10th Anniversary Feature: Cynthia Leitich Smith

This interview is in response to questions from Cynsations readers in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com.

Who or what has influenced your writing the most?

I read a novel almost every day. I read a stack of picture books at least once a week. Plus, I read nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, etc. That’s a cumulative influence.

More specifically,

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10th Anniversary Feature: P. J. Hoover

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author P.J. Hoover:

How fun to talk about craft, the writing life,

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10th Anniversary Feature: Lindsey Lane

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some established authors–folks I’d featured early on–the following question:

Over the past decade, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing/artistic life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from Lindsey Lane:

About publishing

Try very, very,

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10th Anniversary Feature: Zu Vincent

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author Zu Vincent:

A novel weaves its own brand of magic in connecting with readers.

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10th Anniversary Feature: N. A. Nelson

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author N. A. Nelson:

The most important lesson I learned about my craft came during my revision process.

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10th Anniversary Feature: Monica Roe

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author Monica Roe:

As I continue to grow as a writer, I have found it has become both the most rewarding–and also the most challenging and intimidating–area of my life.

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10th Anniversary Feature: Jody Feldman

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author Jody Feldman:

When the movie, “Field of Dreams,” came out in 1989 (coincidentally,

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10th Anniversary Feature: Barrie Summy

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some
first-time authors the following question:

As a debut author, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from author Barrie Summy:

I learned a very, very important lesson this past year as a debut author.

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10th Anniversary Feature: Toni Buzzeo

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some established authors–folks I’d featured early on–a few questions about what they’ve learned over the past decade.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft?

A decade ago, I had yet to land my first children’s book contract for The Sea Chest (Dial, 2002). I had put in three years of study,

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10th Anniversary Feature: Jane Kurtz

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of www.cynthialeitichsmith.com, I asked some established authors–folks I’d featured early on–the following question:

Over the past decade, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing/artistic life, and/or publishing, and why?

Here’s the latest reply, this one from Jane Kurtz:

In the past decade, I learned that writing is frustrating and tough and hard–and exhilarating beyond belief.

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