Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane

The word "writing" in Scrabble blocks

It's day four of Thinking to Inking's birthday month and the celebrations keep coming. Thanks to everyone for posting and tweeting about our anniversary and giveaways!  

June is all about throwbacks where we highlight some of our favourite blog posts from the past two years.  On Monday, I wrote about blogmate Stacy's publishing adventure. Every Wednesday, each contributor will talk about their favourite blog post from their own blog adventures.  

Over the years, I've learned a lot from my work as a blogger for Thinking to Inking.  Tips of the trade, what's new in the industry and growing with my blog-sisters.  But at the beginning, it was a bit nerve wracking.  How to you make yourself known in the blogsphere?  Who's going to read it? Will people like it? 

With my background in film and television, I had an idea to interview authors for a segment called "From Book to Screen (and back again)".  I would reach out to authors that have either had experience in script writing or who had recently had their novels optioned for film and television projects and ask them questions about their experience.  I had no idea where to start or if anyone would say yes.  

D.J. MacHale's Pendragon Series Book CoversAs luck would have it, I was at the 2012 LA Festival of Books when I stumbled upon the "YA to be Continued" Panel.  There, D.J. MacHale happened to be speaking.  Not only was he the author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Pendragon book series, he was also a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies including Flight 29 Down and Are You Afraid of the Dark.

After his panel, I sheepishly approached him and asked if I could interview him for our new up and coming blog.  I totally expected him to blow me off, but he smiled, looked at his watch and said "I'm done shortly here, why don't we meet in a few hours."

I was flabbergasted.  The interview was informative, fun and so easy going.  Most importantly, it set the stage for our little blog that could.  Since then, I've had the privilege of interviewing great writers including Jay Asher, Holly Goldberg Sloan and Lauren Kate to name a few.  But it all started with D.J. MacHale and that's why I've chosen my interview with him as my favourite post. 

Click here to check out the original From Book to Screen (and back again) interview with D.J.. 

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  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I just read your blog with DJ MacHale for the first time. It was lovely.

  2. Thanks Karen - glad you enjoyed it!