Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Deanna Klingel

Welcome, Deanna. So good to have you on our blog. Now on to your interview:

Is there a story behind Cracks in the Ice? Cracks in the Ice is precisely what the book is about. Gina is a figure skater whose only self- identity is on the ice. She sees her entire life through that focus, so when things are going along well she’s on smooth ice. When there’s a crack in that surface, Gina figuratively, falls through the cracks in the ice.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

I recently came across a yellowed crisp newspaper that was a poem I wrote in college. I don’t remember it, but I guess I did it.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

Historical fiction. It’s my favorite to read and to write.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

Oh dear, that’s like asking which child I love the most. They’ve all been fun in different ways, but probably the one that has the most sense of fun is Jim Limber, in The Mysterious Life of Jim Limber. That’s not been published yet. But, he’s a real “fun” character.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

That would have to be Storm Sykes, Willy’s dad. It’s from Waiting With Elmer, also not yet published.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?

Cracks in the Ice.This story takes us from innocence to adulthood, which, as us old folks know, really is only a few chapters, and it takes us from gold medal victory to utter despair at the bottom of the abyss. Then it brings us back to the surface with another kind of victory, a new beginning. A story of a resurrected life is also a good plot, I think.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

Probably Waiting With Elmer, not yet published. I don’t think it’s a twist that is suspected.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

If you mean writer’s block in the sense that a writer can’t write, or work, then no, I don’t believe in that. I think there are lulls in creativity, pauses in the process, but I don’t think writers ever can “not write.” Write something, for goodness sake, don’t just sit there and whine that nothing is happening. Write. Write a grocery list, write a list of publishers, just keep writing and sooner rather than later you’ll be back at that story, refreshed. I think it’s very real that writers and every other human, can get what I call “e overload” when frustration with technology might “block” your concentration. So power off and go for a walk. It’s not permanent. No writer should ever not work because of “writer’s block.” That’s my opinion, of course.

Have you ever written fan fiction

I don’t know what fan fiction is.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I write all the time on anything that’s handy. But my work is on my computer.

 Do you archive everything you write?

No, I don’t archive. I have a gazillion versions of everything and multiple drafts. The only one that matters is the last one. That’s the one I keep. Occasionally I might pull out an entire chapter that has possibilities for reuse. I might save that one.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?  
Absolutely I do. Some ideas are good ones, but the timing isn’t right. It might be right another time or for another purpose. Yes, I keep a file of story ideas.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written? My favorite historical fiction is the Avery and Gunner series. That was my first out the gate, which is like the favorite eldest child. My favorite biography is Bread Upon the Water. I grew spiritually while interviewing this. It’s my favorite biography. My favorite fiction is Cracks in the Ice. I made up the whole thing and that’s exciting. Generally, my favorite is the one I’m working on at the moment, the one that needs me the most at that moment. Just like children.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
I’ll never write dystopian, science fiction, horror or erotica. I don’t enjoy reading them, so I’d never write them. I read the manuscripts a thousand times while in the process, so it better be something I enjoy reading and not something that will give me nightmares.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I’ve got several things “out shopping” right now, everything is rewritten, edited, “done,” for now. I’ll probably have something brand new started later this spring or early summer that I’ll work on. An idea came to me the other day that has me humming a little, stewing about it.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

I’m not sure that writers can write a character that doesn’t have a little of themselves portrayed. Avery has my wanderlust and love of seeing new things. Tien has the faith I hope to have if I’m ever tested. Gina as a little girl was quite a bit like I was, wanting to be in charge of something, decide things for myself. Unsure how to go about that.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

I don’t dream very much. I sleep.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

I’m not overly concerned in the beginning, but I’m careful. Misspelled words and poor grammar, stop me when I’m reading and also when I’m writing. The best way to keep the words flowing and not be stopped is to write it right and keep on going. Even though I say I’m not overly concerned, if I see a misspelled word, I stop and go back to it, even though I know I don’t have to. It interrupts my concentration.


How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I’ve got several things “out shopping” right now, everything is rewritten, edited, “done,” for now. I’ll probably have something brand new started later this spring or early summer that I’ll work on. An idea came to me the other day that has me humming a little, stewing about it.

Where do you most like to write?

