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Monday, April 30, 2012

Meet Mindy Hardwick

Please welcome author Mindy Hardwick to the blog today...

Mindy Hardwick is a published children's writer whose books include, STAINED GLASS SUMMER and WEAVING MAGIC. She facilitates a poetry workshop with teens at Denney Youth Juvenile Justice Center, and both books are based on this experience. Mindy is the co-editor of four anthologies, written by the youth at Denney, as well as their blog at She is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Mindy holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a member of SCBWI.

 What motivates Mindy the author? Why do you write?
The challenge! I love how just when I think I might have something figured out—from telling the story through the publishing process, everything changes and I have to relearn again. I get bored easily, and I am never bored in writing! 
What was one of the hardest things about writing a novel for young adults?
Writing in two voices and making sure both characters had an equal side to the story! At times, it felt like I was wrestling WEAVING MAGIC to the ground. Most of the time, Christopher seemed to have the stronger story, and it took a long time for me to find Shantel’s story.  It wasn’t until I played with making her an unreliable narrator, that I realized how her story worked with his!
How did you get into eBook publishing?
I first learned about ebook publishing by attending the Seattle RWA Conference. Angela James gave a workshop on ebooks. At the time, she had just been hired at Samhein.  She showed us her different e-readers and I was hooked!
How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
I try to devote at least two to three hours a day to writing. But, at times, it can be very challenging. I’ve had two books come out in the last six months, and my writing time is getting eaten up by all of the work that goes into promoting a book. I’m looking forward to things settling down a bit again!
Who is your favorite author? And, if given the opportunity to meet them, what would you ask them?
Cynthia Voigt! I would ask her how she created all the stories based around the different characters in the Dicey saga, and how she kept them all straight for each book! 
What did you do when you found out your first book had been contracted?
I cried! And then I got on the e-mail and I sent out a big yahoo to one of my best writer friends who lives in Cyprus, Greece. We went to graduate school together and have been e-mailing daily ever since. She is my lifeline when I am writing! We critique each other’s work, celebrate, and when things aren’t going well, complain about writing together! 
Do you have any words of inspiration to aspiring authors? What advice would you offer a writer trying to publish?
Patience, persistence, and keep working on making your story the best it can be!
Tell us about your current release.
He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher tell each other. Sixteen-year-old Shantel and Christopher are falling in love, while failing to deal with some serious issues. Christopher’s feelings about his father’s imprisonment and Shantel’s feelings about her mother’s suicide are smothered beneath blankets of denial and addiction. Even though Christopher attends AA, and is trying to stay sober, the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried, and soon, the two are headed toward a disastrous magic trick which sends Christopher to juvenile detention and forces both of them to move beyond magical illusions to find true love.
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Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
I am working on a tween novel for boys.
Where can readers connect with you?
Twitter: @mindyhardwick