INTRODUCING…FLORENCE WITKOP and WOLF LEGEND!
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m pretty boring. Wife, mother, grandmother. Former teacher, census taker, IT person, former fishing-and-hunting-resort owner and more.
I take walks, make handmade greeting cards for my large family and to sell here and there, and I cook large quantities of practically everything and freeze it in small containers that I usually end up tossing when the freezer gets full.
What I do that makes the difference… that sets the brand of my writing… is observe. I love watching. I watch everything. People. Trees. Forests. Lakes both above and beneath the surface. Sunlight and shadows. Night and day. Wildlife. Wildflowers. Prairie grasses. Mud. Snow. Ice. Dirt. And everything else. And I incorporate all those things in my writing which is probably why it’s been described as eco-fiction. Because my whole world ends up in there somewhere.
1. How did you get started writing?
I was driving through the forest in a blizzard the thirty miles to my job teaching first grade when I thought there must be a better way to earn a living. Something I could do in the comfort of my own home so I could watch the blizzard instead of drive through it. So, with my husband’s encouragement, I quit my job and started writing and never looked back.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I don’t write specific genres. Rather I write a story that comes from somewhere inside of me and find a genre that it seems to fit into. Since most of my stories involve a supernatural element because my imagination refuses to be limited by the observed world, that genre is usually fantasy.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Re-writing. Taking what I did and making it better, smoother, more easily comprehended.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I make greeting cards and have made art gourds and reed baskets, so I’d do something like that. Greeting cards for sure because I can either sell them or give them away. Not so easy to get rid of baskets or gourds. As you might guess, I’m hyper, I can’t sit still, so I’m always doing something.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast. Slow, leisurely and it sets the tempo for the day. But that’s only possible because I work at home on my own schedule.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
I learned to write in first person, heroine’s point of view and that’s still my favorite. I love how it allows me to dig deep into her character.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I’d read constantly if I could. My husband insists I’d never leave the bathroom if the T-paper had writing on it. I love science fiction, love the possibilities inherent in that genre.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’d live in Minnesota in the forest on the north shore overlooking Lake Superior. A hundred odd miles east of where I live now and just like my current home. Cold and snowy in winter, lush in summer, still and wild and beautiful all the time but there’s also that view of Lake Superior, which is awesome. I’m checking out property there but probably won’t end up there because in the process of looking I’ll find something equally inviting somewhere else. I love everywhere.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Orange because it’s my favorite color. Other than black and white together, that is, I love the simplicity and stark contrast of black and white, only they aren’t really colors so they don’t count. But orange is a color and it goes with anything. It’s a generalist kind of color and I like that.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Earth Legend will be the last of the Legends trilogy. It’s planned for sometime late this spring. It’s about a descendant of Ceres, the goddess of the harvest, who stows away on a space ship colonizing a far distant planet because she knows that her expertise with plants will be necessary to keep the plants alive that will keep the colonists alive. She’s caught, of course, and thrown in jail.