[Author Interview] Sojourner McConnell | Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?
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ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Sojourner: I am a grandmother and I spend as much time as possible with my grandchildren. I even live with a few of them. I also live with my Australian shepherd, Beau. He has been my companion for the last 10 years. When not writing I like to research history and read books on all topics and genres.
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Sojourner: Literally all my life. I have jotted down poems, short stories, and even a cartoon character. Having my notebook full of writing is something my children equate with me and their years at home.
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Sojourner: My latest book is Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? It is my first official children’s book and it has been so fun reaching out to parents and children. It was book one of a new series featuring Dolcey. Dolcey is a fairy that assists children when life throws them a curve.
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Sojourner: Bringing these characters to life and sharing their stories. I love that the vague points in my mind can become a full fledged book complete with friends, neighborhoods, and personalities. I also love to be able to bring problems to the page and help people see another way to deal with the issue.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Sojourner: The most difficult aspect for me is staying focused on one story from start to finish. Right now I am looking at 3 works in progress and I am invested in each one all the time. In some ways it is more simple as I complete three works at one time, on the other hand, it sometimes overwhelms me and I have to stop writing for a day.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Sojourner: Sometimes I wake up and have the beginnings of a story in my head. Other times I am spurred on by an incident in my own past or unresolved feelings. Then they just grow as I write. I love when characters take on a full personality and begin to steer me in a new and different direction. While writing The Path of the Child, a new character popped up and took over. It was a wonderful turning point in the book.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Sojourner: I love to write early in the morning before everyone gets up and starts their day. The quiet other than the sunrise birds allows me to focus and get involved in the storyline.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Sojourner: When I write non-fiction, the history of the topic will cause me to research further into survivors, participants, and witnesses. This allows my non-fiction writing to reach a more personal level. So instead of a newsworthy article it becomes an eyewitness and emotional story.
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Sojourner: I loved that I was able to slip in a history lesson in my children’s book. It made it educational as well as uplifting and motivational. That part has also been received well by reviewers.
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Sojourner: I am working on the second book in the Dolcey Series for children and I am submitting short stories for two anthologies. Three submissions for Halloween and one longer story for Christmas.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
Sojourner McConnell: I love the Internet so I am in a lot of places. I am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SojournerMcConnell/
Amazon Author page: Https://www.amazon.com/Sojourner-McConnell/e/B008IQDX4S
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Sojourner: I would like to say thank you for having me for this interview. Especially thank you for letting me chat about my passion, writing. You really made me think in depth with your questions, and I love when that happens. Thanks so much!
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