Today in The Page to Page Promo’s Author Interview Series we are interviewing Paula Hrbacek! Here’s Paula’s interview:
A Little on the Personal Side:
- If you weren’t an author, what would you be? I’ve always wanted to write, but I enjoy working with youth, too. Being a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts were some of the best times I’ve had. After my kids outgrew those programs, I went back to college and earned certification for teaching art. I did that for two years, and then the school closed. Now, I’ve combined those two loves, and I write a newspaper column about children’s arts and crafts that has art lesson plans, crafts for youth groups such as scouts, and other programs like summer camp and after school care. I’ve even published the plans I wrote for Cub Scout Summer Day Camp, in a book called “Day Camp in Hawaii”. I know how much time it takes for leaders and teachers to find good plans, so while I can’t do it myself anymore, I hope my books and articles will make their jobs a little easier.
- What types of books do you read? I like sweet, mild or clean books. I usually read romance, mystery and suspense. I also read self-help books and psychology. My romance novels have psychology in them, as I hope it will make the characters more real and the solutions more plausible.
- What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? Writing a book is a lot like getting married. It starts out being the best idea you’ve ever had, and you just know you can do it. You’re excited, in love with the idea, and can’t see any faults with your choice. Then, you get it outlined, and the basic plot going, but things happen to the characters that you didn’t plan on. You row with the flow, hope, pray, and do your best with it. But when the book is half done, you come up with a problem that you can’t solve. At this point, you have a choice, just like with marriage. You can quit, you can separate for a while and come back to it later, or you can talk it out and come to a compromise. I have several half-finished manuscripts that I divorced. All authors do. They’re like old boyfriends that just didn’t work out. But the ones you finish are quite satisfying. It’s worth the effort to work it out.
- Do you have a favorite place to write? Alone and at home. When I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation. I’ve tried taking a lap top with me, but authors need a vacation, too. I need to focus on what I’m doing.