1. Letica: If you could be in any time period past, present or future which one would it be? And why?
Tricia: Well, first I thought World War II. I could get some great research . . . but I don’t know if I’m tough enough! Then I thought it would be great if I could go to the future far enough where travel is even faster and cheaper, then I could meet my friends, who live across the country, for lunch!
2. Cara: Tricia, you write fiction, books for youth, AND nonfiction. Out of the three, do you find any of them easier to write?
Tricia: Non-fiction is easier. I really, really love my fiction novels once I’m about 1/2 way through the book and know my characters and where the story is going, BUT the first 1/2 is murder. I question everything and research far too much.
With non-fiction I break it into sections, and can tackle a piece at a time. It’s harder to do that with fiction where everything flows.
3. Cara: Tricia, how has your family influenced your writing?
Tricia: If I didn’t have my family, I could hide away and write for hours . . . but I’m sure my writing would be flat and lifeless. My family reminds me of the color added to The Wizard of Oz. They bring joy, frustration, laughter, tears, and fun. They color my life and my writing.
4. Cara: Lake breezes or mountain vistas?
Tricia: My dream is to buy a house on the lake some day. My friend has a house like that, and I could sit there all day and soak it in. BUT I do have mountain vistas. As I’m sitting here looking out my office window, I have a perfect view of the Rocky Mountains which is about five miles away as the crow flies. I know many people fly from around the world for this view and I’m thankful.
5. Cara: As someone who does the same, tell me how YOU balance homeschooling and writing?
Tricia: Good question 🙂 I have a small office that has a desk wrapping around three walls. I have my corner and each of my kids have their own section with their computers. In the morning, they filter in and get started on their schoolwork. Now that they are older, a lot of their curriculum is computer-based. They work on their school work, and I work on my work.
I’m not sure if I was made this way, or God has helped me develop this ability, but I can stop and start my writing as needed. I can be in the middle of an emotional scene, stop and help with a multiplication project, then jump back into the writing.
I also think of homeschooling as a lifestyle, and I don’t simply focus on homework. We go on walks together, exercise together, do chores together, go to the library, watch educational movies, do devotions together, etc.
Actually, I’m not a scheduled homeschooler, but everything gets done during the day. Since they’ve been homeschooled their whole lives, the kids know what is expected of them such as work has to be done before play. I think this is important because for the rest of their lives in the real world they’ll have to be self-teaching and self-motivated to succeed in life. And I’d like to think I’ve imparted that to my kids.
6. Cara: If you could jump in the car with enough gas money to take you anywhere, where would you drive?
Tricia: I’d load up my family and go to Washington, D.C. We’d check out the country on the way there . . . and then fill up on museums and historical sites when we got there!
7. Cara: Honesty, wisdom, or humor, which do cherish most in a friend?
Tricia: Honesty. I have wise friends. I have funny friends. But the friends I cherish most are those I turn to who I know will encourage me when I want to be encouraged AND rebuke me when I need to be rebuked. They tell me what I NEED to hear, not just what I want to hear. And I know they do it because they love me.