Episode 036 – Kara Lucas is the author of Finding Pony, a young adult issue-driven novel.
- Kara Lucas has been a social worker for more than 20 years. In that time she has seen many profound stories of people coming from marginalized circumstances. She wants to bring the profound stories inside these people to light. Kara describes why she likes to write in the young adult genre. Winning a Golden Pen award for her writing in the 6th grade peaked her interest in writing. Being in a critique group helped hone her writing skills. She shares the story of helping an eight-year old boy whose story became Finding Pony and how his story motivated her to write the book. Teens have validated the story as resonating with them. Writing the story became therapeutic and provided a degree of closure for her too. Kara has two other works in progress about characters in Finding Pony. She admits to being okay with being an advocate in her issue-driven stories. Kara is an exciting new author of a book that should be read by those that care about children in today’s challenging world.
- Young adult issue-driven fiction.
The Blog Post That Gives Background on Finding Pony
- In one of her blog posts, Kare wrote: “Over the years, I have worked with countless children and their families. And to me, each child, each family I encountered (and encounter still, to this day), has a profound story to tell. Sometimes, when I learn of a child’s history, the traumas, the amazing obstacles she has had to overcome, her absolute bravery, I think to myself, there is a story there. A story worth telling. And I suppose that is why Finding Pony became a book.”
- Here’s a link to the blog post: Tales from the Frontlines: Jason & Rico.
My Writing Obstacles
- I’m still having obstacles. Getting my pages in, finding time to write, giving yourself permission to be creative, to committing. Whether or not you can fill the page, finish the book, or find an agent, it’s a series of obstacles.
My Writing Motivation
- Just getting the story down. The challenge of getting what’s in your head on paper and written correctly.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing
- If I can sit at the computer every day, even if it’s just for five minutes, and write a few sentences, that will keep the energy going.
What I Love Most About Writing
- When I am able to create a character that not only I care about, but the audience cares about – that’s really satisfying. And when you are writing a scene and it takes over your brain and you are not even aware of your surrounding, that’s really satisfying too.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- It’s my own head. I’m a perfectionist and I’m always telling myself that my writing is crap. Trying to get out of the head part of it is hard. I’m working on that.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- To read a lot, to have people read your work, and to write every day. Then there’s all the other stuff like your dialogue, getting rid of the adverbs, and so on.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- As a writer, you need to believe in yourself and keep going, and believe in your art form.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- Number one is to be proud of your book – to have it in your hands and be proud of the pages. Then number two is to have made a difference in some of your reader’s lives.
My Favorite Books on Writing
- Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary: A Memoir of the Craft and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing and Life.
The Authors That Inspires Me
- In young adult, I like Judith Guest’s Ordinary People and S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Classics like Jane Austin and Ewan Forester are also great.
How To Find Me
- Kara’s personal website
- Kara’s Facebook page
- Kara’s Twitter page
- Kara’s Pinterest page
- Kara’s Goodreads page
About Kara from Her Amazon Author’s page
- Kara Lucas has been a social worker for over twenty years and has worked within all divisions of child protective services and for the last seven years, adoptions. She is passionate about advocating for kids in foster care, especially teens. She lives in Central California with her family and enjoys reading and hiking. Finding Pony is her first novel.
From My Perspective
- Today’s From My Perspective segment talks about kids and ebooks, and how publishing ebooks for children is an exciting opportunity for authors.
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