Writers Off Task With Friends Show 12: Guest Virginia Finnie

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Talent runs in families…

and Writers Off Task With Friends is no different. Bestselling author Allison Maruska has another author in her family – Virginia Finnie, author of the popular children’s series Hey Warrior Kids and her newest release It’s A Super Bad Terrible Day.

Join us as we learn about foot-long millipedes in Kenya, writing for short audiences, and embarrassing things Allison did as a kid. Probably.

This week’s show:

The pressure was on guest Virginia Finnie since NO guest has ever NOT won our weekly best author quiz! How did she do?

And what was with the karate chopping woman in her illustrated children’s book?

This week we discuss:

  1. What does an author have to do to win you over?
  2. How a children’s book differs from a novel
  3. What’s your favorite time to write?
  4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten on a vacation?
  5. Embarrassing stories about Allison.

Yes, it’s a bit silly. That’s the point. But it’s also insightful and fun. That’s also the point. 

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8 thoughts on “Writers Off Task With Friends Show 12: Guest Virginia Finnie

  1. I wonder about Dan’s comment that people no longer are willing to put up with predictable stories. The entire movie industry continues to tell terribly boring and predictable stories and people seem to eat it up. Maybe novels are different, but there’s plenty of stories out there with the backing of big publishing that don’t seem all that original.

    It was fun to see Allison’s mother. My parents were both excellent storytellers. People came for miles to hear my father talk about being a cop in a small town–he had a great sense of comic timing. My mother was more the curator of family oral history. I credit them both for inspiring my own novels. They both attempted writing their stories down but somewhere along the way they got sidetracked living real life.

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    • It’s a topic that gets discussed fairly often. Some people say there are no original stories anymore, and others disagree, but your unique voice makes a difference for any story.

      That’s really cool about your dad. A good verbal story teller, like the old Bill Cosby stories from the 1960’s, is amazing to hear and enjoy. I wish I could be that kind of verbal storyteller one day, but I’m too verbose. In writing, I can edit the extranneous stuff out.

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