Sometimes you got to do it. When I heard Greta Burroughs was going to do a blog hop thing. I wanted to be included. So I begged. Here's the results....
Who is your favorite author, and how did they inspire you to write?
I know this sounds biased but my favorite author is my husband, Robert DeBurgh. I went through the writing process with him as he worked on his manuscript and watched as it blossomed into a really great story. He was my inspiration to start writing myself and his constructive criticism has helped me to grow as a writer.
When you write do you take notes, organize your characters and plot, or you write freely as you go?
I am a seat of the pants writer. I map out the beginning of the story in my mind and have a general idea of some of the plot. Other than that, the book writes itself and sometimes surprises me. I’ll read over what I had just written and think, ‘Where did that come from?’ or ‘How am I going to get out of this mess?’ A lot of times the plot turns out very different than I originally planned. I like writing this way; to me, having notes and an outline restrict the imagination. I have to go with the flow.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I have no idea. I just let my imagination run and the characters write their own story.
Do you write about your personal life experiences in your stories?
Not in my fiction books, but my non-fiction is a memoir of my experiences with ITP.
What is your favorite scene in your story?
In Gerald and the Wee People, Gerald and his companions are inside a volcanic mountain that is about to blow up. Gerald is on a quest to confront the deranged forest god and all kinds of scary stuff happens to the boys. It was a lot of fun to write and to read.
Are the characters in your story based on people you know?
The characters in the Wee People series are named in memory of family members who have passed away but they do not share any characteristics. The characters’ personalities developed as the story was written.
Is there any part in writing you don’t like?
I get tired of reading the manuscript over and over and over…. Every time, I change a little something here or there and have to read it again to make sure it still flows. I proofread several times checking grammar, punctuation, and other errors then read for the story. It gets very old after a while.
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Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - Heartaches and Miracles.
For more information on Greta's books visit http://booksbygretaburroughs.weebly.com/
And check out my review of one of her enchanting books.