This week I interviewed for a position writing short stories for a children's magazine. Far from my usual path of writing fantasy and romance with adult content, I was surprised to feel energized by this prospect. Having two children of my own, I feel I am connected with my new potential audience and thankfully, children are a little easier to please.
I finished one short story to send to my prospective employer and it has inspired and motivated me. I don't see myself stepping too far off my familiar path but now I'm wondering if I can travel down two paths at once and manage either or both, successfully. I already know that if I'm fortunate enough to be published, it will be under two different names. Some content found in my fantasy/romance manuscripts would make parents uneasy. I find myself wondering the same thing when I see a cross-over author, just what's in this story, eh?
Not only am I working to write stories for the twelve and under crowd now, but I'm illustrating them as well. This is something I've done for years and I'm much more comfortable with a pencil in hand than a pen. But the thought of having my illustrations published along side my stories is an amazing feeling. I'm thrilled, but now I have to calm back down and get back to writing.