Q: Benita…what made you become a writer?
A: I don’t believe I became a writer – I always was a writer! Perhaps it was the Little House on the Prairie books that first inspired me to get writing. I remember, when I was a little girl, writing a book about a girl named Lucy Larson. The story itself is long lost, but I know it began with her making a list of words that started with each of the letters of the alphabet. (I recall this because I thought myself very clever for using “Xerxes” rather than “xylophone,” my usual go-to for X.) Later in the story, she went blind; hence why I think Little House was one of my earliest inspirations.
Q: What is your typical writing day like?
A: I generally set aside some time in the afternoon during which I snuggle up in bed with my laptop. I need to be comfortable to write. Depending on my mood, I write as little as a sentence or as much as two or three chapters. With Starscape, I found it took me about an hour to write one page, so three chapters is about my outer limit for one sitting.
Q: Do you outline? If so, how extensive are your outlines?
A: For my first draft of Starscape, I had an outline. However, the first draft turned out pretty awful! When I wrote the new version of the story, I knew, in general, where the story was going in the end, and I had some ideas for the middle, which I wrote down; but other than that, I no longer try to outline. It seems to make my writing dull and lifeless. And after all, Tolkien didn’t outline – so why should I?!
Read the rest of the interview at http://jimvinespresents.blogspot.ca/2015/09/indie-author-spotlight-benita-j-prins.html