Observing is the key to getting new ideas. I keep a notebook with me at all times to write ideas down.
Is it still exciting to publish a new book even after all this time?
It is the thrill of a lifetime. Each time I tear open the package with a new book in it I get gooseflesh. My name is on a book? Seriously?
Have you ever thrown away a book that you just couldn’t make work?
I have abandoned any number of outlines. The advantage of outlining or framing your story ahead of writing is that you don’t get halfway in and realize you have a dud. A novel’s storyline has to be something the writer can live with for 10-14 months. It’s a relationship, not a one night stand.
How many rejection slips did you get before your first novel was published?
I wrote 6-7 hours a day for 8 1/2 years before my first fiction was under contract. I think of it as my graduate school days—although I was “there” long enough to be a brain surgeon.
Will you be writing any more Lou Boldt or Walt Fleming books?
I am currently writing about John Knox and Grace Chu who appear in the The Risk Agent series. I have many more ideas for both Boldt and Fleming and would love to write more about them both sometime.
Will there be another Steel Trapp or Starcatchers book?
I LOVE Steel Trapp and Starcatchers but I’m busy with Kingdom Keepers right now, but someday, who knows?
Can Ridley to come to my area or school?
Local bookstores can request for Ridley to come to their store. The bookstore would need to contact to Nancy for more details.
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