I write at home in the upstairs loft. My computer and big screen is on the desk; behind is a wall of windows that overlooks mountain tops and tree tops, rhodendron, mountain laurel and pine, mostly. Nothing moving except birds. It’s perfectly quiet up here. Beside me are all my resource books and research, lap top and files, bottle of water. My dog is beside me. This is where I write.

Does music help you write? I don’t listen to music when I write. I have to listen to my characters talking to me, talking to each other. I don’t want distractions.

How do you find the time to write?  I don’t find the time. I make the time. I try to plan the days so that some days are “out” days: oil change, haircut, vet, groceries, that kind of “out.” It makes a busy day, but leaves the others to be “in” days. Some “in” days are going to be partial days because I might have some home chores I have to do. I try to do them in a block leaving another block of time open. Then other days I have the entire day set aside for nothing but writing. When I’m really working hard on something, say getting a first draft down, or maybe trying to rewrite the entire manuscript in a difference person or tense, or editing a second draft, I need lots of uninterrupted time. So I “schedule” myself lots of time and my husband helps out, walking Buddy, running to the store, taking me for a quick supper. And I just write. Everyone has a busy life, and I think our time-saving devices have made us even busier. We work around the clock now with our “work” in our pockets, never shutting down. I think that’s a problem. We need rest, we need time to relax, rekindle, refocus. No one has “spare” time or “extra” time or “free” time. We’re booked up 24-7. I think that’s a mistake. And I don’t believe we can “find” time for any purpose. We need to consciously make that time, set it aside, whether it’s for meditation, prayer, visitation, cooking dinner, reading to the children, reading for your own pleasure, or working, writing. We have to make that time. And we must also make time for rest.


When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?  
I don’t know what book will be the next one out. I’ve got a few that are shopping: Waiting With Elmer is about an abandoned boy Willy who is being raised by the homeless men in the Union Mission. He’s learning Biblical truths with some interesting slants. Elmer is the patriarch of the little town of Waitnsee. He’s a homeless man who wheels through town on his hand-propelled platform sharing his wisdom and kindness. I hope that one will be next, but it might be Blue-Eyed Doll, or the Mysterious Life of Jim Limber, Rebecca & Heart, or Rock and a Hard Place, Lithuanian Love Story. These have all been in the works for a long time. Only God knows who will be next or if any of them will be.

 Thank you for inviting me for the opportunity to meet your followers. I appreciate it. Deanna

To buy the book, go here:

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Author's bio:
Deanna K. Klingel was raised in a small town in Michigan. She left for college, married, and spent the next twenty years moving every two years with her IBM husband Dave. Their family grew with each move. They eventually settled in Atlanta with their seven children where they put down roots for nineteen years. The children grew up, left home, and Dave retired. They moved to the quiet mountains of western North Carolina. It was here, in the quiet remote setting that Deanna returned to her love of writing, and began the life of a writer.

In addition to writing, Deanna works with her therapy dog making visits in nearby communities, and travels every weekend to market her books. She enjoys golfing with her husband and working in the gardens, too, but there just isn’t time!

Her books include Beth’s Backyard Friends, and Rebecca & Heart, both eBooks on Storyrealm.com, and published award-winning short stories that can be read on her website,

Other published books are:
Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, (Dog Ear Publishing, Oct 2010); Avery’s Battlefield, (Journey Forth BJU Press, March 2011);
Avery’s Crossroad, (Journey Forth BJU Press, Sept 2011;
Bread Upon the Water, (Rafka Press, spring 2011.)
Cracks in the Ice, (Write Integrity, Oct. 2012.)

Deanna writes primarily for young adults in a Christian market.

To connect with Deanna, go here:
Blog and website: www.booksbydeanna.com;
fb: Deanna K. Klingel; @deannakklingel

Deanna is giving away a copy of Cracks in the Ice. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


squiresj said...

Whow I am the first to comment - cannot believe it. I'd love to win this and review it. Then I would share it with someone.
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Patricia Bradley said...

I enjoyed seeing how Deanna writes and her thought process. I truly agree with her that we don't have down time unless we make time for it.
pat at ptbradley dot com

Teela said...

Cracks in the Ice looks like a great book that I would love to read! teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Cindi A said...

Great interview!

Thanks for the giveaway, too.


Merry said...

Cracks in the Ice sounds intriguing, I'd love to be entered. Thanks!
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