What is your favorite craft book?
I don’t know that this is considered a craft book, but one I use is Children’s Writer’s Word Book-Mogilner
Which do you think is the most underrated craft book? Why?
Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books- Sarah Bolme—we can all use pointers in the marketing arena.
What is your favorite (or most anticipated) writers conference?
Florida Christian Writers Conference
What’s your favorite other source (YouTube, podcast, etc.) for writing tips/info?
I will go with Rene Tatullupe’s Lyrical Language Lab—as a children’s writer, I need that rhythm and beat reminder!
Who is your writing mentor/inspiration? Why?
My writing inspiration comes from the hundreds of books I’ve read, enjoying a phrase or humor that paints a picture in my mind.
What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve been blessed; seems I have encouragers all around me.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Let your words sit for a while. Come back with a fresh perspective.
What would you say is the best writing tip for new authors?
In the natural, write. Jot ideas down quickly. Read. In the Spiritual, pray. Does God have you on a specific assignment? Are you being led by Him?
What is your best self-editing tip or advice?
Give your work time, set it aside, come back to it. Allow others to contribute opinions or ideas.
Please share your most encouraging tip for frustrated/discouraged writers.
Get involved in a critique group, perhaps through Word Weavers. Each meeting gives you encouragement and sage advice for this big adventure.
Tell us about your newest release/upcoming release.
Across the Sky. Two books with the same title, one a picture book, the other an elementary to adult chapter book. Both point to God’s love letter written across the sky through the constellations that tell the story of Christ.
Michel McCarthy is an author, teacher, and speaker. She taught middle school grammar and reading. She’s a wife, mom, and grandmom to six grandchildren. If she has a piece of paper, she’ll doodle and draw, and she can’t keep her head out of a book.She enjoys journaling and writing poetry, but she never thought she would become an author. Never say never!
You can find her online at www.michelemccarthybooks.com