Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2014 Fall Conference closes Friday, November 14. There, Karon Luddy will sit on the panel titled "The Many Paths to Publication" with Kim Boykin and John Hartness. Traditional or Indie, Big 5 or Small Press, Digital or Print: writers have never had more possible, viable paths to publication to choose from, which can make choosing harder than ever before. This panel discussion will feature three authors who have followed more than one of those paths, and can tell you what they discovered along the way.
Karon Luddy grew up in Lancaster, SC, and lives in Charlotte with her husband Tom. She is the author of the award-winning novel Spelldown published by Simon and Schuster and Wolf Heart, a book of poetry, published by Clemson University Press. In 2005, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University and became an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she teaches writing intensive classes in the American Studies Department. In 2014, Luddy's passion for writers, readers, and literature inspired her to create Backbone Books. The debut title of this new imprint, Bewilderment of Boys, was published in June. It is also the sequel to Spelldown, Luddy's first novel.
What are you reading right now?
Byrd by Kim Church.
Where is your favorite place to write? For fiction, I love to write in my home office.
For poetry and journal writing, I love to write sitting on the old white sofa in my living room.
If you weren't a writer, what kind of job would you like to have?
Who has influenced your writing style the most?
My younger self.
If you could switch places with one fictional character, who would it be?
I have no desire to switch places with any fictional character.
What do you hope attendees takeaway from Fall Conference, especially if they sign up for your workshop, panel, or Mart?
To put your best work out there and to help other writers, editors, and publishers do the same. It’s all about community and co-marketing.
Charlotte is known as both "The Queen City" and "The Hornet's Nest." Does one of those nicknames ring more true for you than the other?
The Queen City because I love female monarchs and my daughter is named Charlotte.
Sunday's "Brilliant at Breakfast" panel discussion is titled, "The Many Paths to Publication." What's the first thing you ever published?
My first publication was a poem titled “Graffiti on a Bathroom Wall.”
Give us three adjectives you hope critics use to describe your next book.
Mind-blowing. Whimsical. Authentic.
What is the most frustrating or rewarding part of the writing process?
When the poem, story, or novel itself breathes a sigh of relief that I am finished with it.
What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wish they had?
Lighten up. Take your work seriously, but not your Self.
Describe your ideal literary festival. Who would give the keynote address? Who would be the featured readers? What else?
My ideal literary festival would be a Women’s Book festival run by women, with all women authors and participants held in the Southeast. The focus would be on Narrative Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Three Keynote Speakers: Cathy Smith Bowers, Dannye Romine Powell, and Sheri Fink. For ages 16 and up.
Do you steal hotel pens?
No. I have a fetish for pens and I prefer to write with uniball Vision pens.
If you could mandate that everyone in the world read one book, which one would you choose?
Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.