I’d like to introduce our first Author Mommy of the new year! She’s pretty darn awesome, you all.
Author Mommy:Indigo Wood
She writes both Middle Grade and Young Adult books. Two of her published books are:
Demon’s Heart (Under Emily H, Bates)
Stone Alliance (under Emily H. Bates)
She is a mommy of tiny kids and understands the struggle to write while they are small. She says, My biggest struggle is just finding quiet moments where I can focus. My kids aren’t old enough to understand a “do not disturb” sign, and so I have to squeeze my writing in while they’re sleeping and/or at preschool. That doesn’t give me a lot of time, so I have to guard those times with the fierceness of a mama dragon.”
When I asked her how she best balances her author and mommy life she said, “For me, I absolutely cannot write while my kids are around. If they interrupt me, I get cranky with them, and then I feel terrible about it and can’t focus on creating. So I’ve carved out specific niches of time that are dedicated writing time–preschool/naptime, evenings or Saturdays when my husband can take the girls, etc. Knowing that I will have those pockets of time to dedicate my focus solely to writing makes it easier for me to be fully present and focused when I have my mama hat on.”
I asked her if she had a story to share about being an author mommy and she had a sweet one. “I write to inspire others to love stories as much as I do, and nothing is more fulfilling that seeing that spark in my own children. My older daughter loves for me to tell a story “out of my mouth” at bedtime–make one up for her. It gives my creativity a workout, and it encourages her to make up her own stories. My most heartwarming author-mommy moment was when she sat next to me while I was frantically scribbling down a moment of inspiration, pulled out a paper and crayons, and said, “I’m going to be a writer like you.” Whether she becomes an author or not, I’m happy that I’ve been able to share my love of stories with her and her little sister.”
Her advice to other author mommy’s : “I’m going to steal from Jennifer Nielsen on this, because her advice was exactly what I needed to hear: “You can be an author AND a good wife. You can be an author AND a good mother. You can be an author AND a good daughter of God.” It is a struggle to balance a writing career and motherhood, but you can do them both, and you can do them both well. You will feel like you’re neglecting one area or another now and again. Don’t beat yourself up about it. There’s only one of you, and only twenty-four hours in the day. If you are doing the best you can, that’s all anyone can ask of you. Just pick yourself up and keep trying.”
Her advice for balancing your own writing with learning the craft: “Don’t neglect your reading. Not just craft books, but books in your age group and genre. I’ve found that my writing suffers the most when I’m not actively reading polished stories from talented authors.”
Thanks Indigo Wood for sharing with us! She is awesome.
If you’d like to lean more about her and her books find her at: