1. You’re a wife and mommy of four. Please describe a day in the life of Deanna Fugett, the wife, mother and writer.
Chaos. What more need I say? Actually, I think we have it under control for the most part. We do have four very active and needy kids. So we’ve had to learn to adjust with each passing year. My husband and I are not super strict, so we let the kids ‘do their thing’ and encourage independence and a helpful attitude around our house.
I drop kids off at school in the morning, hubby’s long gone by then, and go home. I usually throw in a load of laundry, do a load of dishes and then get to my writing. I hate cleaning, and only do it when I have too. Most of my day can be taken up just with dishes, laundry (I’m in charge of SIX people’s laundry. It’s never-ending!) and writing and just taking care of my family’s needs in general. There’s always SOMETHING I should be doing. It’s just a matter of doing it.
2. What inspired you to begin with your current WIP?
Well…I’m not sure exactly. Honestly one day I just sat at the computer and said, “I’m going to write a story today,” and it just kind of happened. Two months later I had my first rough draft.
But I can credit my mom for my love of reading which inspired my love of writing, which also comes from my elementary school teachers, Mrs. Bholson and Mrs. Olson.
Mrs. Bholson fostered a love of writing in me at a young age (I went to a small school, so I had her 1st through 3rd grade) and then in 6th grade Mrs. Olson challenged us to write a book someday. I already knew I loved writing and had been told I was decent at it, so I made a promise to myself that someday I would write that book. And here I am.
3. Favorite place and time to write?
Anywhere, anytime. Seriously, whenever I get a free moment, like when my kids are in school. Which only happens Monday and Wednesday, that all four of them are gone. So those are the two main days I focus on writing, or at least attempt too.
They all know it’s important to me, and there are plenty of times I will be typing away with my kids, while my youngest takes a bath, or when my daughter wants me in her room while she plays dolls. I try to not lock myself away and always be available to them, no matter what. It’s not always easy. Sometimes if I’m really inspired, it’s frustrating to get that “Mommy!” right in the middle of a big scene. But I have to make my family my number one priority and put my work down. They will always come first.
4. You write Speculative YA fiction, with some of most interesting character names I’ve seen. What one message do you wish to portray with your current WIP?
My message is simply this. Even in a dark, wicked world we have to put aside our fears and be brave.
Actually, I have tons of mini messages weaving throughout the entire series, but those you’ll have to discover for yourselves.
Challenges, PUBLISHING. Holy moly, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to write a book. I had my nice little rose colored glasses on, thinking to myself. “Oh gee, this is going to be great. I’ll write a best seller, give it to a publisher, they will love it and my life will be great.”
Oh my, how wrong I was. It’s so much more complicated and difficult then I ever thought it would be. But I love it. And I’m not going to give up. Ever. I will make this dream happen.
Victories? Well, I guess my victory is the responses I have gotten from my story Ending Fear, which is the first in The Gliding Lands Series. People seem drawn to it. I’m not sure why, but it seems to hit a chord with a lot of folks so far.
6. If you could have one quality of your main character, Fear, what would it be?
Probably her ability to be passionate. She’s a teen girl with lots of crazy hormones, she’s kind of annoying sometimes, and she doesn’t always think straight. But she’s passionate about things. I never want to lose passion in my life.
7. Do you have a favorite scripture?
My mom gave my the verse Matthew 5:9,
“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God,” when I was very young. I was a peacemaker growing up.
I know I’ve changed a lot since then, and now I like to stir things up a bit. I don’t always keep the peace, as it were. Maybe I’ve become jaded in some aspects. But I’d like to think that I still have the ability and definitely the desire to be a peacemaker.
You can also add the entire book of Psalms. It’s my favorite book of the Bible and any time I am distressed I can always find God’s love, promises and beauty within those words.
Thank you Lucy, for the interview, it was a pleasure!