let it flow organically; when characters come busting through the door, I welcome them in. They always tell me their story and it always fits with what I am writing. The indigenous people in Song of the Yukon joined me early on. Black-eyed Joe was sitting in the back of the village store and LaVerne (heroine) and I were both surprised to find him there. Then I went on to meet Joe’s brother, Elk-tail and his mother Edna.
Without exception, at some point (early, if I’m lucky) my characters take over the story and I become the typist. I interview authors on my blog and so many of them say the same thing, so, with relief, I find I’m not as crazy as I thought I was.
Draw on Experience
The story about my Auntie LaVerne running away to Alaska is a true family tale. So all I had to do was pull from the many stories my mother told me as a child.
Do Your Research
But, living ‘off the grid’ in Alaska in the 1920’s? This is where the Internet can be a writer’s best tool. Can you believe that we used to have to go to the library and do all this research, pouring through books? With a couple of clicks I was able to use the Athabascan (native American) language, their folk lore and their customs. I was able to build a dog sled, from scratch with only wood. I was able to set a fur trapping line. I was able to build a cabin with only hand tools. (think about it) I was able to train puppies to become a dog sled team. I was able to describe, accurately, a funeral potlatch.
My advice to other writers is: write every day. If you get stuck, let the story rest; go write something else. And never, never give up!
Bio: Trisha Sugarek has enjoyed a twenty year career writing stage plays, fiction, children’s books and poetry. In addition to a half a dozen full length plays, she expanded her body of work to include four children’s books, eight novels, of which five are a series of true crime mysteries. She has written a collection of ten minute plays for the classroom. Most recently she created four journal/handbooks (instructional) for writers. Her active blog encourages and helps other writers.
Trisha lives in Savannah, Georgia with her golden retriever, Gusto and a ridge-back hound, Miss Molly and their cat, Fiona.
Visit Trisha: www.writeratplay.com
Guest blogger host, Joseph Drumheller, is an award-winning author and energy healer. He creates children’s books for Golden Bell Entertainment.
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