I have always been intigued with children’s books and how their authors come up with their storyline. Today Maria Schell Burden answered questions that I had.
How do you write? Computer or longhand?
For my children’s books I usually start out my stories on a yellow legal pad, writing longhand, and jot notes in the margins, mark up the text manually, then type it once it starts to really take shape. My husband and I are both writers and we have about 8 million legal pads in our offices. Not exactly the answer an environmentalist would hope for!
How did you come up with your story?
The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse is actually based on real life. Our son and his fiance actually saved an orphaned baby field mouse and raised him. He does really funny stuff, he comes when they call him, and he’s adventurous. Their big Queensland Heeler dog is his brother and sidekick. We thought it would make a cute kids picture book, so here we are!
What advice would you give wanna-be-writers?
I would tell wanna-be writers to get started writing now. Start writing something you’ve been wanting to write for a long time and forget about whether it is “marketable,” or if it is, or will ever be any good. Twenty years ago all wanna-be writers were constricted by the rules of the established print publishing industry and had no other prospects for getting our work published. Today, the publishing options are infinite, so do the very best work you can do, make sure it is well-edited, and get it out there!
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF CHOWDER THE FIELD MOUSE $4.99