Hi, I’m Nan, thank you to Susie Slosberg for inviting me on this blog tour of authors and illustrators. Susie and I met while doing our yoga teacher training where we bonded over yoga, our love of dogs and writing. I’ve been practicing yoga for more than two decades and have been writing for more decades than I would like to reveal.
What am I working on now?
Aside from my yoga, I’m working on a novel. Six months ago I wrote a short piece and the main character wouldn’t leave me. She showed up in dreams, while I was driving, accompanying me while walking my dog, and of course on my yoga mat. I had no choice , I had to let her out
The short answer to why I write is…I have to. My words are the illustrations of what I see in my mind’s eye.
How does your writing/illustrating process work?
No matter what I start my day with yoga. I find that yoga allows me to get out of my way when I write, sending my ego on holiday.
My non-fiction personal essays come, as a seedling of an idea. I’ll noodle out a phrase or a word that describes what I’m getting at; at that point I’ll sit down to write. I’ll usually get a first draft out in one sitting. Over the course of time, I’ll begin the edit process to tighten the piece.
With fiction, I have no process other than sitting down at the keyboard. From there, the story and characters take me on a journey. I’m just along for the ride.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It would be pompous of me to answer this question. I only hope to be as good as those I emulate. My essays are my essays, unique to me, hopefully universal to all.
Next up, Jackie Goldstein.
I met Jackie in a writing class at the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute. Jacqueline Grandsire Goldstein is a former English teacher, a novelist, a foodie, and a reluctant traveler. Ironically she is married to a man bitten badly by the travel bug. She and her husband live in Chappaqua, New York. Jacqueline loves meeting with writing buddies like Nan Mutnick, writing about food, and re-reading Jane Austen.
Links to the Blog Tour Author/Illustrators –
Marcela Staudenmaier: http://marcelaillustration.blogspot.com/
Judith Moffatt: http://www.judithmoffatt.com/
Susan Novich: www.susabean.com
Meg Sadano: http://msodanoillustration.com/updates/
Anne Wert: http://www.annepwert.com/
Sarita Rich: http://saritarich.com/about.html
Susie Slosberg: http://www.pinkchairprints.com/
Nan Mutnick: http://nanyoga.com/