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I’m happy to be part of the blog tour for Legacy: An Anthology published by Velvet Morning Press by some of the authors from The Book Wheel’s #30Authors event in September 2014. Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you an author interview with Paula Young Lee, whose contribution to the Legacy anthology was a short story called Sonny’s Wall featuring a quirky set of neighbors. For more reviews and author interviews, visit others on the tour schedule. Proceeds from the purchase of Legacy: An Anthology (affiliate link) benefit PAWS for Reading.
Without further ado, I give you my interview with Paula.
1. What does the idea of “legacy” mean to you as an author?
2. Was it a challenge to be given a theme to write about and then have to come up with a story corresponding to that theme?
3. Can you give us a few clues about the subject of your story?
4. As an author, what inspires you?
5. What are some of your favorite books and authors? How have they shaped your writing?
6. Give us one piece of advice for aspiring writers.
About Paula Young Lee
Paula Young Lee is the author of several books, including the memoir, Deer Hunting in Paris (winner 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Book Award, Society of American Travel Writers). She is currently writing an adventure series for Young Adult readers.
I love the idea that books are a form of time travel. It’s so true, just last week I was in turn of the century France with Coco Chanel, back to Barcelona in the 1950’s after their Civil War and skipping through countries and time in LEGACY this week.
I think Paula’s tip on writing works well for bloggers too. Often the posts with the best responses have been those we are scared to write. For me, the posts about my Rheumatoid Arthritis are the hardest to write physically and emotionally. When I started this blog, I wanted to help myself overcome the depression from living with a chronic illness. I feared that people would not care what I had to say. What astounded me was the reassurance that I am not on this journey alone, there are so many people suffering from chronic illness like me whether they show it or discuss it.
I’ve deviated from my blog purpose somewhat but with all this talk about LEGACY this week, I’m realizing that perhaps bringing about awareness and empathy for RA and other invisible illnesses is my LEGACY. Perhaps it’s my LEGACY to support and inspire others in their quest for contentment and peace. Perhaps it’s my LEGACY to inspire others to share their stories. All these small moments in our lives is what makes up our legacy.
What will your legacy be? Be sure to pick up a copy of Legacy, proceeds go to benefit PAWS For Reading!