Here is a 1/2 Dozen with Laurel Snyder -- a poet, essayist, anthology editor, novelist for young readers and picture book author who explains why ...
"...writing is hard. Inspiration only changes the way in which it's hard..."
"If you feel like you've exhausted faith as a subject, you aren't actually thinking about faith."
And here goes:
1. I despise the pervasive myth of inspiration – the idea that an entire book can exist simply because of an accumulation of inspired ideas – but I don’t deny that inspiration exists. There are things that have no other explanation. Was there a singular moment of inspiration for this book?
3. What's your advice to a writer who's looking for a lifelong partner? Any particularly useful traits to suggest in said partner?
4. What other jobs have you had -- other than writing or teaching writing? Did one of these help shape you as a writer?
5. Was there an extremely influential writing teacher who was impactful on your writing life?
6. Faith. Do you consider yourself religious? If so, how does that manifest in your work and/or your process?
Faith plays a big part in my writing. To begin with, I tend to write about it as a subject (mostly in my work for adults, but also in some of my picture books).
Laurel Snyder is the author of three novels for children, Penny Dreadful, Any Which Wall and Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess (Random House) and two picture books, Inside the Slidy Diner and Baxter the Kosher Pig. (Tricycle).
In addition to her books for children, Laurel has written two books of poems, Daphne & Jim: a choose-your-own-adventure biography in verse (Burnside Review Press, 2005) and The Myth of the Simple Machines (No Tell Books, 2007). She also edited an anthology of nonfiction, Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes (Soft Skull Press, 2006) A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow, Laurel has published work in the Utne Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Revealer, Salon, The Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. She is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, but most of all, she is a mom.