The Big Reveal

Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

Are you artistic/creative in other ways?

Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I draw house plans for fun. I got to live in two of them ;-D Including the house I’m in now. I’ve done gym floor logos, and I sew (like make my own patterns kind of sewing), and I used to write a lot of poetry. I guess I still do because of My Heart For Yours. I wanted to be a photographer for a while, but have sort of lost that desire to take beautiful pictures – this makes me a little sad. I taught myself to play the guitar, and would redecorate my whole house every year if I could.

Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
I actually started off as a singer/dancer/actor, majored in musical theater, and had big dreams to go to Broadway. Then I had kids.  Writing became my creative/dramatic outlet and eventually my dreams took a shift, and I’m so grateful they did. I’m so much happier being a writer than I ever was as a performer. I also draw on my theater education a great deal for my writing, so nothing was lost or wasted.

Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
Kind of – I play piano and I used to act a little (Oh, that’s a stretch, right?)

Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
No. Writing is about it for me. I do make scrapbooks and quilts for my kids, but this is purely out of love and I can’t say it gives me a creative high like writing does.


Melodie Wright, Agented author
No! I am the opposite of a craft queen. I do like to garden in summer and bake in the winter. But that’s it. Any free time I have (which isn’t much) is spent writing or reading.

Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
Hm, not really! Mostly I just love to read and get lost in stories which definitely helps in being able to write my own stories.

Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
I’ve played around with music and photography, but writing is pretty much all I do now. (I do sing in a church choir. I enjoy singing, but I’m not very good.)

Cassie Mae, Agented author
Um… no? I have no idea! Lol. I can’t draw worth crap. I took opera lessons when I was younger and performed in concerts and stuff. Did theater for a bit, but yeah, not really much else, lol.

Jade Hart, Pre-published author
Does painting an entire house count? I’m pretty artsy fartsy. I was the kid who cross-stitched! And I’ve dabbled in painting – sold a few, and I also made silver jewelry for a time. Now I’m a renovator so I get to play artist by wallpapering and plastering. Joy.

Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
I work in marketing, so my job requires that I flex my creative muscles on a regular basis. I also spent a number of years taking improv comedy classes, and used to perform with a comedy team, although I’ve taken a break from that. I take dance classes during the week, and while that’s more of an exercise thing I like to think of it as a creative form of fitness. So while writing is my main form of expression, creatively finds its way into my life in other ways as well.

Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
Not so much. I was into scrapbooking into a while, but I’m 4 years behind on one kid, 3 on the other. Maybe I’ll catch up when they go back to school, since I’m moving to digital. That’s about it for my creativeness.

How are you creative?

10 Responses

  1. I love these posts, Suzi – such a great idea! Much more interesting than celebrity interviews.

    I love to bake, but other than that I’m not very creative. I suppose I taught myself to knit, but that’s more because I’m interested in learning new skills (I also taught my self shorthand and how to touch type). I hate people thinking I’m creative because I’m a writer (I know… that’s a bit odd). I’d much prefer people knew me as somebody scientific – my degree is in science!

  2. Such great questions! I can be crafty at times, but it comes and goes. At least my desire to do the work does. I used to draw pretty well, but sadly haven’t practiced enough in my older years. 🙁 Wish I would have kept it up.

  3. What a great question – I was really expecting to hear how everyone was bursting with creativity. It sounds (for the most part) that while everyone has tried different things, writing is the one that really stuck. Very cool. One thing I’ve noticed lately is that I use creativity when teaching. It helps when developing lesson plans that try to instruct and pique students’ interests. Other than that, I got nothing. 😉

  4. Rachel Schieffelbein

    What you said about scrapbooking is exactly why I never started! I know I’d fall behind!

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