Thursday, June 26, 2014

#mywritingprocess by Trista Hendren

I've been invited to join the #mywritingprocess blog tour from She Writes Press author, Kaolin, author of Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives

What am I working on:
I'm currently finishing a book for boys about the divine feminine, Tell Me Why.

I'm also compiling two anthologies for feminist women of faith.  Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak and  Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Madeline L'Engle said, "If I have something that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I will write it in a book for children." So my books are written for children but can also be read by adults.

As a mother of two fairly young children, I grew tired of reading the same books over and over that, for the most part, lacked substance. I don't believe in talking down to children. I never used baby-talk with my children. I believe we should speak to children as if they are intelligent beings who have as much to teach as we do them. I believe children are much smarter and more intuitive than we give them credit for.

I also include quotes from other people I admire in my books. My hope is these quotes and poems will strengthen children as they grow and that they can come back to during difficult times. The art, quotes and story lines in my books are multi-layered so that the reader can take something new away from each reading.

Why do I write what I do?
I want to change the world as quickly as possible. I believe children are the change-makers among us, as generally speaking, adults are pretty set in their ways.

How does my writing process work?
I write when I feel inspired. Usually I will have an idea and let it percolate for a while. I work through many of my ideas by walking. Then, when I'm ready, I sit down and write it all down without any judgments.  I come back to it later (several times) for editing.

Up next is Elizabeth Hall Magill. Elizabeth has been blogging about feminist issues at Yo Mama since 2011 – posts have been featured on BlogHer (Spotlight BlogHer), Miss Representation’s Sexy or Sexism campaign, and Girls Re(write) Herstory. A video reading of her piece “Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine: Venus” is featured in the May 2013 issue of Spaces literary magazine.

Elizabeth holds degrees in English from the College of William and Mary and James Madison University. She has been a technical writer for IBM and taught college-level writing and gender courses. She is currently researching two nonfiction books, American Sexism: Questions and Answers and Reclaiming Venus: Embracing the Sacred Feminine to Finish the Sexual Revolution.

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