Where did you get the idea for Wade’s Wiggly Antlers?
I wrote Wade’s Wiggly Antlers after a camping trip in Lake Superior Provincial Park, where I came across a little moose, like Wade. After learning that male moose lose their antlers so bigger ones can grow — much like children lose their first teeth — I wondered how a young moose might feel when his antlers wiggled. Would he be worried? Would he be able to play?
Where and when do you write?
I do most of my “writing” in my head before I type a single word on my laptop or scribble a note on paper. Usually, a nugget of an idea will come to me from something I’ve read or an experience I’ve had (such as coming across a young moose while walking in the woods). Eventually, though, I have to get down to the hard work of taking that idea and building a story from it. Most of the time, I begin by writing long-hand and doodling in my unlined notebook.
What advice do you have for an aspiring writer?
Read, of course. Sign up for creative writing classes and workshops in your community. I’ve made many great new friends this way. Contest deadlines can be terrific motivators to write your story or poem or novel. Finally, every writer should have strong grammar and punctuation skills, and even then, be sure to have someone proofread your work before submitting it.
Who inspired you to become a writer?
My grandmother, the original L.B., loved to write. I never met her, but I grew up in the house she and my grandfather owned. Our bedroom closets were treasure chests filled with her yearbooks, art work and writing. She could also play the piano and was good at sports like baseball and basketball. Above all, she was adventurous and fun. She was my inspiration.