Welcome to the very first guest on this blog, my daughter, Hadley Grace Feyen. She wanted to take part in the blog tour on writers writing, so I asked her the questions that I answered last week. For differentiation, my words are in italics.
Hadley is discussing her work on Super Girl, a comic strip/chapter book she’s been working on since she first met Calvin and Hobbes a couple of months ago.
1. What are you working on?
I’m working on Chapter 3 in The Adventures of Super Girl. There’s going to be a bank robbery in it. In Chapter 2, there was a robbery in a house. Do you have more questions? Because I’d like some more questions.
2. How does your work differ from others in this genre?
I don’t know what genre means.
It means the kind of book you’re are writing: fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy….
OK, OK you can stop giving me examples. I get it. Mine’s adventure and in most of our books it happens outside in the jungle or in the ocean but mine takes place in lots of different places and it’s all on land. Only half of chapter 1 takes place in water. Like, somebody’s drowning.
That sounds really scary.
It’s scary because somebody’s drowning, Mama. Drowning is scary.
3.Why do you write what you do?
I chose to write this story because I like adventures and Super Girl is my favorite girl hero.
OH, so Super Girl isn’t someone you made up?
No, I heard about her.
Where did you hear about her?
Well, I heard she’s on TV but I’m not sure because I’ve never actually SEEN her. Also, she can save people but sometimes she might hire an assistant. Like the police.
4. How does your writing process work?
I kind of got the idea of a comic strip from Calvin and Hobbes, and decided to make it a little crazier. Umm, can you pause this interview? Because I have a little more to say but I have to use the bathroom.
OK I’m back and I have to tell you about what I just made up. It’s an invention called “an old fashioned computer.”
(Hadley’s holding a pencil when she says this.)
OK, tell me about your old fashioned computer.
This (points to the tip of the pencil) is the “print” button. Get it?
I get it.
And this (points to the eraser) is the “delete” button. Get it?
I get it. That’s clever. Should we get back to the interview?
Um, well, can I play computer games on the real computer because this one doesn’t have computer games.
You could make some up. Like Tic-Tac-Toe, or Hangman?
Um, yeah. Can I just play on the computer for a little while?