Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Wow I had so much fun yesterday with Ellie Garratt's Star Trek blog fest that I had to do another one.  So today I am happily participating in Christine Tyler's Sparkfest. It runs through August 26th.  Today I am going to start with her first question.

What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer?

I don't think it was one particular book for me.  I think it was three main events which made me realize I was a writer.  Even before I could read, I wanted my Dad to read Dr. Seuss  books to me over and over again.  He read "Green Eggs and Ham" so often, he started reading it backwards (even pronouncing the words backwards).  I loved hearing the rhythm and the sounds of the words, even in reverse.

When I was a little older and could read for myself, I found Howard Pyle's The Story of King Arthur and His Knights.  I was spellbound as if by Merlin himself.  I couldn't read it enough.

Then in 5th grade, my English teacher gave weekly assignments where we had to create a story using all of our spelling words.   This was the best part of my school week.  I was in class but I entered my own made up world with scenes of lint balls "absorbing" the school and people "transforming" into bacon.  I knew that this was my calling.

Come back tomorrow to check out what inspired my current WIP.



  1. Great answers! Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite Dr. Seuss book. I bet it would be fun to hear it backwards too. :)

  2. i miss dr suess!
    looking forward to your next post =)

  3. What a fun teacher! I should do that with my boys this year ~ they'd love it!

  4. I love how the accumulation of all the books we've read shape us. Love your books :)

  5. Hey Kathy! Just wanted to say thanks for signing up for my blogfest.

  6. I want to read a story where people transform into bacon :)

  7. Love this answer, and I wouldn't mind reading your stories about people becoming bacon. hehe

  8. The school and bacon made me smile. I needed that before work!

    The Write Soil

  9. Hey, I had to do that with my spelling words, too! It was so much fun. :)

  10. Cherie- It was fun. My brother and I had little contest to see who could stump the other with backwards words.

    Tara- My in-laws bought my kids a collection of Dr. Seuss and I still read it to my son sometimes. Yeah!

    Ali- It makes spelling much more interesting!

    Angie- Isn't it fun to think how different books have stuck with you? Makes you realize how important stories are to children and young adults.

    Alex- Can't wait for September!

    Sarah- Well I don't think the story was all that good but it was funny!

    Trisha- Thanks! I guess that could be considered a horror story for a vegan.

    Dawn- Glad I could brighten your day. That's what I strive for! :)

    Talli- It was fun and a good exercise too. Maybe we should come up with a crazy blogfest where we get a list of odd words and have to work them into a 1 page story. Might come up with something interesting!

  11. Love Arhurian legend. The Once and Future King definitely took its toll on my WIP.