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message 1: by Kathy (last edited Aug 29, 2013 03:41PM) (new)

Kathy | 905 comments Here is a new Q&A, with author Maureen Dudley. She penned the book The Plateau: Voices of the Earth. The Plateau Voices of the Earth by Maureen Dudley
Here is the synopsis:
What if you have a half a second to stop the extinction of the human race? What if that pivotal day to save humanity depends on you saving your own life? Catherine's life and humanity's continued existence depend on her ability and willingness to believe in an altered, future timeline with a cololny of Earth inhabitants. It couldn't come at a worse time. Catherine's father dies unexpectedly. The pressure of her research and advocacy work adds dead weight to her life's precarious tipping points. Catherine's losing battles includes sleep deprivation. Sleep eludes her, because when it does come, she finds herself repeatedly dreaming about standing on the same high plateau with her greyhound dog, Addy, surrounded by plants and animals and insects, and then poof! The living landscape transforms into ash.

Please have the questions in by September 8.


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Kathy | 905 comments What inspired you to write this book?

Do you have any advice for those that wish to be writers?

Did you know as a child that you wanted to write a book?

Do you have any books planned coming out soon, or are you in the process of writing another book?


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Olivia McCloskey (brewingupbooks) | 2470 comments Mod
When did you start writing?

How do you overcome writer's block?


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Ella Where do you find inspiration to write?

How can this book relate to you in real life?

How do you prevail with writing even if others aren't 100% with you?


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Mpiggy What is your favourite part about having a book published?

When first thinking of the book you want to write, do you like to plan everything out, or do you like to let the story write itself?

Do you have many unpublished books? if any at all?


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Josephine (HoboMonkey_x) | 1 comments What were your inspirations?

What age did you start writing?


message 7: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 905 comments Here are the replies:

What inspired you to write this book?
I worked as an environmental engineer for over twenty years. I wanted to write a fictional book that contained factual information about some of the issues we are facing today and what the consequences for future generations could be based on what we choose to do, or choose not to do.

Do you have any advice for those that wish to be writers?
I know this is said a lot, since I have read or heard this very same advice; if you want to be a writer you have to write. Start putting your ideas down and find your own rhythm; when do you like to write, where do you like to write, do you like structure or do you like to let your writing flow freely.

Did you know as a child that you wanted to write a book?
Interesting question. I remember making up stories in my head when I was young and I started to write short stories when I was in junior high and throughout high school. I think the idea of writing a novel was always in the back of my mind but that is where it stayed for a long time.

Do you have any books planned coming out soon, or are you in the process of writing another book?
While writing The Plateau-voices of the earth I knew I there was more to the story. I am in the process of researching and writing the second book, The Plateau-voices of the future and there will be a third book The Plateau-voices of the past.



When did you start writing?
Pen to paper when I was in junior high. Although, as I mentioned, I had stories running around in my head at an earlier age, some of them fueled by a combination of loving books and boredom during car trips. To break up the monotony I’d make up a story about something I would see along the highway or what I imagined the lives of people were like in a town we passed through.

How do you overcome writer's block?
My first thought was, I really didn’t get writers block with the first book, but then I realized I was defining writer’s block as not being able to come up with anything to write about, the blank page problem. However, there were several times when I stopped writing for weeks, not because I couldn’t come up with the next chapter, but because of my own critique of chapters I had already written. A paragraph, a page, or even two, that I felt needed work did not deter me, but when I found myself looking at chapters that I did not think worked the way they needed to, I found myself stepping completely away from the book. I would walk every day with my dog, cook, ride my bike, hike, read, go to the movies, anything but write. Then a plot point or piece of dialogue would click in my head, I’d put it down and the cascading effect of the pieces coming together would start.



Where do you find inspiration to write?
I find inspiration in the world around us.

How can this book relate to you in real life?
One of the principal characters, Catherine, is an environmental engineer. Her career diverges greatly from mine but I did draw from my experiences to create her.

How do you prevail with writing even if others aren't 100% with you?
Understanding why you want to write and why you want to write a particular story is, in my opinion, very important. I think it is also invaluable to have people who support you, are honest with you, know how to provide considered critique of your work and being open to that critique.



What is your favourite part about having a book published?
Holding the completed book in my hands for the first time.

When first thinking of the book you want to write, do you like to plan everything out, or do you like to let the story write itself?
I knew what I wanted to write about. I knew who the primary characters were and how they would be able to interact and I let the rest unfold as I researched and wrote. I found that at times the writing informed the research, while at other times, the research informed the writing.

Do you have many unpublished books? if any at all?
I don’t have any completed unpublished manuscripts but I am currently writing the second book in the series.



What were your inspirations?
As I mentioned, I am inspired by the world around us. Nature can be resilient, but we are at a critical threshold and we need to consider what kind of a world we will be leaving for the generations to come.

What age did you start writing?
As I noted in a couple of other answers I started to put stories down on paper when I was in junior high, but creating stories about other places and people started much earlier. These questions made me think about the imagination of play that we have when we are young. I created fairly involved stories, sort of mini-plays, where my dolls and/or stuffed animals were the main characters. And when we formed roads and towns out of dirt I felt that the mostly invisible populace should have a story. So crafting stories came first, writing them down came a little later


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