I have a special suprise, today. I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Vogel Fredrick, and here it is :) She is an author, a very good author.
1- So, how old were you when you wanted to become a writer? Did anything inspire you?
2- What inspires you the most, both as a writer and just a person?
3- What is the book you've had the most fun writing?
4- Do you have any advice to other aspiring writers out there?
5- How did you come up with the idea for The Mother-Daughter Book Club? What about Spy Mice?
The idea for the mother-daughter book club series actually came from my editor at the time, Alyssa Eisner Henkin. She called me up one day out of the blue and said, "Heather, there are mother-daughter book clubs all over the place these days -- I think it would be fun if someone wrote a story about one. How about you?" Stunned silence on my end of the phone. I have two BOYS! I've never been in a mother-daughter book club, and I never will be! But my editor recalled that I spent my middle school years in Concord, Massachusetts, where Louisa May Alcott lived when she wrote "Little Women." She suggested I have the book club read that and -- well, I was instantly hooked. Louisa was one of my childhood heroes! So armed with a title and that idea, I was off and running search of characters and a plot. And the rest is history.
As for the Spy Mice books, those came about because of a newspaper clipping I saved for many years, that told about the building of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. I'd always loved a book called "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E. L. Konigsburg, which features a couple of kids who get locked in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and I've always been fascinated with spies -- probably because I grew up watching "spy-fi" TV: shows like Get Smart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, and The Avengers. Originally, I thought the book would just feature human characters at the Spy Museum, but then one day those four-legged critters skittered into thought along with the words "spy mice," and once again, I was off and running...
6- Do you get Writer's Block, and how do you beat it?And last but certainly not least...
Thanks again, Mrs. Fredrick! :)