January 2014 through December 2014 - Page 17

I nterviewing is more than just asking someone a quesion, and it’s one of the many skills that a writer needs. As a journalist for many years, I’ve done hundreds of interviews, and I’ve found that most people are happy to share their knowledge. In time, just about every writer of fiction or nonfiction will need a detail verified, or they’ll need to understand the ins and outs of a subject. In my mystery for girls, The Feather Chase, I had a swooping bat, and I couldn’t find a reliable answer as to whether or not it could hurt my character. I contacted my state’s fish and game department to verify that it was, as I’d imagined, harmless. You may hav