I know you are working on your book, a YA novella called "O Brother." Do you find feedback from online writers’ critique forums helpful in your writing?
Online critiquers are especially helpful. To receive such immediate feedback from writers on websites like Scribophile has helped me so much. Sometimes in person critique groups can be intimidating for beginning writers so meeting writers in an online setting has its potential. I suppose it can be compared to introverts finding their love on an online site like match.com.
My regular readers know I have some unusual writing habits, and I understand you do, too. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of writing in varied environments vs. writing in the same environment everyday?
I never write from home. I feel home is a place you hang your hat but it’s also filled with distractions. I like to write away from home so that I feel like I’m truly at work and where my ideas flourish.
That's a great way to look at it. Every writer has different techniques and processes. If you could talk to any famous writer, what would you say?
I would ask the writer about their routines, their motivation. I would ask them about those secrets in a novel that remain mysterious yet amazing. Let’s say for instance I had a sit down with Donna Tartt, I would really want to know how she found the time and energy to write such long beautiful narratives. My writing tends to swing towards the shorter novella so I would really like to know how she works out her outlines to draw out the story.
Readers rarely get posed this question. But I think it’s important to address the reader. Therefore: Reader what are you looking for when you pick up a book? Is it for time pass? Is it because someone told you to read it? What makes you reading a book so special?
What about other kinds of entertainment? What is your favorite movie?
I loved the movie Kite Runner. I would love to have a son like the character of Hassan. Someone who is so genuine and forgiving and humble. Hassan’s character is a devoted servant and loyal friend to his brother Amir. Hassan eventually dies to the hands of the Taliban, in Afghanistan for defending his father’s house from takeover.
Trin Carl writes YA and Contemporary fiction. She enjoys dance and writing her two blogs50schoolsn90days and theglobaldig.blogspot.com. From Minnesota, Trin enjoys the outdoors and all the seasons, especially the fall as it reminds her of her days teaching and attending school at Metropolitan State University. She can be contacted on Facebook, Goodreads, or Twitter.com/trincarl