As most of my readers have seen, I’ve had the pleasure of reading, working through and reviewing Star Chronicles: A Bible Based Study of the Stars over the past few weeks. While you’ll get to see my in-depth thoughts on Star Chronicles next week, I’m thought that I would preview the book just a little bit by bringing you an interview with the book’s author, Dawnita Fogleman.
Dawnita Fogleman is a fifth generation Oklahoma Panhandle Pioneer. She and her husband, Paul, have six amazing children. They have homeschooled from the start and now have two graduated and starting their own businesses. With the family business and their little farm every day is a surprise. Dawnita blogs about life on the “funny farm” at FoglemanForerunner.com.
When writing a book, how do you go about planning for it? Do you have a method you use?
I probably use them all. I’m a nutty writer. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and just write and write pages and pages. Sometimes I make methodical outlines and lists. Once I started puting this book together, I found myself going back and forth and doing a lot more research during the actual process than what I had done before in preparation.
What would you say to a young person who aspires to be a writer? What advice would you give? Also, what would you tell his/her parents in order to help them be supportive in their child’s efforts to pursue writing as a career?
Write, write, write, write. …and read, read, read. With relunctant writers, I encourage them to tell me the stories of their imagination or to audio record them. We have one child who writes novels. When she told me as a preteen that she wanted to be a writer, I just encouraged her to write. The nearest thing to a formal English program we ever did was Wordsmith Apprentice and Learn to Write a Novel Way. I constantly encourage creativity in our children. They get very, very little time on the computer until they are about 16 years old. I’d rather them read, write, draw, & play outside!
What is your goal with writing?
Simple; to Glorify God.
What other projects will you be working on in the near future?
More unit studies. I’d like to do something with Shakespeare, Art, and of course more on the Stars. There is enough of God’s Universe to keep me busy for a long time.
What inspired you to write this book?
Questions like this put me in a state of, “uhhhhhhh.” Everything. I’ve always loved the stars and science, but I guess the real motivational factor was friends really pushing me to do it. I needed to be hounded.
Did you always have a talent for writing, or is it something you wanted and needed to work harder to achieve?
I didn’t really read or write untill I was about 12 years old. My grandmother was tired of trying to decifer my scribbles and spent a summer teaching handwriting & encouraging me to read more. She sent me novels & I wanted so much to please her that I read whatever she sent me. Within a few years, my mother had to start grounding me from books! I was addicted. I began writing for school essay contests and keeping a journal. Now I have to write, it’s just part of me.
With all of the duties that you juggle, when do you fit in the time to write?
Well, honestly, I neglect other things. I only fold laundry and make a mad cleaning dash through the house once a week. The children are old enough now that they do most of the cooking & cleaning. I also make the children part of my writing. What I write about is usually what we are learning as a family. This book is a classic example of that.
Is your writing style different now than it was when you first began? In what ways have you grown in your writing?
Wow. Yes. I am much more careful what I write now. My thoughts are less confused and jumpled; I have more purpose. God has done amazing things in my life. It definitely comes out in my writing. I write more for Him now than for myself
Now that you know a little more about the author, I hope you’re even more excited about her book. Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll give you a full description and review of Star Chronicles.