A Day in the Life with Middle Grade Children’s Book Author Glen Strathy
A Day in the Life is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we get a glimpse into our favorite author’s day-to-day life! Today’s guest is Glen C. Strathy, author of the middle grade novel, Dancing on the Inside
A Day in the Life of Glen C. Strathy
by Glen C. Strathy
I wish I could say what a typical day was like, but for me that’s something which keeps changing over time.
I’ve been a freelance writer for the past decade, during which period I co-authored two non-fiction books for adults and wrote promotional materials for financial newsletters. To write Dancing on the Inside, I forced myself to take one day a week just to work on children’s fiction. Often I would leave home and go to a library or a cafe, so I would be away from email, the internet, and the temptation to do things around the house (I work at home most of the time). In those days, I used a laptop that did not connect wirelessly to the web. It was slow progress, because each time I would have to put myself back into the mindset I had seven days prior.
These days, my wife is back in school, so I often have to take our daughter to her school in the morning, and pick her up in the afternoon. Both these activities seriously cut into my work time (I used to get up at six and work uninterrupted until noon, then do another stint from one o’clock to four). Then there are the after school lessons, and I am the family cook as well.
What also makes this month exceptional is that Nanowrimo is underway. For those unfamiliar, Nanowrimo is an annual challenge in which you try to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. This means I am often spending my evening hours trying to meet my daily word count goal.
At the same time, I keep telling myself I need to blog more and write more articles on writing for my website, www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com. I also have been trying to teach myself social media. The biggest thing I have learned is that making my thoughts available to a legion of strangers on the web and trying to make real connections to all these people can constitute an infinite demand on my time.
Oh yes, one day I hope to achieve the writer’s life most of us dream of: spending most days alone in a quiet seaside home with a typewriter, cafes and European restaurants close by, frequent elegant parties where I hobnob with intellectual and artistic giants, hundreds flocking to my readings or lectures on writing, a gardener, a maid, a well-stocked wine cellar, and a lifetime cost-of-living grant from a generous foundation or government.
But until then, there’s never enough coffee or hours in the day…
Glen C. Strathy started writing stories when he was 11 years old and too shy to have a life. He eventually found a life when he started acting in community theatre and met other writers, actors, dancers, and artists. He discovered that the best thing about performing arts (and other arts too) is that they give people more freedom to be who they want to be. After spending time as an actor, teacher, and freelance writer, he returned to his first love, fiction and wrote Dancing on the Inside, a novel for ages 9-12.
Glen earned an M.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated from the Artist in Community Education program at Queen’s University, Kingston. He co-authored two non-fiction books, one of which (The Coming Economic Collapse, Warner Business Books, 2006) became a New York Times Bestselling Business Book. He belongs to the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). His website www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com provides advice to budding authors.
Glen lives with his wife, fellow writer Kaitlin Rainey, and their daughter in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
You can visit his website at www.glen-c-strathy.com. Visit him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/glencstrathy and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glen.C.Strathy.author.
Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!
Glen will be attending Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including a paperback copy of Dancing on the Inside! Details will be posted at Pump Up Your Book on Monday, November 14.
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Contest begins on October 25 and ends on December 16.
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