Founder of Rainy Day Corner and Young Writer's Nook, Linda Dupie gives insight and guidance to children writers and guardians of children writers.
An Interview with Rainy Day Corner's Founder: Linda S. Dupie
It’s indeed a pleasure to welcome Linda S. Dupie. Linda was born and raised in Virginia and began writing at the age of twelve. For the past seven years, Linda has been a freelance writer. She left her job as a gift consultant in the summer of 1999 to pursue her passion. Her writing is on topics such as travel, children, and family issues, but she has dabbled in fiction and poetry as well.
Richelle: Welcome, Linda. As I understand it, you launched “Rainy Day Corner” last September. What are your goals for this site?
Linda: Initially I started Rainy Day Corner as a forum for young writers to publish their work. The scope quickly evolved to include solid information on how and where they can submit their writing in the form of markets and articles. Starting with the September 2001 issue RDC will provide articles and links to get the whole family writing whether it's for publication or a family journal. Future goals for RDC include writer's workshops, possibly making the annual print magazine Bi-annual, and many other ideas.
Richelle: Have you always had an interest in developing children’s writing, or was it something you sort of grew into?
Linda: I've always enjoyed talking with and teaching children, as a mother to an elementary age child I saw a need for more instruction on writing. Good writing mechanics are necessary in any job and schools seem to concentrate less on writing well.
Richelle: What would you like to instill in children writers?
Linda: I want children and teens to know they can write whether they do it for themselves or for publication. Writing is not something just for the grown-ups.
Richelle: It’s difficult for adults to deal with rejection. How do we help children deal with rejection letters?
Linda: Actually, I've found that kids/teens tend to handle the rejection
well, maybe because when I have to turn down their work I wish them luck in placing it with their next market. Turning down an essay or story is the hardest part of being an editor; many times they'll write back to me and ask for input. I always try to help especially since I might be their first experience in dealing with an editor. I concentrate on the strong points of their work and offer them links to articles or web sites that can help them fix or improve it. The young writer needs to know that rejection is a part of the business. Many things factor into when and what is published. When they receive a manuscript back they should correct and revise, then send it out again. To this day, I have yet to meet a perfect writer.
Richelle: If someone notices the gift of writing in their child, how do they encourage that talent without being pushy?
Linda: Listen to the child, make the necessary items accessible to them. If the child asks for help, then do some research at the library or on the Internet. Ask the child's teacher how you can foster the interest without making it seem like homework, and include the young writer in the research, too.
Richelle: Rainy Day Corner is filled with writing articles for children and parents. Do you get as much site traffic from children as adults?
Linda: It's hard to tell, but if I go by the email I receive it looks like the parents and children are visiting together.
Richelle: Have you received memorable emails from young writers that made you laugh or cry?
Linda: I have, the mail is usually from the parent thanking me for encouraging their child to write and have fun.
Richelle: Congratulations on your Honorable Mention in the 2000 Writer’s Digest National Zine Publishing Awards. Were you surprised?
Linda: Thank you, it was an awesome feeling to see my labor of love on the pages of Writer's Digest.
Richelle: I guess you know we’re sisters. I’m the regional representative in Mississippi for the National Association of Women’s Writers, and you are one for Virginia. Tell us a little about your affiliation with NAWW.
Linda: I've been associated with NAWW since May 2001 as the Virginia Regional Representative. I joined for the support offered to women writers. As the Regional Rep I am working on getting the word out to younger women writers 13-18-years-old. I want them to know there is an organization for them too.
Richelle: You’re the content manager for Young Writers Nook, which is also packed with articles and information for the young writer. Tell us about this site and your contributions.
Linda: Young Writer's Nook is a part of the Webseed Publishing Network. I'm responsible for keeping the site updated with new markets, links, and articles. I do some of the writing, but rely heavily on the kindness of other writers. The site is similar to Rainy Day Corner as it caters to the young writer 8-18-years-old, but is different in that it is only an informational site.
Richelle: Let’s get to Linda Dupie, the author. You have completed a memoir, murder mystery, and are starting a new novel. Can you tell us something about them?
Linda: The memoir is the first book I've written. I wrote it in a fiction format and it's based on my relationship with my mother who died suddenly in 1997. Right now, a small press is considering it for publication. I've finished the first draft of my murder mystery and now I'm researching police procedure and forensics. It's a graphic novel with a serial murderer as the storyteller. My newest novel is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It's about two women and how their lives and friendship stand the test of time.
Richelle: Which was the most difficult for you to write – fiction or memoir?
Linda: So far the memoir was the most difficult, because I was dealing with real emotions and life events; some of which I was never able to express to my mother.
Richelle: Linda, what are you long-term goals and dreams for your writing?
Linda: My long-term goals are to find a publisher for my books and to keep making a living with my writing. I would also like to take Rainy Day Corner to the next level and find corporate sponsorship.
Richelle: For the child or adult who wants to find out more about you and your websites, please provide more information.
Linda: They can visit Rainy Day Corner at http://www.rainydaycorner.com/ Young Writer's Nook at http://www.youngwritersnook.com/ and my writer's home page at http://www.geocities.com/ldwriter_2000/
Richelle: I have already bookmarked all of them. Thank you, Linda, for joining us at Gotta Write Network.
Linda: Thank you, Richelle.
Richelle Putnam, GWN Children/Young Adult Editor 8/19/2001