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Town in which you reside: Waynesboro, Pa.
Day job: Pennsylvania reporter for The Herald-Mail Media
Book title: "Carson's Big Adventure"
Genre: children's literature
Synopsis of book: In this story about finding your way home, a lovable dog sets out to discover something new. He learns about himself - and about what is important - on the journey.
What inspired you to write the book? When did you start writing?
My dog ran away one night and returned home on his own after six hours. I had a search party looking all over town for him. When he came back, we joked that he was out enjoying himself at nearby businesses as we panicked.
What was your process of writing like? Did you write this all in one go or did you work on it over time?
I wrote the whole story on a flight to Houston, doodling in the margins of my notepad as I went.
Did you have any "test markets" (i.e., family and friends) before publishing? Did they offer suggestions?
My mom works at an elementary school. She read a draft to a few classes, and if it wasn't for the students' thoughtful and positive feedback, I'm not sure if I would have had the confidence to publish the book.
Writers typically get an editor to help polish copy for a book. Did you work with an editor? As someone who works with an editor for your day job, what was that like?
I did quite a bit of self-editing, then a colleague (Meg) looked over the final version.
Because I write on deadline many nights, I have to take responsibility for turning in clean copy that doesn't require much editing.